The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team defeated James Madison, 6-1, Wednesday night to improve to 9-1 on the season.
“I challenged the team to come out and play like a team because of the struggle we had against Richmond in that midweek game,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “They convinced me they were ready and they definitely put it out there and worked together. I think we got back to our build-up and getting numbers around the ball. When they play together and let the system work, you end up with the ball in front of the goal.”
Senior Elly Buckley scored a pair of goals off penalty corners, including the first score of the game 10:22 into the first period. Buckley also assisted on a second-half goal that gave UVa a 5-0 lead, sending a pass through the circle to senior Hadley Bell who tapped in the ball for the score.
Freshman Riley Tata also scored twice in the first half. Tata caught the goalie leaning out of the cage when the ball was loose in front, wrapping the ball around the goal post for the score. Tata also knocked in an on-target pass from fellow freshman Lucy Hyams with just under three minutes remaining in the first half.
The Cavaliers added a sixth goal to the tally when senior Chloe Pendlebury fired off a pass from outside the circle that deflected off a JMU player for an own goal. The Dukes scored their lone goal of the contest three minutes later on a third-chance shot after a penalty corner.
Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone logged three saves, improving to 9-1 on the season.