No. 11 Virginia Plays at No. 2 Duke on Friday
|No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (2-2, 0-0 ACC) at No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (4-0, 0-0 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Friday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.|
|Location||Durham, N.C. | Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium|
|Media||Live Stats | ACC Network Extra Live Streaming Video|
|Additional Information||Â 2016 Season Stats | 2016 Fact Book (.pdf)|
|Social Media||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
Sept. 7, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 11 Virginia field hockey team (2-2, 0-0 ACC) will play at No. 2 Duke (4-0, 0-0 ACC) on Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Live stats will be available through a link posted on VirginiaSports.com. The game will also stream live online as an ACC Network Extra game on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
The Cavaliers were ranked No. 5 in the preseason NFHCA poll, but dropped to No. 11 after suffering losses against now-ranked No. 5 Penn State and No. 10 Delaware. Penn State received eight first-place votes in this week’s poll.
Duke rose from a preseason rank of four to its current No. 2 after logging three wins against ranked opponents in the first two weeks of the season, including a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Maryland.
UVA senior goalkeeper Rebecca Holden (Fishing Creek, N.J.) leads the ACC with 22 saves and is second in saves per game, averaging 5.50 per game. Duke’s Sammi Steele leads the conference with an 87.0 save percentage.
Senior striker Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.) leads the Cavaliers with four goals this season. Tata’s 1.0 goal per game average is tied for third in the ACC. Senior midfielder Lucy Hyams (Whitstable, England) leads the team with three assists, averaging 0.75 per game.
Virginia and Duke played three times last season, with all three games taking place in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers won the regular-season meeting, 4-2, and topped the Blue Devils 5-1 in the ACC Tournament, but Duke edged UVA 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia leads the all-time series 35-18.
This will be the first ACC contest of the year for both teams. Virginia has won its last two conference openers, downing Louisville in 2014 and 2015.
Virginia returns home to host Liberty on Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.