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Rutgers (4-1) at No. 9 Virginia (4-2)
Date and Time Sunday, Sept. 14, 12 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field
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Sept. 13, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 9 Virginia field hockey team (4-2, 1-0 ACC) closes out a four-game home stand hosting Rutgers (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field. Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games.

Rutgers earned a 3-2 road win at William & Mary Friday night as a first-half penalty stroke from Sofia Walia proved to be the game-winner.

Virginia has won three-straight games including downing No. 11 Louisville, 3-2, in double overtime on Friday night. Sophomore striker Caleigh Foust (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) deflected in a pass from freshman midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) 1:43 into the second overtime period to give the Cavaliers the victory.

Foust leads the team with six goals and is tied for the team lead, along with fellow sophomore Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.), with 12 points. Vittese has a team-best seven assists. Senior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (Paisley, Scotalnd) is 3-1 this season with a 1.90 goals-against average, saving 71.0 percent of the shots she has faced.

Rutgers is the third Big Ten team Virginia has faced this season. UVa is 0-2 this season against Big Ten teams, falling 3-0 at No. 6 Penn State and 4-3 at No. 7 Iowa.

Virginia head coach Michele Madison was a goal keeper for the Scarlet Knights field hockey team and also played lacrosse while earning her bachelor’s degree in physical education. This is the second time this season that Madison has coached against one of her alma maters. She earned her master’s degree in athletic administration at Iowa.

Virginia returns to conference action next Friday, Sept. 19, with a 6 p.m. game at No. 4 Duke. The Cavaliers will be back at Turf Field on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. when they open a three-game home stand by hosting Albany.

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