Head coach Michele Madison picked up the 400th wn of her career as the Cavaliers shut out Syracuse, 2-0

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (6-1, 1-0 ACC) defeated No. 19 Syracuse (5-2, 0-1 ACC) by a 2-0 score on Friday (Sept. 20) in Syracuse, N.Y.
Freshman Cato Geusgens (Wassenaar, Netherlands) and senior Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) scored the goals for the Cavaliers to give head coach Michele Madison the 400th win in her career.
After a scoreless first half in which the Cavaliers were outshot 5-3, Geusgens provided the first goal, taking a shot off a penalty corner with 1:36 remaining in the third period. Geusgens attempt deflected off a defender’s stick into the net to give UVA a 1-0 lead. Viljoen scored her goal 1:08 into the fourth quarter. After a save after an initial shot on a penalty corner, Viljoen lifted a ball into the corner of the net to make it a 2-0 advantage.
“There are a lot of great players in those 400 wins. A lot of great coaching staffs. I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the people that I have had in my life to be successful. I am truly blessed to have the career I have had.
“Syracuse put pressure on every ball, every pass. They made us fight hard for every possession. We figured it out  in the second half. Our defense did a great job keeping us in the game until we could score.”

  • Michele Madison has a 400-240-8 career record as a head coach, becoming the ninth NCAA Division I coach to tally 400 career wins
  • This was the ACC opener for both teams
  • This was Virginia’s second-straight shutout and its third of the season
  • Geusgens goal is her third of the season and third in the last two games
  • Viljoen’s goal was her first of the season
  • Viljoen had her team-leading six assist of the year. Sophomore Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.) and freshman Danielle Husar (Mississauga, Canada) each also had an assist
  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) saved four shots
  • Syracuse had ten shots, Virginia had six
  • Both of Virginia’s goals came after penalty corners


  • 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 Networks