Third-Ranked Cavaliers Blank Radford 8-0 on Senior Day
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (14-2) blanked Radford 8-0 Sunday on senior day at the University Hall Turf Field. Freshman Elly Buckley scored four times, while junior Paige Selenski added two goals. Senior Haley Carpenter and junior Rachel Jennings also scored in the win; it was Jennings’ first career goal.
Virginia outshot the Highlanders 28-0 and recorded eight penalty corners while limiting Radford (8-8) to just one corner. Buckley (Perth, Australia) and Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) led the way with eight shots apiece.
UVa’s eight goals are the most scored this season.
Selenski’s first goal came 5:10 into the contest, assisted by Buckley. Jennings (Macungie, Pa.) then tallied her first career score on a broken corner, when Buckley found her from the top of the circle. That goal came in the 11th minute.
Buckley recorded her first of four goals on the afternoon on a Virginia penalty corner in the 20th minute. Tara Puffenberger (Dallas, Pa.) injected the ball to senior Taylor Swezey (Ambler, Pa.). Swezey set it in front of Buckley, who blasted the ball from the top of the circle.
Five minutes later, Buckley struck again, this time an unassisted score after a drive to the center of the circle.
Just before the horn went off indicating the end of the first half, the Cavaliers were awarded a penalty corner. This time, Selenski found Carpenter (Virginia Beach, Va.), who scored her third goal of the season. Virginia led 5-0 at halftime.
Selenski notched her second score in the 51st minute, sidestepping past the goalkeeper and putting it through.
Buckley then tallied back-to-back goals to cap the Virginia scoring. Her third goal of the game came in the 66th minute, unassisted to the far post. She also scored in the 68th minute on an assist from teammate Phoebe Willis (Fredericksburg, Va.). It was Willis’ first career point.
Following the game, Virginia honored its six seniors: Carpenter, Shelly Edmonds (Emmaus, Pa.), Kaitlyn Hiltz (Virginia Beach, Va.), Kim Kastuk (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), Swezey and Boyd Vicars (Durham, N.C.).
Virginia concludes the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 30) at Duke. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Durham, N.C.