No. 5 Virginia Hosts No. 14 Delaware on Sunday
|No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) vs. No. 14 Delaware (2-1)|
|Date and Time||Sunday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field|
|Additional Information||Â 2016 Season Stats | 2016 Fact Book (.pdf)|
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September 3, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (2-1) closes out its weekend homestand by hosting No. 14 Delaware (2-1) on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.
Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games. Live stats will be available through a Gametracker link on VirginiaSports.com.
Both Virginia and Delaware played in overtime games on Friday with the Cavaliers prevailing 3-2 over Rutgers while the Blue Hens dropped a 3-2 contest at No. 20 Old Dominion.
Senior striker Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.) leads UVA with four goals this season after adding a pair during regulation of the Rutgers game. Junior midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scored her first goal of the season when she netted the game-winner 1:29 into overtime against the Scarlet Knights.
Delaware erased a 2-0 deficit at ODU to force overtime on Friday night. Freshman Alexis Gazzio scored her first career goal with 53 seconds remaining to tie the game and send it into overtime before the Monarchs scored the game winner eight minutes into extra time.
Virginia leads the all-time series against Delaware 9-6-1, including winning the last six meetings. The two teams met last season in a pair of tight matches. During the regular-season, UVA won a 3-2 overtime contest at Delaware. Less than a month later, the two teams played one another in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with Virginia advancing after another overtime victory, 4-3. Delaware’s last win against Virginia came during the 1988 season.
Delaware head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof spent seven years as an assistant coach to Virginia head coach Michele Madison at Michigan State from 1999 to 2005 and succeeded Madison as the Spartans head coach after Madison left to take the Virginia job. Van de Kerkhof is in his sixth season at Delaware.
The Cavaliers will be on the road next weekend, traveling to face No. 4 Duke on Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in Durham, N.C. Virginia returns home to host Liberty on Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.