Virginia Returns Home to Begin ACC Play
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia field hockey team (4-5) returns home after a seven-game road swing to begin Atlantic Coast Conference play vs. sixth-ranked Boston College at 6 p.m. Friday. The Cavaliers will then play host to in-state rival Richmond at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be held at the University Hall Turf Field and admission is free. Live statistics will also be linked on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is coming off two losses last weekend against then-No. 11 California (4-3 in overtime) and Northwestern (5-3) in Evanston, Ill. The Cavaliers dropped out of the NFHCA top-20 coaches poll and are receiving votes.
Sophomore Elly Buckley continues to pace the UVa offense with five goals and three assists for a team-best 13 points. Freshman Rachel Sumfest and sophomore Hadley Bell have each contributed three goals, while freshman Kelsey LeBlanc and sophomore Lane Smith each tallied their first career goals vs. Northwestern over the weekend.
Boston College (6-2, 0-1 ACC) moved up from No. 10 to No. 6 in the national poll after beating fourth-ranked Connecticut 3-1 over the weekend. The Eagles also opened ACC play with a 4-3 overtime loss to third-ranked Maryland.
Senior Carla Tamer heads BC’s offense with 17 points from seven goals and three assists. Classmates Courtney Travener and Chapin Duke each have 12 points, recording four and six goals, respectively. Additionally, sophomore Paige Norris has notched a team-best seven assists. Senior goalkeeper Nicole Barry has played in all eight games, contributing 22 saves and a .667 save percentage.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Boston College, 8-5. The Cavaliers have claimed the last four meetings between the two teams, including a 3-2 overtime win at BC last season. The last victory for the Eagles came during regular season play in 2006, 2-1, in Charlottesville.
Richmond is 4-3 on the season and also receiving votes in the latest coaches poll. Two of the Spiders’ three losses have come in penalty strokes to Ohio State and James Madison. Most recently, UR defeated Longwood 3-1 last Sunday.
Senior Katelin Peterson and sophomore Christina Amorose lead the Spiders with three goals apiece. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski boasts a 1.66 goals against average and a .841 save percentage in goal.
The Cavaliers are 30-4-1 all-time against Richmond. The two teams did not meet last season. In 2009, Virginia earned a 3-2 victory at home during the first round of the NCAA Tournament and also won the regular season matchup, 4-3, in Richmond.