The Cavaliers logged their third-straight shutout as they defeated James Madison 2-0 on Tuesday evening

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (7-1, 1-0 ACC) defeated James Madison (3-5, 0-0 CAA) by a 2-0 score on Tuesday (Sept. 24) at Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.
Freshman Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) and senior Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) scored the goals for the Cavaliers as the defense logged its third-straight shutout.
Iacobucci put the Cavaliers on the scoreboard 31 seconds into the second quarter, dribbling into the circle and taking a hard shot that zipped past the goalkeeper and into the net. Viljoen added an insurance goal in the final three minutes of the game, knocking in a ball that was tipped up into the air by junior striker Makayla Gallen (Glen Mills, Pa.).
“I am happy with our passing game. We were able to move the ball down the field. Inside the 25, we were able to penetrate the circle and get some shots off, but we need to work on getting second and third shots off those chances.
“After getting that first goal, it gives you the energy to say, ‘okay, here we go. Let’s get into a rhythm.’ The second goal, we really needed that one as JMU was dangerous with how they could throw the ball down the field. It gave us a little breathing space. We were able to finish it after that and deny chances.”


  • Iacobucci’s goal was the first of her collegiate career
  • This is the second-straight game in which Viljoen has scored
  • This was Virginia’s third-straight shutout and its fourth of the season
  • Redshirt sophomore goal keeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) made one save James Madison’s goalie Kylie LeBlanc had four saves
  • Junior midfielder Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa.) logged her first defensive save of the season
  • Both of JMU’s shots on goal came in the first 1:40 of the game. They only took four more shots the entire game, none of which were on target
  • Virginia took 11 shots, including three by Iacobucci
  • Virginia had five penalty corners. JMU had one


  • The Cavaliers play three games this week including today’s contest
  • 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 be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Networks (Fox Sports South in the Charlottesville area)
  • Virginia closes out the week by traveling to take on Longwood on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1p.m.