NEWARK, Del. – The No. 12 Virginia field hockey team (1-1, 0-0 ACC) picked up a 4-1 victory against No. 17 Delaware (1-1, 0-0 CAA) on Sunday (Aug. 28) at Fred P. Rullo Stadium in Newark, Delaware.


After a scoreless first period, the Blue Hens got on the scoreboard first with a goal five minutes into the second quarter. Freshman Daniela Mendez-Trendler evened the score with a second-chance goal with 6:29 remaining in the half. Mendez-Trendler collected a rebound off the goalie’s pads and tapped it into the cage for her first collegiate goal.

The Cavaliers came out on fire in the second half. Sophomore Taryn Tkachuk knocked in a pass from junior Meghen Hengerer on the far post to spot UVA to a 2-1 lead 1:29 into the half. A minute later, senior Laura Janssen scored off a penalty corner to make it a 3-1 advantage. Janssen added a second penalty corner goal 1:04 into the fourth quarter to give Virginia a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Jans Croon assisted on both of Janssen’s goals.

Sophomore Tyler Kennedy logged four saves.


  • Delaware had an 8-4 edge in penalty corners
  • Both teams took 14 shots. Virginia had nine on-goal
  • Laura Janssen also scored at Penn State, giving her three goals in the first two games of the season
  • This was Janssen’s first multi-goal game since scoring two against Wake Forest on Nov. 5, 2020. It is the third multi-goal game of her career
  • Jans Croon had a goal against Penn State to go with her two assists in this game to give her four points on the year
  • Daniela Mendez-Trendler is the second Cavalier to score their first collegiate goal on this road trip, following Croons’ goal against Penn State
  • Taryn Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal
  • Virginia had 22 players see time in the game


“It’s great to get our first win here on the road taking on a competitive Delaware team. Once we established our passing game, it led to scoring situations. We had nice action in front of the goal. It was a solid defense by the back line again with Jans Croon, Madeline Orsi, Emily Field and Lindsay Dickinson to handle a huge counterattack offense by Delaware. It’s always good for the team when everyone can get minutes.”


  • Virginia returns home for a pair of matches next weekend, beginning with its home opener on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. against Temple