No. 10 Virginia Hosts No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday
|No. 10 Virginia Cavaliers (9-5, 2-2 ACC) vs. No. 2 Syracuse (12-1, 4-1 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field|
|Media||ACC Network Extra Streaming Video ||
|Additional Information||Â 2016 Season Stats | 2016 Fact Book (.pdf)|
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October 13, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 10 Virginia field hockey team (9-5, 2-2 ACC) hosts No. 2 Syracuse (12-1, 4-1 ACC) on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field.
For those planning on attending the game, please be aware that the Virginia football team will be at home as well on Oct. 15, hosting Pitt with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. Free parking is available on a first-come, first serve basis for both football and field hockey fans in all surrounding lots including the Cage and University Hall lots as well as the John Paul Jones Arena surface and garage lots. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday’s contest.
Admission is free for all regular-season home games at Turf Field.
Live stats will be available through the GameTracker link on VirginiaSports.com as well as being available through the Virginia Game Day app. The game will also stream live as an ACC Network Extra game online on ESPN3 and on the WatchESPN app.
Virginia comes into the game having won five of its last six games including a 3-2 victory at William & Mary on Tuesday evening. UVA remained at No. 10 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll while Syracuse moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 after defeating Duke 5-1in a top-five match-up last week.
Junior Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added three points to her team-leading total by scoring a goal and contributing an assist in the victory at William & Mary. Vittese, who has 22 points this season, has scored a goal and contributed an assist in each of the last four games. Vittese currently ranks 10th on the UVA career points list with 112 and 10th in career assists with 30. Vittese is one goal shy of tying Cheryl Gleason (1981-84) for 10th place on the career goals list at 42.
Senior Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored her sixth goal of the year at William & Mary. Tata also has 41 career goals and is one shy of tying for 10th place in the UVA career rankings.
Sophomore goalkeeper Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) improved to 7-3 in the win over the Tribe. Lucas leads the ACC with a 6.20 saves-per-game average and is 12th in the NCAA with a .756 save percentage.
Syracuse’s Emma Lamison and Roos Weers are the reigning NFHCA National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Lamison played a role in six of the Orange’s 10 goals last weekend with two goals and three assists. Weers scored two goals in both the win over Duke and the 5-0 victory over Cornell.
The Orange are ranked sixth in the country in scoring, averaging 3.88 goals per game and are fourth in scoring margin at +2.69.
The all-time series between the two schools is tied 2-2. Syracuse won both meetings last year including a 3-1 game at Syracuse and a 3-2 overtime victory in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. In 2014, the No. 10 Cavaliers upset No. 3 Syracuse, 3-1, in Charlottesville.
Virginia will head to Richmond on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to take on the Spiders at 4 p.m. before returning to Turf Field to host No. 7 Louisville on Friday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m.