CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team (10-5, 3-3 ACC) closed out regular-season conference play with a 3-1 loss at No. 1 North Carolina (13-0, 5-0 ACC) on Friday (Oct. 21) at Karen Shelton Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Senior striker Laura Janssen scored the Cavaliers’ goal, her team-leading ninth of the year.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tar Heels jumped ahead early, scoring on a penalty corner five minutes into the game. Erin Matson converted a penalty stroke six minutes later to put the Tar Heels ahead 2-0.
The Cavaliers cut the deficit in half 1:43 into the second quarter when Janssen deflected a shot from senior Cato Geusgens off a penalty corner into the net. Matson scored a goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half, dribbling around defenders and finding the net to give the Tar Heels a 3-1 lead at the break.
Virginia took four shots to the Tar Heels one in the third quarter but could not break through. Freshman goalkeeper Jet Trimborn kept the Cavaliers in the game, making four saves in the fourth quarter, but neither team managed to score in the second half.
- This was the 1,000th game in the history of Virginia field hockey
- North Carolina held a 13-11 edge in shots
- North Carolina is the only remaining undefeated team in NCAA I field hockey
- Jet Trimborn had four saves. Abigail Taylor made four stops for UNC
- This was the first time since March 5, 2021 that the Cavaliers lost a game by more than a one-goal margin. Each of their 16 losses in that span had been by a single goal
FROM HEAD COACH MICHELE MADISON
“The game was action packed. It was everything you’d expect in a top ten match up. In games like today, vulnerabilities are exposed, which is exactly what we need at this point in the season. There were some outstanding individual performances today, but we need outstanding team performances to become the best we can be. I look forward to Sunday and a chance to touch our greatness again.”
ON THE HORIZON
- UVA closes out the home slate on Sunday (Oct. 23) by hosting Kent State at 12 p.m.
- The Kent State game is Senior Day with seven players being honored in an on-field ceremony after the game