CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia field hockey team (4-8, 0-1 ACC) opened the spring portion of the 2020-21 season by suffering a 2-0 loss against Duke (3-7, 1-0 ACC) on Friday (March 5) at Turf Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The game began as a midfield battle with Virginia taking the lone shot in the first quarter. The Cavaliers built better scoring opportunities in the second quarter, taking six shots to Duke’s four, but the score was still knotted at zero at the half.
The Blue Devils finally broke through with five minutes remaining in the third quarter when Kelsey Reznik intercepted a pass and took off on a breakaway. She lasered a pass to Darcy Bourne ahead in the circle who fired off an on-target shot. Duke added a second goal off a penalty corner in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Henriksen (Falls Church, Va.) made four saves for the Cavaliers.
- The Blue Devils won by an identical 2-0 score when the two teams played in the fall
- Virginia has scored against every opponent but Duke this season
- Sophomore striker Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) took four shots, three of which were on goal
- All teams’ conference records revert to 0-0 to begin the spring campaign. Virginia was 2-3 in the ACC in the fall
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“I saw a lot of good things in the first quarter. I thought we denied them many opportunities in the attack zone, but we didn’t capitalize so that’s always an issue. You’ve got to make them pay for it. And to finish the game, you have to stick to the game plan. I think we have people trying to win it for the team. Heroes don’t work in this game. You have to do it as a team. We have to grow from the loss. We have to grow from it and we have to decide how we’re going to play under pressure situations.”
“This is really a historic moment to have a spring season. It makes the spring really fun to gear up for real competition and not just play days. I think you grow in competition. You only get better by competing.”
ON THE HORIZON
- Virginia travels to play at Louisville on Saturday, March 13 at noon before returning home to host James Madison on Sunday, March 21