CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia field hockey team (3-3, 2-1 ACC) will play its final two home games of the fall season this weekend, hosting Louisville (5-0, 4-0 ACC) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24. Both games begin at 2 p.m.

Due to health and safety considerations in addition to the current guidelines established for sports venues by the Commonwealth of Virginia, attendance at UVA home competitions is limited to family of student-athletes and each team’s coaching staff until further notice. There is no public admission to these events and all tailgating in University parking lots is prohibited. Gate will open 30 minutes prior to the game.

Broadcast Information

  • Both games will stream online through ACCNX, via the ESPN app, available through participating TV providers that carry ACCN
  • Live stats be available for both games

About the Matches

  • Friday’s game will count toward the Atlantic Coast Conference standings
  • Saturday’s game is considered a non-conference contest

Noting the Cavaliers

  • The Cavaliers are in third place in the conference, hosting conference-leading Louisville in a two-game weekend series
  • Virginia is coming off a bye-week after seeing a three-game win streak snapped by back-to-back losses at North Carolina on Oct. 11 and 12
  • All but one of UVA’s games this season have been decided by a single goal
  • Junior back Amber Ezechiels (Niew-Vennep, Netherlands) leads the team with seven points (two goals, three assists)
  • Sophomore striker Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) leads the team in goals scored with three, including two game winners
  • Ezechiels has the other game winner, coming in the double-overtime victory over Syracuse
  • Janssen has scored her three goals on 10 shots
  • Janssen’s three goals are tied for third-most in the ACC
  • Freshman Anneloes Knol, (Utrecht, Netherlands) scored her first career goal in the finale of the UNC series. Knol tied the game 1-1 with a strike in the third quarter against the Tar Heels
  • Knol has started every game this season for the Cavaliers, the only UVA freshman to do so
  • The Virginia goalkeeping tandem of Lauren Hausheer and Taylor Henriksen leads the ACC with a combined 40 saves this season. Syracuse has the second-most saves with 27
  • The two have a combined .784 save percentage. The only team with a better save percentage is Boston College, which has only played one game this fall
  • The two combined for an ACC-best 10 saves in the opener against North Carolina
  • Hausheer followed that with seven saves in the UNC finale, one shy of a career high

This Week’s Opponent

  • Louisville sits atop the ACC rankings with a 4-0 mark in conference play and a 5-0 overall record
  • Louisville also is coming off a bye-week. its last game was a 2-1 victory on Oct. 10 at Wake Forest
  • The Cardinals lead the ACC with a 0.80 goals-against average
  • The Cardinals’ offense is led by Mercedes Pastor, who has twice been named the NFHCA Play Safe National Offensive Player of the Week this season. She paces the team with three goals and nine points
  • Virginia leads the all-time series, 8-3, including a 3-2 victory last year at Louisville. The Cardinals won the last meeting in Charlottesville 2-0 in 2018

On the Horizon

  • Virginia will head to Duke next weekend, taking on the Blue Devils at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Durham, N.C.