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No. 11 Louisville (4-0) at No. 9 Virginia (3-2)
Date and Time Friday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field
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Sept. 11, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia field hockey team (3-2) opens up ACC action on Friday, Sept. 12, hosting No. 11 Louisville (4-0) at 6 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field. Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games.

Virginia is 4-1 all-time against Louisville including a 3-2 victory in the 2013 season-opening game in Charlottesville. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two as conference opponents.

Louisville moved up to No. 11 in the week one NFHCA poll after starting the season 4-0, including logging a 1-0 road win at No. 14 Northwestern last Sunday (Sept. 7). Shannon Sloss leads the Cardinals with eight points, scoring four goals on nine shots.

The Cavaliers fell from a preseason No. 6 ranking to No. 9 in the first regular-season NFHCA coaches poll after starting with a 3-2 record. Louisville will be the fourth ranked opponent the Cavaliers have faced this season.

Virginia comes into the game looking for its third-straight victory after downing then-ranked No. 7 Princeton, 6-4, last Sunday (Sept. 7), followed by a 3-0 midweek shutout victory over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday (Sept. 9).

UVa is third in the NCAA with 4.50 goals per game, 13.0 points per game and a 4.50 scoring average and fourth at 4.0 assists per game.

Sophomore striker Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.) leads the Cavaliers with 12 points, scoring five goals (including two game-winners) with two assists, ranking second in the ACC in points per game. Sophomore midfielder Lucy Hyams (Whitstable, England) has 10 points with four goals and two assists. Hyams leads the ACC, averaging 5.40 shots per game.

Senior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (Paisley, Scotland) was credited with her 10th career shutout in Tuesday’s victory over the RedHawks. Johnstone is averaging 3.40 saves per game and has a .708 save percentage.

Both of Virginia’s losses this season have come against Big Ten teams, falling 3-0 at No. 6 Penn State and 4-3 at No. 7 Iowa. Virginia will play its third Big Ten opponent of the season, Rutgers, on Sunday (Sept. 14) at noon to close out the current homestand. Virginia returns to conference action next Friday, Sept. 19, with a 6 p.m. game at No. 4 Duke.

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