LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Virginia field hockey team (4-9, 0-2 ACC) suffered a 2-1 loss at Louisville (10-3, 1-1 ACC) on Saturday (March 13) at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.


After a scoreless first quarter in which Virginia took the only two shots of the period, Louisville broke the scoreless tie by converting a penalty corner 1:13 in the second quarter.

The Cardinals’ one-goal advantage stood until junior midfielder Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.) dribbled around defenders in the circle, attacking the goal from the left side and hitting paydirt with 5:43 left in the game.

Louisville was awarded a penalty stroke with two minutes left in regulation. Mercedes Pastor converted the opportunity, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

Virginia pulled its goalie to have an extra attacker in the final 1:55. The extra pressure paid off with UVA being awarded a penalty corner with a minute left in the game, but a shot by McDonough was saved and Louisville held on for the victory.


  • Annie McDonough’s goal was her first of the season
  • Junior goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) made six saves, four of which came in the third quarter
  • Both teams took 10 shots
  • Louisville had eight penalty corners; UVA had two
  • This was the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. Louisville has won all four
  • All teams’ conference records reverted to 0-0 to begin the spring campaign. Virginia was 2-3 in the ACC in the fall


“Our team is mad about the result. They played the kind of game you need to play to win in the ACC, but we didn’t pull it off. We played a solid defensive game and created what should have been enough offensive opportunities, but in the end, it’s about execution. I am very proud of their effort, in the game today and in the preparation this week leading up to it. Our practices gave us confidence and momentum and led to a very team-oriented performance today.”


  • Virginia returns home to host James Madison on Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m. at Turf Field