Cavaliers Travel to Longwood Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (13-1) will play at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Longwood in Farmville, Va. No live statistics will be available.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 3-2 overtime win Sunday against fourth-ranked Wake Forest. Junior Inga Stöckel’s goal in the 61st minute tied the game 2-2 and sent the game into overtime. Sophomore Michelle Vittese converted on a penalty stroke at 2:55 to give UVa the win.
Virginia also defeated Cornell over the weekend, a 3-0 victory at home on Saturday. Sophomore Paige Selenski had two goals and junior Kaitlyn Hiltz had her first score of the season. It was the eighth shutout of the year for the Cavalier defense.
Selenski continues to pace the UVa offense with 16 goals and four assists for a team-best 36 points this season. Freshman Tara Puffenberger has eight scores while Traci Ragukas has five goals on the year. Ten different Cavaliers have notched goals this season. Ragukas and Vittese also lead the team with five assists apiece.
Longwood, meanwhile, is 5-6 on the year and has played six overtime games (with a 3-3 record in those games). The Lancers are riding a two-game winning streak after overtime victories against Virginia Commonwealth (1-0, Oct. 7) and Appalachian State (3-2, Oct. 10) at home. Amanda Babineau and Julia Hernandez notched the game-winning goals in extra timed against VCU and App State, respectively.
Hernandez, a junior, and Olga Knop, a sophomore from Berlin, Germany, lead the Lancers this season with four goals apiece. Lauren van den Kamp also has chipped in three goals while goalkeeper Erin Bollinger has a 2.61 goals against average and a .644 save percentage on the season.
The Lancers have faced two other ACC opponents this season, falling to Duke (7-0), Sept. 19) and North Carolina (6-0, Sept. 20).
Virginia holds a 15-2-1 advantage all-time against Longwood. Last year, the Cavaliers earned a 5-0 win in Charlottesville.