Freshman Cato Geusgens scored two goals as the Cavaliers picked up their second shutout of the season.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia field hockey team (5-1, 0-0 ACC) defeated Yale (1-2, 0-0 Ivy) by a 3-0 score on Sunday (Sept. 15) at Turf Field.
Freshman Cato Geusgens (Wassenaar, Netherlands) scored two goals for the Cavaliers, including the game-winner as the team notched its second shutout of the season.

Geusgens, a defender, staked the Cavaliers to a 2-0 lead after converting a pair of penalty corner opportunities, the first with 7:17 remaining in the first half and the second 2:38 into the fourth quarter. Sophomore striker Peyton Tollaksen (Chesapeake, Va.) added a third goal for the Cavaliers with just under five minutes remaining in the game when she knocked in a loose ball after an initial attempt from freshman midfielder Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.).
“After the double-overtime game on Friday night, we needed to get the team rested, so we didn’t practice on the field yesterday, which is why we were a little rusty to start the game. Out timing was a little off. Our ball handling was a little off, but the most important thing was to get them recovered. At halftime, we talked about how they were making their life difficult by not keeping possession of the ball. They needed to move the ball to the open player and keep possession. With our corners, we have a lot of options with a lot of people who can shoot the ball, which gives us a lot of variety and unpredictability. We can pretty much have a shot from six different places in the circle.”

  • Senior back Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) and sophomore midfielder Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.) assisted on both of the first two goals
  • Virginia outshot Yale 19-7
  • The Bulldogs did not have a shot on goal until the fourth period
  • Yale had five penalty corners to the Cavalier’s four
  • Geusgens goal was the first of her career
  • This was the fourth time this season that a Cavalier scored more than one goal in a game
  • Redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) made two saves, both in the fourth quarter
  • Yale’s Sydney Terroso made five saves. The Bulldog’s Holly Jackson also had a defensive save
  • Virginia is now 5-0 all-time against Yale
  • The victory was the 399th for head coach Michele Madison. She will be going for her 400th career win on Friday at Syracuse


  • The Cavaliers open ACC play on Friday, Sept. 20 when they travel to play at No. 23 Syracuse at 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday’s game will be Virginia’s first appearance on the ACC Network
  • Virginia will have the remainder of the weekend off before hosting James Madison in a special mid-week match on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.
  • UVA will close out that homestand by hosting defending-national-champion North Carolina on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. The UNC game will air on the ACC Regional Sports Network