The Virginia field hockey team suffered its second loss of the season, falling at Syracuse, 4-1.
With the loss, Virginia fell to 12-2 and 1-2 in the ACC while Syracuse improved to 9-1 and 1-1 in conference play.
Syracuse had three penalty stroke opportunities in the game with Leonie Geyer converting all of them to account for three of the Orange’s four goals.
“Games like today are gut-checks,” said head coach Michele Madison. “When things aren’t going your way, you have to find a way to make it go your way. The defense played pretty well today. It is very unusual to have three strokes in one game, so we are going to need to look at the film and see how that situation occurred.”
Ssenior Hadley Bell scored the lone goal for the Cavaliers, picking up a rebound off the Syracuse goalie’s pads after the initial shot by freshman Lucy Hyams and knocking it into the net with 9:38 remaining. It was Bell’s third goal of the season.
Despite a playing in a steady rain in the first half, Syracuse had a strong start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of the game off two penalty strokes.
The Orange finished the half with 11 shots to Virginia’s four. In the second half, the Cavaliers outshot the Orange, 6-5, and had five penalty corner opportunities to Syracuse’s two, with UVa scoring their goal after one of the short corners.
Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnston logged six saves, four in the first period and two after the break. Senior Elly Buckley had her ACC-leading fifth defensive save of the season.
The Cavaliers stay on the road to face a 9-1 Albany team on Sunday at 2 p.m.