Field Hockey Top-Ten Showdown
|No. 8 Virginia vs. No. 3 Old Dominion|
Date and Time Sunday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m. Location Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field
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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 8 Virginia field hockey team (3-1) closes out a three-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. when they host No. 3 Old Dominion (2-1) at Turf Field.
Old Dominion knocked off No. 1 Maryland, 2-1, Friday night in College Park. The Monarchs opened the season with a 5-2 loss at No. 9 Penn State before earning a 2-1 victory over No. 25 American. The Cavaliers are the fourth ranked team that the Monarchs face in the first two weeks of the season. The Cavaliers have faced one other ranked team this season, falling 3-2 at No. 9 Penn State last Sunday.
Virginia comes into the game after earning back-to-back blowout victories, a 6-1 win against Richmond and a record-setting 14-0 shutout of Towson. The 14 goals scored against Towson were the most scored in a single game by a Virginia team in the history of the program and also the most goals scored in a single game by an ACC team. Boston College, Duke, and Maryland’s program highs for goals in a single game is 13 with Wake Forest at 12 and North Carolina at 11. The NCAA record is 17, set by Missouri St. vs. Bellarmine in 1998.
Paige Selenski (R-Sr., Shavertown, Pa.) has had a phenomenal week, logging back-to-back hat tricks with three goals against Richmond and four against Towson. Selenski also has four assists to go with the seven goals, giving her 18 points.
Elly Buckley (Jr., Scarborough Perth, Australia), the Cavaliers’ leading scorer in 2011, has moved to playing defense this season, but still tied a career-high with four goals against Towson. Buckley has three assists in the two games for 11 points.
Rachel Sumfest (So., Lewisburg, Pa.) has already matched her goal total of her rookie season with five goals in the first four games. She also has a pair of assists.
Eight different players have scored a goal this season and 12 of the 16 active non-goalies have earned at least one point already this season.
The Cavaliers have won three of the last four games against the Monarchs. Old Dominion had a 4-1 victory last season in Norfolk. Old Dominion holds a 33-11 advantage in the all-time series.
Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders will be retiring this winter after 30 years at the helm of that program. Anders is the winningest Division I coach in NCAA field hockey history with 546 wins and nine NCAA national championships.
Admission is free for all 2012 regular season home games played at Turf Field.