Makayla Gallen scored two goals to help power the Cavaliers to a 4-1 victory over UMass Lowell

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 11 Virginia field hockey team (3-0, 0-0 ACC) remained undefeated after topping UMass Lowell (1-2, 0-0 America East) by a score of 4-1 on Friday (Sept. 6) at Turf Field.
Junior striker Makayla Gallen (Glen Mills, Pa.) scored a pair of goals to lead the Cavaliers.
Gallen got things started in a hurry, dribbling through the defense and shooting the ball into the corner of the net 2:27 into the contest. She added a second goal 6:23 into the second quarter, converting a pass from freshman striker Olivia Marrus (Houston, Tx.) into a 2-0 advantage. Junior midfielder Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa.) scored the third goal of the game after a penalty corner. Sophomore midfielder Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.) sent a pass from the top of the circle into the middle, where Robinson converted the opportunity into a goal. Senior midfielder Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) made it a 4-0 advantage when she took off on a breakaway, stopping right in front of the goalie where she took an extra dribble and got her to lean the wrong way, opening up the cage for a wide-open shot. The River Hawks scored in the fourth period, converting their third shot after a penalty corner.
“The team stuck to the game plan today, and it got us the win. At this time of the season, there are some things that are working really well, and we need to keep doing those and keep fixing the little bits that need improvement. Job well done by the defense again today, but the attack also really found their rhythm.”


  • Virginia’s defense withstood five-straight penalty corners in a span of 1:25 in the third period. UMass Lowell took five of its 12 shots during that span, with four attempts blocked and one saved
  • Virginia had eight shots in the first half and 10 in the second
  • This was Gallen’s second multi-goal game of the year. She leads the team in goals (4) and points (8)
  • This was the second goal of the year for both Shanahan and Robinson
  • UMass Lowell had eight penalty corners, including the five in the 1:25 span in the third period, scoring on one. Virginia had three penalty corners, scoring on one
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) made five saves
  • UMass Lowell’s starting goalkeeper, Eva Berkhout, played three quarters, allowing all four goals and making three saves. Rose Cuozzo played the fourth quarter, registering one save
  • Sophomore back Amber Ezechiels (Niew-Vennep, Netherlands) played for the first time this season


  • The Cavaliers conclude their homestand by hosting No. 14 Ohio State on Sunday (Sept. 8)
  • The Ohio State game is an ACCNX contest, which streams live on the ESPN app and is available through participating TV providers that carry ACCN. Live stats will also be available
  • Admission is free for all regular-season home games