UVa Field Hockey Awaits Showdown with Top-Ranked UNC

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Most of the players on the Virginia field hockey team were elementary school students the last time the Cavaliers knocked off a No. 1-ranked team.

That can change Friday when the No. 4 Wahoos welcome top-ranked North Carolina to Charlottesville for a matchup of two of the six lone unbeatens in the country.

"I think it will absolutely be a great game for us tomorrow, not only because it's the number one seed but it will show us where we stand against a team like that," senior defender Lane Smith said. "We're ranked fourth right now. We know that we're the underdog."

"It's definitely a measuring stick, I think both teams will use it that way," head coach Michele Madison added. "We can't win the National Championship tomorrow and neither can UNC so it's a matter of what can we do at this point in the season and what do we still need to work on will be very clear."

Virginia is 7-0 for the third time in the last four seasons. The 2010 squad won its first nine games, while the 2011 team started 11-0.

Virginia went 3-0 last week, downing Richmond, 2-1, in a sudden-death shootout, followed by back-to-back shutouts of Maine (2-0) and Vermont (7-0).

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