No. 5 Virginia Hosts Commonwealth Rivals in Weekend Matches
|No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers (5-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. No. 18 William & Mary (5-1, 0-0 CCC)|
|Date and Time||Friday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | Turf Field|
|Media||ACC Network Extra Live Stream|
|Additional Information||2017 Season Stats | 2017 Fact Book (.pdf) | Bag Policy|
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Sept. 14, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (5-1, 1-0 ACC) will play a pair of weekend matches against in-state rivals, taking on No. 18 William & Mary (5-1 0-0 CAA) on Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. and Richmond (0-5, 0-0 A10) on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.
Both matches will stream live online as ACC Network Extra contests on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Live stats will be available through a GameTracker link on VirginiaSports.com. Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games.
The Cavaliers jumped five spots in this week’s Longstreth/NFHCA Coaches Poll, moving up to No. 5 while also receiving two first-place votes. William & Mary also vaulted up the rankings, coming in at No. 18 after being unranked in the first two polls of the season.
Virginia scored 10 goals last weekend, downing the-No. 1 Duke, 4-1, on Friday and Michigan State, 6-1, on Sunday. Virginia leads the nation in per-game averages for goals (6.17), points (17.50), assists (5.17) and penalty corners (12.83) as well as having the top scoring margin (+4.5).
Senior Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) earned her second straight ACC Offensive Player of the Week honor after scoring four goals last weekend. The midfielder continues to lead the nation in goals per game (2.67) and points per game (6.5). Vittese already has 39 points this season, matching her season totals of her sophomore campaign, the year in which she won the first of her two Longstreth/NFHCA National Player of the Year awards. Vittese has 16 goals this season, which eclipses the 15 she scored in 2015 and again in 2016. Her 16 goals are seven more than any other individual in the country, and she has scored more than 56 entire teams.
Freshman midfielder Pien Dicke (Den Haag, Netherlands) had her second hat trick of the year against Michigan State. Dicke is second in the ACC and 13th in the nation in goal scoring, averaging 1.17 per game.
Sophomore forward Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) had a pair of assists in the win over Michigan State. Shanahan has nine points this season with two goals and five assists. She ranks fifth in the ACC in assists and eighth in points.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career after making eight saves in the win over Duke. Lucas is second in the ACC in saves per game, averaging 4.50 per contest.
William & Mary, ranked for the first time since 2012, will be playing a pair of top-10 ranked opponents this weekend as they return home to face No. 10 Boston College on Sunday. The Tribe ran its winning streak to five last weekend with a 2-0 record at the Wolverine Classic, upsetting then-No. 7 Michigan 1-0 on Friday night before turning around and downing UC Davis 4-2 on Saturday. The win over the Wolverines was William & Mary’s first win over a top-10 team in five years. Cammie Lloyd leads the team with 11 points with four goals and three assists.
Virginia leads the all-time series against William & Mary, 29-16-2.
Richmond will face crosstown foe VCU on Friday before heading to Charlottesville for the Sunday match-up. Richmond is 0-5 this season, but four of those losses have come against ranked teams, including a 5-4 setback in the season-opener against No. 21 American. Freshman Florentine Beelaerts van Blokland leads the team in scoring with four goals and an assist.
Virginia leads the all-time series against Richmond, 35-4-1, and has won the last 11 match-ups.