Virginia Field Hockey Takes Down Old Dominion

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

The No. 8 Virginia field hockey team upset No. 3 Old Dominion, 5-4, on Sunday. Paige Selenski scored two goals, and Elly Buckley added two for the Cavaliers.

Old Dominion struck first, on a Rosario Villagra goal from the top of the circle in the first two minutes of play. Selenski scored the equalizer at the 6:42 mark, taking a pass from Carissa Vittese shortly after a penalty corner.

Two minutes later, both teams cleared the field after lightning was detected within a ten mile radius of the field. A heavy thunderstorm tore through the area, halting play for one hour, 45 minutes.

When play resumed, it was Virginia's turn to strike fast with Selenski dribbling around the circle and taking a hard shot that sailed past the goalie for a 2-1 Virginia advantage three minutes after the game restart.

Vittese added a goal of her own ten minutes later, going one-on-one with the goal and ending the showdown with the ball in the net. Two minutes later, Old Dominion scored their second goal, knocking in a rebound off the pads of goalie Jenny Johnstone to make it a 3-2 game.

With just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, Elly Buckley scored the first of her two goals off penalty corners. She scored her second almost 20 minutes into the second half, giving the Cavaliers a 5-2 advantage.

Old Dominion took advantage of a penalty corner of their own, netting a goal at the 59:12 mark. A minute later, the Monarchs' Kati Nearhouse broke free and got off a shot from the left side that went into the net, suddenly making it a one-goal, 5-4 contest.

The Cavaliers put Rebecca Holden in goal after the two quick Old Dominion scores, but the rookie goalkeeper wouldn't face a single shot as the Cavalier defense clamped down in the final nine minutes of the game, holding on for the 5-4 victory.

Virginia improves to 4-1 on the year. The Cavaliers are back on the road next week, heading to East Lansing to take on Michigan State.

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