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No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) at No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
Date and Time Sunday, August 28, 12 p.m.
Location University Park, Pa. | Penn State Field Hockey Complex
Media | Live Streaming Video
Additional Information 2016 Season Stats | 2016 Fact Book (.pdf)
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August 27, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (1-0) will play at No. 18 Penn State (1-0) on Sunday, August 28 at 12 p.m. at Penn State Field Hockey Complex in University Park, Pa.

Live stats will be available through a Gametracker link on with Penn State also providing live streaming video of the match.

Both teams opened their seasons with victories on Friday with the Cavaliers downing Miami, 5-1, and Penn State scoring five-straight goals to change a 2-1 deficit against Old Dominion into a 6-2 victory.

Virginia senior striker Caleigh Foust (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored the first goal of the season for the Cavaliers, smashing in a shot 3:46 into the game, while fellow senior striker Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored a pair of goals.

Senior midfielder Lucy Hyams (Whitstable, England) logged two assists against Miami, moving her into the top-10 in program history for career assists. Hyams has 28 assists, tying Natalie Wheatall (1982-85) and Meridith Thorpe (1995-98) for ninth place in program history. Hyams, a preseason All-ACC selection, led the Cavaliers in 2015 with 10 assists.

In addition to a strong showing from the veterans, the Cavaliers also had several first- years make an impact in the first game of their collegiate careers. Freshmen Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) and Dominique van Slooten (Laren, Netherlands) were both in the starting lineup while Colleen Norair (Fredericksburg, Va.), Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) and Averi Bent (Philadelphia, Pa.) also made their collegiate debuts. Shanahan was the first of the freshmen class to score a goal, picking up a rebound off the Miami goalie’s pads and knocking it in midway through the second half. Three minutes later, van Slooten scored her first collegiate goal while converting a penalty corner opportunity.

Penn State leads the all-time series 16-7 in a series dating back to 1980. Last season, Virginia prevailed 4-3 in overtime against the Nittany Lions in Charlottesville, with Nikki Freeman (Downington, Pa.) scoring the game-winning goal.

PSU senior Kirsten Gochnauer and sophomores Aurelia Meijer and Jenny Rizzo were each named to the 2016 Big Ten Field Hockey Players to Watch List.

The Cavaliers will be back home next weekend, hosting Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m., and Delaware on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games.

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