COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 6 Virginia field hockey team (4-1, 0-0 ACC) suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night (Sept. 13), falling 3-2 in a shootout at No. 4 Maryland (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten).
Virginia twice held a lead in the game, going up 1-0 and then 2-1, but both times Maryland came back to tie the game, including scoring the final goal of the contest 3:34 into the fourth quarter. After two scoreless overtimes, the game went to a shootout that was tied 3-3 after the initial five attempts by each team. Maryland’s Bibi Donraadt made Maryland’s six attempt, but Virginia missed its ensuing shot, sealing the victory for the Terrapins.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a scoreless first half, junior striker Makayla Gallen (Glen Mills, Pa.) put the Cavaliers on the scoreboard, scoring a second-chance goal. Gallen picked up a rebound off of the keeper’s pads after she made a save on a previous shot by Amber Ezechiels (Niew Vennep, Netherlands). Maryland answered with a goal six minutes later to tie it 1-1. Junior midfielder Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa.) put the Cavaliers up 2-1 with 2:35 remaining in the third period, scoring on a penalty corner. Maryland tied the game 3:34 into the fourth period.
In the first overtime period, both teams had prime opportunities to score. Maryland had two penalty corners, but the Cavaliers defended both. Senior striker Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) had a breakaway one-on-one against the goalie midway through the period, but sailed the shot just wide of the net. Freshman midfielder Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) made a defensive save on a Maryland shot in the final minute to send the game into a second overtime.
In the second bonus period, Hausheer came out of the goal to challenge a Maryland player, but ended up fouling her, with Maryland being awarded a penalty stroke. Hausheer saved the stroke, keeping the game alive. Neither team could find the net in the remainder of the period, setting up a shootout.
Shanahan took the first attempt for UVA in the shootout and seemed to have her shot stopped, but she was actually fouled by the goalie and was given as second attempt, which she made to give UVA an early edge. Freshman Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) and senior back Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) also made their attempts, but the shootout was tied 3-3 through the initial five attempts. Maryland shot first in sudden death, with an attempt for Bibi Donraadt initially called good, then was waved off and then was called good again after video review to give the Terps the advantage. Shanahan took the ensuing shot for the Cavaliers, but it was saved, giving Maryland the shootout victory.
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“It was a hard-fought battle between two really good teams. Both put out a really strong performance today. If it comes down to shootouts, it is anyone’s game, especially in sudden-death. We did a lot of things well today. They were able to find each other, the presses were working and they just stayed in it and stayed together. It was a one-hundred percent team effort. That is what worked.”
- Anzel Viljoen and sophomore midfielder Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.) each had an assist
- Lauren Hausheer had a career-high eight saves, including four saves in the overtime periods
- Hausheer is now 2-for-2 on the season in saving strokes
- Maryland took 25 shots to Virginia’s 15
- Both of Virginia’s goals came off penalty corners; Maryland did not score off of a penalty corner
- Maryland had four penalty corners in overtime, two in each period
- This was Virginia’s first shootout since a 2-1 win over Richmond on Sept. 11, 2013
- It was their first loss in a shootout since Sept. 28, 2008 at Boston University
- This was the Cavaliers third game against a Big Ten opponent this season, going 2-1 in those games
- The Cavaliers return home to host Yale on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday’s game will stream live on ACCNX which streams live on the ESPN app and is available through participating TV providers that carry ACCN. Live stats will also be available
- Sunday is Girl Scout Day with UVA Scout day patches for the first 300 Girl Scouts in attendance. Scouts are also invited to join the team on-field for the anthem