No. 7 Virginia Hosts Louisville in the 2013 Opener
|Louisville vs. No. 7 Virginia|
Date and Time Friday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. Location Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field Live Stats GameTracker Additional Information Season Preview | 2013 Record Book (.pdf)
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Aug. 29, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team opens the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 30 when it hosts Louisville in a 6 p.m. game at Turf Field.
The Cavaliers finished the 2012 campaign with a 16-6 record, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The squad features a pair of preseason All-ACC honorees with senior forward Elly Buckley (Scarborough, Perth, Australia) and junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (Paisley, Scotland) earning the accolades. Buckley, a three-time All-American, was second on the team in scoring last season, tallying 17 goals and seven assists. Johnstone, the All-ACC goalkeeper last season, led the conference for most of the season in save percentage.
Buckley is one of eight seniors on a team that also features nine freshmen, including midfielder Lucy Hyams (Whistable, Kent, England) who has played for the England U16, U18 and most-recently the U21 squad that competed this summer at the Junior World Cup in Germany.
Louisville has been picked to finish third in the Big East. Defending Big East tournament champion Connecticut was the unanimous favorite, receiving all seven possible first-place votes while Old Dominion was selected to finish second with 41 points – two ahead of Louisville. The Cardinals finished the 2012 season with a 12-8 overall record. They posted a 3-3 mark in league play and reached the conference semifinals for the eighth straight season. Alyssa Voelmle, a defender from Hershey, Pa., has been named to the preseason All-Big East squad after garnering second team All-Big East honors the past two years. In addition to her defensive skills, she was third on the team in scoring with 19 points, including eight goals in 2012.Virginia has won 10 of its last 11 season-openers, including a 4-3 overtime victory at Temple last season.
Admission is free for all 2013 Virginia field hockey regular-season home games.