WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The No. 8 Virginia field hockey team (2-1) opened the weekend with a 5-0 victory at William & Mary (0-2) on Friday (Sept. 3) at Busch Field in Williamsburg, Va.

Virginia held a 1-0 lead at halftime but exploded for four goals in the second half. Annie McDonough and Peyton Tollaksen each scored twice in UVA’s first road game of the season.


The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period when junior midfielder Adele Iacobucci deflected in an Amber Ezechiels’ shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner. UVA held that same 1-0 advantage at the halftime break.

After taking just four shots in the first half, the Cavaliers found their offensive spark early in the second half. Senior striker Peyton Tollaksen found a loose ball in front of the net after an initial shot, sending it into the cage to score with 8:14 remaining in the third quarter. A minute later, junior striker Laura Janssen and senior midfielder Annie McDonough found themselves with a 2 v 1 with the goalie, with Janssen sliding a pass over to McDonough who scored the goal. With three second remaining in the third, McDonough scored again, this time with an assist from sophomore striker Esha Shah. Tollaksen added her second goal of the game with 6:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, with McDonough providing the assist.


  • Virginia held a 19-2 advantage in shots, with 15 of those coming in the second half
  • Virginia had six penalty corners, William & Mary one
  • Freshman striker Taryn Tkachuk made her collegiate debut, coming in to take a penalty stroke in the fourth quarter
  • Lauren Hausheer played the first three quarters in goal, making one save. She picked up the win and split the shutout with Tyler Kennedy who played the fourth quarter in goal. Kennedy did not face a shot


“This game was the tale of two different halves. We are able to move the ball well, draw some corners and capitalize on the set situations. Today was a total team effort against a well-coached William & Mary team.”


  • Virginia returns home to host Towson (0-2,) on Sunday, Sept. 5 at noon at Turf Field, their second-straight match against a member of the Colonial Athletic Association
  • The game will be televised on the ACC Network