No. 5 Virginia Hosts No. 25 Wake Forest
|No. 5 Virginia (13-3, 2-1 ACC) vs. No. 25 Wake Forest (6-8, 1-2 ACC)|
Date and Time Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. Location Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field
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Oct. 17, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (13-3, 2-1 ACC) hosts No. 25 Wake Forest (6-8, 1-2 ACC) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at Turf Field.
Please note: The home football game on Oct. 20 is scheduled to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. Parking around Turf Field will be impacted by the football game. All parking is first-come, first served so please plan on arriving early.
The Cavaliers, coming off an overtime loss to now-ranked No. 1 North Carolina, will face their third consecutive ranked opponent. Wake Forest are currently ranked No. 25 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll. This will be the third time this season that the Cavaliers have faced ranked opponents in three consecutive games. The Cavaliers defeated No. 22 Boston College, No. 12 Boston University and No. 4 Maryland in three consecutive games. Earlier in the season, they defeated No. 3 Old Dominion and No. 20 Michigan State before falling to No. 14 Northeastern.
Wake Forest will be the 10th top-25 opponent the Cavaliers have played this season. UVa is 6-3 against ranked opponents so far this season. It will also be the 10th top-25 contest for Wake who is 3-6 against ranked opponents. The Deacs are also facing a top-five ranked team for the fifth time, going 0-4 so far against them.
The Cavaliers have been ranked at No. 5 in the poll for the last three weeks, being alone in fifth place for the last two polls.
The Cavaliers, with the 7-0 victory over No. 19 New Hampshire two weeks ago, improved to a perfect 8-0 at Turf Field this year, outscoring opponents 51-11 in those home contests. The Cavaliers have three home shutouts and three victories over ranked opponents at home this season.
Paige Selenski (R-Sr., Shavertown, Pa.) has scored 18 of her 21 goals this season at Turf Field. Selenski, who is currently second in the nation in points-per-game (3.47) did not have a goal or an assist at North Carolina last week, only the second time this season she went pointless in a contest. Selenski leads the ACC with 21 goals scored, but is second in goals-per-game average (1.4, 4th in the NCAA). Selenski is third in the ACC (16th in the NCAA) in assists-per-game (0.67).
Selenski is seven points away from tying the Virginia program record for most points in a career and seven goals shy of tying the record for most goals in a career. Meredith Thorpe (1995-98) currently owns both records with 230 career points and 101 career goals. Selenski comes into the game with 223 career points and 94 career goals.
Elly Buckley (Jr., Scarborough Perth, Australia) moved into the top-10 among all NCAA Division I players in goals-per-game with her mark of 0.94 ranking ninth. She is also 11th in points-per-game (2.25). Buckley ranks third in the ACC in goals-per-game and fourth in points-per-game. Buckley ranks eighth on the Cavalier career lists in both points (128) and goals scored (51). Buckley also logged her ACC-leading third defensive save of the season at North Carolina.
Michelle Vittese (R-Sr., Cherry Hill, N.J.), who had scored three goals all season prior to the Maryland game on Sept. 28, has now scored in four of the Cavaliers last five games, including netting a goal in each of her last two contests. Vittese is ranked 35th in the NCAA and seventh in the ACC in points-per-game (1.67).
Rachel Sumfest (So., Lewisburg, Pa.) has also scored in each of the last two games. Sumfest is 39th in the nation in points-per-game (0.69), ranking ninth in the ACC. Sumfest has four game-winning goals this season, trailing only Selenski (5) for game winners by an ACC player this season.
Goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (So., Paisley, Scotland) logged a season-high 11 saves in the loss at North Carolina. Johnstone is ranked No. 17 among in the nation in goals-against average at 1.53 and ranked second among the ACC goalies. She currently has a 70.5 save percentage, ranking fourth in the ACC.
Forward Britt Knouse (senior, Mount Joy, Pa.) saw her first action of the season against North Carolina. Knouse missed the first 15 games of the season recovering from knee surgery.
The Wake Forest game will be part of the 2012 ACC Fall Sportsmanship week. At all ACC home competitions from Oct. 15-21, every league team will showcase its continued dedication to sportsmanship by participating in a pregame handshake.
Virginia will play next Saturday, Oct. 27 at No. 24 Duke before closing out the 2012 regular season at home on Monday, Oct. 29 when it hosts No. 2 Princeton University.