CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 15 Virginia field hockey team (4-4, 1-1 ACC) travels to face No. 1 North Carolina (8-0, 2-0 ACC) on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The game will stream on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Fans can also keep up with the action through live stats linked at VirginiaSports.com.
This game was originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 14, but was rescheduled because of the threat of weather from Hurricane Florence.
This will be the Cavaliers’ fourth match this season against a top-10 team. It will also be the first of three-straight games against top-10 teams, as the Cavaliers face No. 7 Louisville on Saturday (Sept. 29) and travel to No. 4 Duke next Friday (Oct. 5). The Cavaliers are ranked No. 15 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA poll.
Virginia split last weekend’s Boston-area matches, falling 2-0 at No. 9 Boston College on Friday before rebounding with a 1-0 shutout victory at Northeastern on Sunday. In the BC game, the Eagles broke a scoreless tie with 16 minutes left in the game and then added an empty-net goal in the final two minutes. Against Northeastern, junior Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) scored the only goal of the game 1:13 into the contest. It was her first goal of the season. Freshman Grace Wallis (Blue Bell, Pa.) had her team-leading fifth assist of the season on the play. Wallis also leads the team in points (13) and goals (4).
Senior goalkeeper Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) had five saves against BC and seven against Northeastern. Her season high is nine stops, doing so against both Penn State and Syracuse.
North Carolina comes into the game having only allowed three goals this season. The national leaders in goals-against average have registered five-straight shutout victories. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 52-17, and have won the last two meetings. Virginia’s last win over the Tar Heels was in the 2016 ACC final, with UVA winning 4-2 to clinch the first ACC Championship in program history.
The Cavaliers return home to host No. 7 Louisville (7-3, 1-2 ACC) on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. at Turf Field. Admission is free for all of Virginia’s regular-season home field hockey games.