No. 4 Virginia Faces No. 8 Boston College on Friday
|No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (7-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. No. 8 Boston College (6-2, 0-2 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Friday, Sept. 22, 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. 21, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team (7-1, 1-0 ACC) hosts No. 8 Boston College (6-2, 0-2 ACC) on Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. at University Hall Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.
The match will stream live online as an ACC Network Extra contest 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.
Virginia moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week’s Longstreth/NFHCA Coaches’ poll. Boston College moved up two spots to No. 8.
Virginia has won a conference-best six games in a row coming into the weekend. After a scoring a combined 14 goals last week in the victories over No. 18 William & Mary and Richmond, UVA continues to lead the nation in all offensive categories including goals (6.38), assists (5.00), points (17.75) and penalty corners per game (11.25) as well as holding the top scoring margin (+4.88).
Senior midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) also leads the nation in goals (2.38) and points per game (6.13) while ranking second in assists per game (1.38). Vittese scored both of the game winners in last week’s contests.
Freshman midfielder Pien Dicke (Den Haag, Netherlands) ranks third in the nation in goals (1.25) and points per game (2.88). Senior midfielder Nadine de Koning (Laren, Netherlands) is sixth in assists per game (1.00), which is second behind Vittese in the ACC rankings.
Dicke had her third hat trick of the season in the win over Richmond. Dicke is one of seven players in program history to have three or more hat tricks in a season. The single-season record is five, set by Meridith Thorpe in 1996. Junior striker Greta Ell (Plains, Pa.) scored her first career hat trick against William & Mary last Friday.
Boston College has won all six of its non-conference games, including defeating four ranked opponents, but the Eagles are still looking for their first conference win, having lost to then fifth-ranked Syracuse and then suffering an overtime loss to seventh-ranked North Carolina. Jaime Natale leads the Eagles with eight points on four goals.
BC will take on Pacific (3-5, 0-2 America East) on Sunday, Sept. 24 in a neutral-site game at Turf Field before heading back home.
The Cavaliers will face Pacific on Monday, Sept. 25 in a match that had its start time pushed up to 1 p.m. The Tigers are playing three games on their current road trip as they also play at No. 18 William & Mary on Friday night. Savannah Burns and Kriekie van Wyk are the leading goal scorers for the Tigers with five goals apiece.