Cavaliers Hit the Road to Face Towson, No. 12 ODU
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (1-1) hits the road for the first time this season to face a pair of non-conference opponents in Towson and No. 12 Old Dominion.
The Cavaliers will take on the Tigers at 1 p.m. Friday in College Park, Md. This is a time change as the game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. Virginia will then head to Norfolk, Va., for a nationally ranked showdown with the Monarchs. That game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Virginia is coming off a 1-1 opening weekend at home, defeating VCU 8-1 but falling to No. 8 Penn State, 3-0. Of the seven new players added to the roster, Jess Orret and Rachel Sumfest notched their first career goals against the Rams and freshman goalie Jenny Johnstone opened her career with seven saves in the cage. Additionally, junior Britt Knouse and sophomore Elly Buckley each totaled two goals and an assist over the weekend.
Towson (0-2) opened its season in Farmville, Va., with a 3-1 loss to Radford and a 2-0 loss to Longwood. Junior Janine Kovach scored the lone goal against Radford, assisted by Katie DeFilippo and Kim Schnell, who led the CAA in defensive saves last season. Redshirt freshman goalie Christina Siwiec played in her first games, accumulating nine saves.
Virginia holds an 11-0 record against the Tigers in the all-time series.
No. 12 Old Dominion (2-0) is coming off a successful opening weekend with victories over No. 8 Penn State (by a score of 5-2) and No. 10 American (4-1). ODU dominated in its opening game against the Nittany Lions with goals from five different players, while freshmen Kelsey Smither and Lydia Velzian each tallied their first collegiate goals against American. Senior goalkeeper Devon Siefert posted a 1.93 goals against average to start the season.
The Monarchs lead the all-time series with Virginia 32-11, but the Cavaliers have won the last three meetings. The last ODU win came during the 2007 season, a 3-1 victory in Norfolk. Last season, UVa registered a 5-2 win in Charlottesville.