Aug 22, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia field hockey team had two players named to the preseason All-ACC team, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced. Senior forward Elly Buckley (Scarborough, Perth, Australia) and junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (Paisley, Scotland) were honored in a poll of the conference head coaches.
Buckley, a three-time All-American, was among the nation’s leaders in scoring last season, ending the year ranked 23rd with 0.77 goals per game and 23rd in points per game (1.86). Johnstone, who earned All-ACC honors last season, led the conference for most of the 2012 season in save percentage, ending the year with a .720 efficiency.
The ACC also announced the 2013 preseason poll with the Cavaliers predicted to finish sixth. Last season, Virginia compiled a 16-6 record, finishing second in the ACC with a 4-1 mark, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2013 Virginia field hockey season officially gets underway on Friday, Aug. 30 when the Cavaliers host Louisville at 6 p.m. at Turf Field. UVa closes out the opening weekend by hosting Penn State on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. The Penn State game is also one of four contests during the regular season that will be streamed live online as part of the Cavaliers Live subscription package through VirginiaSports.com.
2013 Predicted Order of Finish
2013 Preseason All-ACC Team
Emma Plasteras, Junior, Midfield, Boston College
Paula Heimbach, Senior, Defense, Duke
Ali McEvoy, Senior, Defense, Maryland
Jill Witmer, Senior, Forward, Maryland
Maxine Fluharty, Junior, Midfield/Forward, Maryland
Charlotte Craddock, Junior, Forward, North Carolina
Emily Wold, Sophomore, Midfield/Back, North Carolina
Laura Hahnefeldt, Senior, Back, Syracuse
Elly Buckley, Senior, Forward, Virginia
Jenny Johnstone, Junior, Goalkeeper, Virginia
Anna Kozniuk, Junior, Back/Midfield, Wake Forest