CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia field hockey team (3-2, 2-1 ACC) suffered a 5-1 loss at North Carolina (3-1, 2-1 ACC) on Sunday (Oct. 11) in an Atlantic Coast Conference match.

The Cavaliers trailed 1-0 at halftime, but three goals in the third quarter pushed the Tar Heels out to a 4-0 lead. Sophomore striker Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) scored the Cavaliers’ goal with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. UNC added its fifth goal with 11.7 seconds remaining in the contest.


The Tar Heels started their attack early, drawing their first penalty corner just 44 seconds into the game. However, the Cavalier defense managed to limit North Carolina to just one goal, a point-blank shot from Erin Matson that was initially stopped by sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Henriksen (Falls Church, Va.) before deflecting off her pads and going into the net, on its 10 shots in the half.

The Cavaliers created  scoring opportunities in the final minutes of the first half, taking three shots including a smash by freshman Meghen Hengerer (Bedminster, N.J.) just off the mark right before the halftime whistle.

The Tar Heels exploded for three goals in the third quarter, building up a 4-0 lead.

Despite the four-goal deficit and a driving rain, the Cavalier offense continued to work, with Janssen getting UVA on the scoreboard after smashing in a cross-circle pass from Meghen Hengerer with 10:25 remaining in the game.

The Tar Heels finished off the game by scoring their fifth goal in the final seconds of the game.

“Lots to take from today’s game! We will look at film and see what worked and what didn’t work. Tomorrows’ game will be a gut check.”


  • Laura Janssen’s goal was her team-leading third of the season. All three of her goals this season have been scored in the fourth quarter
  • UVA outshot UNC 7-3 in the fourth quarter, but UNC held an overall shooting advantage of 21-10
  • Virginia had three penalty corners in the fourth quarter. UNC had a 7-4 edge in penalty corners
  • Taylor Henriksen started the game in goal, making seven saves in 34 minutes. She allowed three goals
  • Junior goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) played the final 25 minutes in goal, making three saves with two goals allowed
  • UNC’s Amanda Hendry made seven saves
  • This was the Cavaliers’ first road game of the season, and the first home game for North Carolina


  • The Cavaliers and Tar Heels close out their series tomorrow (Monday. Oct. 12) with a 12 p.m. non-conference game
  • Monday’s match will air on the ACC Regional Sports Networks