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Laura Janssen

Graduate Student
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Kandinsky College
High School
Laura Janssen - Field Hockey - Virginia Cavaliers

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Two-Time NFHCA All-South Region Second Team
2020 All-ACC Second Team

2023 – NCAA Semifinals

  • CSC Academic All-District
  • Finished her career ranked second in program history in number of games played (103)
  • Finished her career with 39 goals (12 game-winners) with 10 assists for 88 points
  • Finished the season with six goals and a career-best five assists for 17 points
  • Scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game-winning goal in the season-opening victory against No. 5 Penn State (8/25)
  • Named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts in the Penn State game. It is her first career ACC POW award (8/29)
  • Assisted on three goals at William & Mary, her first career multi-assist game and contributed the most assists in a game by a Cavalier since 2017 (9/8)
  • Scored the game-winner in the 1-0 victory against No. 14 Harvard (9/10)
  • Scored Virginia’s second goal in the 2OT win against Syracuse (09/22)
  • Scored a goal and had an assist in the 5-0 victory at Wake Forest (10/13)
  • Scored her fifth goal of the season at James Madison (10/24)
  • Scored a goal in the ACC quarterfinal win against Syracuse (10/31)
  • NFHCA NCAA Division I Preseason Watchlist
  • Co-Captain
  • All-ACC Academic Team


  • NFHCA All-South Region Second Team, her second time earning All-Region recognition
  • Ranked sixth in the ACC in goals per game and 8th in points per game
  • Scored a career-best 12 goals with two assists for 26 points
  • Started all 21 games
  • Scored a goal in the season-opener at Penn State (8/26)
  • Scored a pair of goals at Delaware, the third multi-goal game of her career (8/28)
  • Scored the game-winning overtime goal against JMU (9/4), giving her four goals in the first four games of the season
  • Scored her fifth goal in five games at Northwestern (9/11)
  • Scored her sixth goal (in seven games) to fuel UVA’s comeback win against Saint Joseph’s (9/18)
  • Scored her team-leading 11th goal in the final two minutes of the ACC final against UNC (11/4)
  • Scored the game-tying goal in the NCAA Tournament game against Iowa (11/11)
  • VaSID First Team All-State
  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll


  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • Tied for second on the team in goals scored (5) and points (12)
  • Appeared in 20 games with 15 starts
  • Scored the game-winning goal at Wake Forest, her first goal of the season (9/24)
  • Scored her second goal of the season at Old Dominion (10/17)
  • Scored the game-winner against Boston College in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship (11/4)
  • Converted both the first and final shootout attempts against Louisville in the ACC Championship semifinal, winning the game for the Cavaliers (11/5)
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll


  • NHFCA All-South Region Second Team
  • All-ACC Second Team
  • ACC All-Tournament Team
  • All-ACC Field Hockey Academic Team
  • Appeared in all 18 games with 16 starts, scoring a team-best nine goals for 18 points
  • Ranked fourth in the ACC in goals per game (0.50) and seventh in points per game (1.00)
  • Scored both goals in the team’s 2-1 victory over Wake Forest in the ACC Quarterfinals (11/5)
  • Also netted game-winners against Wake Forest (9/27) and Syracuse (10/02)
  • Finished the fall ranked second in the ACC in goals scored with seven
  • Scored her seven goals in the fall on 15 shots for a team-best .467 shooting percentage
  • Scored the game-tying goal to force overtime against North Carolina (4/9)
  • VaSID First Team All-State
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll

2019 – NCAA Semifinals

  • Finished the season with seven goals and an assist for 15 points
  • Scored the game-winning goals against Ohio State ((/8), Longwood (9/29), Liberty (10/28) and Wake Forest (11/1)
  • Scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over Ohio State (9/8)
  • Appeared in all 23 games with seven starts
  • Had the highest shooting percentage on the team, scoring seven goals on 18 shots (.389)
  • Named the Synapse Sports National Rookie of the Week (Nov. 5) after helping Virginia to a pair of ranked wins on the week, getting the game-winning goal in both contests. She notched the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Liberty and then opened the scoring in a 3-1 win over Wake Forest
  • 2019 ZAG Field Hockey / NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll

High School/Club Hockey

  • Has played for Hockyclub Den Bosch since 2014, twice finishing second at the Dutch National Championships before winning the title in June of 2019
  • Helped lead her hockey club to the title at the 2017-18 Dutch Indoor Championships
  • Has played defender, midfield and attack throughout her career


  • Daughter of Marie-Louise van Esch and Eric Janssen
  • Has three older sister, Elisa, Lotte and Marleen
  • 2022-23 Michelle Cusimano Vachris Bicentennial Scholarship recipient
  • Earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2023
  • Enrolled in the educational psychology master’s program