CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 12 Virginia field hockey team (6-10, 1-3 ACC) hosts No. 1 North Carolina (13-1, 3-0 ACC) on Friday, April 9 at 4 p.m. at Turf Field.


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


  • Virginia moved up to a season-best No. 12 ranking in this week’s NFHCA poll. UVA was ranked No. 14 last week
  • The Cavaliers are coming off a 1-0 victory against No. 11 Boston College, the Cavaliers’ third shutout victory of the season
  • Junior midfielder Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.) scored the lone goal of the game 3:25 into the second half
  • McDonough has scored three goals this season, all coming in the spring. She has scored a goal in three of the last four games
  • Junior back Amber Ezechiels (Niew-Vennep, Netherlands) was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career after anchoring UVA’s defensive efforts in the game, limiting BC to one shot on goal
  • Sophomore striker Laura Janssen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) leads the team with eight goals and 16 points. She is seventh in the ACC in points per game (1.0) and fifth in goals-per-game (.50)
  • Ezechiels and sophomore midfielder Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) are tied for 10th in the ACC in points per game (0.88)
  • Iacobucci has seven goals, three coming in the last three games
  • This is the Cavaliers’ final home match of the season. They will conclude the 2020-21 campaign next Friday at Syracuse


  • This will be the third meeting of the year between the two teams. UNC won the first two, 5-2 and 2-1, in October
  • North Carolina has won the last two NCAA Field Hockey Championships and had a streak of 47-consecutive victories that was snapped with a 3-1 loss at Louisville on Oct. 2, its lone loss of the season
  • The Tar Heels narrowly escaped at Duke last week, winning 3-2 in double overtime, keeping alive a 12-match win streak
  • Reigning NFHCA National Player of the Year Erin Matson leads the team with 18 goals and 8 assists for 44 points
  • UVA assistant coach Rachel Dawson is a Tar Heel alumna, having won the Honda Sports Award for Field Hockey in her senior season at UNC
  • UNC leads the all-time series 57-17 and has won the last seven meetings
  • Virginia’s last victory over the Tar Heels was a 3-2 victory in 2016 in the ACC Tournament final when UVA won its first-ever ACC Championship