Virginia Falls at No. 3 Maryland, 6-3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Virginia field hockey team (5-7, 0-2 ACC) fell to No. 3 Maryland 6-3 Friday in College Park, Md. Sophomore Elly Buckley and freshmen Jess Orrett and Rachel Sumfest all scored for the Cavaliers in the loss.
Maryland (10-1, 3-0 ACC) held a 16-8 advantage in shots and recorded seven penalty corners to Virginia’s five on the evening.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when Sumfest recorded her fourth goal of the year. She received a pass from Hadley Bell on the left side and made a spin move in the circle before beating Maryland goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti on the far post.
Five minutes later the Terps tied the game when Megan Frazer notched her first of two goals. Her second goal came in the 29th minute on a self start and deflected in off the post.
Jemma Buckley, older sister of Virginia’s Elly Buckley, scored Maryland’s third consecutive goal on a penalty corner in the 32nd minute. She was assisted on the play by Janessa Pope and Harriet Tibble.
Elly Buckley returned the favor two minutes later, scoring on Virginia’s second penalty corner. She was assisted by sophomore Lane Smith and senior Rachel Jennings. Maryland led 3-2 at halftime.
Jemma Buckley then recorded the first goal of the second half in the 52nd minute on another Terp penalty corner and teammate Shelby Sydnor followed with a deflection into the cage in the 65th minute to put Maryland up 5-2.
The Cavaliers fought back and were able to convert on a penalty corner in the 66th minute. Orrett deflected in the ball on a pass from Buckley to cut the Terrapin lead to 5-3.
Maryland rounded out the nine-goal game in the 70th minute when Jill Whitmer scored on a fast break opportunity.
Vasalotti finished with four saves for Maryland. Virginia freshman Jenny Johnstone recorded seven stops while senior Adrienne Ostroff also played the final 5:36 in the cage.
The Cavaliers are back in action Thursday vs. UC Davis in Spring