Cavaliers Close Home Portion of Regular Season This Weekend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (12-2, 1-2 ACC) plays its final two regular season home games this weekend at the University Hall Turf Field. The Cavaliers welcome No. 14 Wake Forest for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at 1 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, UVa’s six seniors will be honored following the 1 p.m. contest with Radford.
Playing their final regular season game at home on Sunday, Virginia will recognize fourth-years Haley Carpenter, Shelly Edmonds, Kaitlyn Hiltz, Kim Kastuk, Taylor Swezey and Boyd Vicars.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 3-0 victory earlier in the week over William & Mary at home. Junior Paige Selenski scored twice while Elly Buckley tallied a goal in the winning effort.
On the season, Selenski leads the Virginia offense with 18 goals and five assists for 41 points. Buckley has contributed nine goals and a team-best seven assists while Tara Puffenberger has added seven scores. In the cage, Kastuk tallies a 1.33 goals against average and a .831 save percentage.
Wake Forest is 8-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference play. Ranked No. 14 in the latest national poll, the Demon Deacons have been ranked as high as No. 6 this season. Wake played last against Radford, a 4-3 victory on Oct. 13, and will be coming off 10 days of rest.
Faith Adams leads the Demon Deacons with eight goals and six assists for 22 points this season. Teammates Lizzie Rae and Kari Walkey add seven and five goals, respectively. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf has a 2.85 goals against average and a .660 save percentage between the pipes.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 17-15. Last year, the two teams met twice during the regular season. The Cavaliers earned a 3-2 overtime victory in Charlottesville, thanks to a Michelle Vittese penalty stroke. Then in Winston-Salem, UVa defeated Wake 2-0 in conference play.
Radford is 8-7 this season and has dropped its last three contests. Most recently, the Highlanders suffered a 5-1 setback to Longwood.
Offensively, Kay Tufts paces Radford with eight goals on the season. Lara Cariker has five scores while Madonna Wadolowski posts a team-high eight assists. In the cage, Jennifer Wisniewski has a 2.18 goals against average and a .700 save percentage for the Highlanders.
The Cavaliers have never lost to Radford, leading the all-time series 23-0. The two teams have not played since the 2007 season, a 6-1 Virginia victory in Charlottesville.