CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team (3-2, 1-0 ACC) travels to play at No. 20 Liberty (3-2, 0-0 Big East) on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.
The game will stream on ESPN+, a subscription-based streaming service that is accessible through the ESPN app and on the following platforms: Amazon, Apple and Google. Live stats will also be available through a link posted on VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers were originally slated to play at No. 1 North Carolina on Friday evening, but the game was postponed due to Hurricane Florence with a reschedule date still to be announced.
Virginia moved back up to No. 7 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA rankings after playing a pair of top-25 opponents last week. Both of the Cavaliers’ games last week were 2-1 overtime contests with UVA topping No. 10 Syracuse on Friday in double overtime before falling to No. 21 Old Dominion on Sunday in one extra period.
Freshman Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse. A freshman has scored the game-winner in all three Cavalier victories this season. Freshman Grace Wallis (Blue Bell, Pa.) leads the team with 10 points. Going back to UVA’s final goal of the season-opener against Drexel, Wallis has either scored or assisted on each of UVA’s last six goals, including setting up Gill’s game-winner against the Orange.
Virginia is currently seventh in the NCAA in goals-against average, allowing 0.95 per game. Senior goalkeeper Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) leads the ACC in saves with 31 and has the best save percentage among the starting goalkeepers in the conference at .861.
Liberty, which fell from No. 16 to No. 20 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches’ Poll, leads the nation in scoring average (4.47) with Agueda Moroni scoring an NCAA-best 2.25 goals per game and 5.25 points per game. Liberty is coming off a 2-1 loss to Longwood on Tuesday night. They were scheduled to play Temple on Friday, but that game has been postponed and will now be played on Monday.
Virginia is 4-0 all-time against Liberty, which added field hockey in 2011. The Cavaliers and the Flames faced one another every year between 2013-16, with three of the games being one-goal contests. UVA’s largest margin of victory was a 2-0 win in the first year of the series.
The Cavaliers remain on the road next week, playing at No. 9 Boston College on Friday (Sept. 21) and Northeastern on Sunday (Sept. 23). Virginia returns home to host No. 8 Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. at Turf Field.