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No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (8-0, 2-0 ACC) at Syracuse Orange (7-0, 2-0 ACC)
Date and Time Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m.
Location Syracuse, N.Y. | J.S. Coyne Field
Media Live Streaming Video | Live Stats
Additional Information Season Stats | Season Preview | Fact Book (.pdf)
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Sept. 24, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team (8-0, 2-0 ACC) will play at No. 2 Syracuse (7-0, 2-0 ACC) on Friday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at J.S. Coyne Field in Syracuse, N.Y.

Live streaming video will be available through Syracuse’s Cuse.TV subscription service. A link to free live stats is posted on

Virginia is off to its best start since beginning the 2010 NCAA Semifinalist season (9-0). The Cavaliers, who already have four wins this season over ranked teams, face the nation’s second and third-ranked teams in their next two games. Virginia hosts No. 3 North Carolina (7-1, 1-1 ACC) next Friday (Oct. 2) at Turf Field.

Syracuse and Virginia are two of four undefeated teams remaining, alongside Delaware, a team the Cavaliers will face on Oct. 18, and UConn.

The Cavaliers are currently fifth in the nation in points-per-game (11.0) and sixth in goals-per-game (4.0), pacing the ACC in both stats.

Junior midfielder Lucy Hyams (Whitstable, England) is the reigning ACC Player of the Week after having a hand in three of Virginia’s four goals in last week’s victory over No. 7 Duke. Hyams is ranked in the top-10 in the ACC in every offensive category, including points-per-game (1.88, 6th).

In Monday’s (Sept. 21) 4-2 victory over William & Mary, sophomore midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scored a goal and had two assists for the Cavaliers. Vittese is second in the ACC in points per game (2.38), contributing 19 points on seven goals and five assists.

Syracuse leads the conference and is second in the nation with a 0.83 goals-against average. Goalkeeper Jess Jecko leads the ACC and is ranked seventh in the nation with an 80.6 save percentage. Emma Russell leads the offense with 14 points. Russell, a senior, ranks second among active players in career points (117) and goals (48).

Virginia leads the all-time series, 3-1. Syracuse’s lone victory against Virginia came in the Orange’s only home game against the then-No. 4 Cavaliers, a 4-1 win on Oct. 5, 2013. Last season, the Cavaliers logged a 3-1 victory with Vittese scoring two goals and Hyams adding the third.

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