WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia field hockey team (4-1, 0-0 ACC) picked up a 6-1 victory against William & Mary (1-2) on Friday (Sept. 8) at Busch Field in Williamsburg, Va.

The Cavaliers had six different players score in the game. Freshman Emma Watchilla scored her first career goal in the fourth quarter.


Freshman Mia Abello got the scoring started, converting a penalty corner six minutes into the game. Freshman Minnie Pollock finished off a pass from grad student Laura Janssen to put the Cavaliers up 2-0 3:22 into the second period. Junior Noa Boterman added a goal off a corner two minutes later to make it 3-0.

William & Mary scored with 1:14 remaining in the first half, but junior Taryn Tkachuk answered 20 seconds later, scoring with 54 seconds remaining in the half to send UVA into the break with a 4-1 lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, sophomore Daniela Mendez-Trendler scored on a feed from Janssen to make it 5-1. Watchilla scored with 2:50 left in the game on another Janssen pass to make it 6-1.


  • Virginia scored its six goals on 12 shots
  • William & Mary took five of its seven shots in the first half
  • This was Virginia’s second-straight game scoring six goals
  • Virginia’s freshmen scored three of the six goals
  • Laura Janssen had three assists. It was the first multi-assist game of her career
  • Minnie Pollock made her first career start
  • Goalkeeper Tyler Kennedy made four saves


“The team showed up today in a big way. They carried out the game plan as designed. I can’t say enough about the offensive output by the first years. They’re holding their own on a very talented team and are able to give us quality minutes when they get it in.”


  • Virginia returns home to host No. 14 Harvard on Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon


Highlights vs William & Mary