WINSTON-SALEM, NC. – The No. 13 Virginia field hockey team (5-10, 0-3 ACC) suffered a 3-2 overtime loss at No. 11 Wake Forest (5-9, 2-1 ACC) on Saturday (March 28) in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Sophomore striker Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) tied the game with 1:11 remaining in regulation, but the Demon Deacons scored their golden goal 7:58 into the extra period. 


The Cavaliers got on the scoreboard in the final minute of the first quarter, scoring on a penalty corner. Junior back Amber Ezechiels (Niew-Vannep, Netherlands) smashed a shot from the top of the circle that was deflected in by sophomore midfielder Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.).

The Cavaliers only held the lead for less than three minutes as Wake Forest answered with a goal in the first two minutes of the second quarter. The Demon Deacons added a second goal five minutes later to make it a 2-1 game. Wake had a penalty stroke awarded right before the end of the first half, but the attempt was no good, as UVA held on to the one-goal deficit.

The 2-1 score held until the 58:49 mark of the game when junior midfielder Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.) dribbled through traffic and along the baseline, finding Janssen at the corner of the net to knock in the game-tying shot.

Hannah Maxwell scored the game-winner, with a shot deflecting off Virginia’s goalie’s pads into the net.


  • The two teams combined for six shots in the first half
  • Virginia held an 8-3 advantage in shots in the second half. Wake Forest held a 4-0 shot advantage in the overtime period
  • Wake had seven penalty corners to Virginia’s three
  • Laura Janssen’s goal was her first of the spring, but her team-leading eighth overall for 2020-21
  • Adele Iacobucci’s goal was her third of the spring and seventh overall this season
  • Amber Ezechiels now has 13 points with three goals and seven assists


“When you win you, don’t do everything right and when you lose you, don’t do everything wrong. It was a hard-fought game between two good teams with totally different styles of play. Humbling loss nonetheless. We know what our attacking strengths are, but we didn’t play to them enough. We have midfielders that can possess the ball in the tight, but we didn’t use them enough.  I am proud of the gutsy comeback hockey to tie the game late in the fourth. We lost it in overtime by going for too much, which left us exposed at the back. We paid for it.”


  • Virginia returns home to host No. 15 Boston College on Friday, April 2 at 2 p.m.