Sept. 11, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The No. 9 Virginia field hockey team handed William & Mary its first loss of the season, shutting out the Tribe 2-0. Rachel Sumfest (So., Lewisburg, Pa.) started the game with a goal one minute into the contest. Sumfest was positioned at the front of the goal, knocking in a cross from Phoebe Willis (Sr., Fredericksburg, Va.) to give the Cavaliers the 1-0 advantage.
After the quick Cavalier score, William & Mary went on the attack, rattling off 14 shots in the first half, but freshman goalkeeper Rebecca Holden (Fishing Creek, N.J.) held strong, logging eight saves in the period.
In the second half, the game was more balanced with both teams pushing the ball up and down the field. Virginia got off five shots with Sumfest capitalizing on the fifth, scoring her second goal of the game on a feed from Michelle Vittese (R-Sr., Cherry Hill, N.J.) with 2:30 remaining in the game.
"With an interstate rivalry like this, both teams showed up to play," said head coach Michele Madison. "The game was end-to-end, so it was exciting for the fans. They were really into it. In the second half, we stayed more composed and were able to hit the open areas up field."
Sumfest scored two goals on three shots. She now has seven goals this season with three assists for 17 points. Willis had her first assist of the season. Vittese logged her fourth assist.
Holden played 44 minutes in goal, with eight saves. Jenny Johnstone (So., Paisley, Scotland) played the final 25 minutes of the game, not facing a shot on goal.
"Becca gets better every game," Madison said of her freshman keeper. "This was her kind of game. It's a little bouncy and a little erratic. She secured us in the back. We just wanted Jenny to play too. It was an exciting game and both of them have to grow and keep getting better and say sharp. This was an opportunity to do that."
In addition to the strong play in the net, the Cavalier defense also held strong to help secure the shut out.
The Cavaliers will be back home on Saturday, Sept. 15 when they host Miami (Ohio) at 11 a.m. on National Field Hockey Day. Admission is free for all regular-season home games played at Turf Field.
New Coaches Welcomed Into Cavaliers' FoldWomen's Rowing8/18/17Virginia's rowing team heads into 2017-18 with two new coaches: associate head coach Emily Ford and assistant Erin Neppel.Nelson Making Name for Himself in SecondaryFootball8/16/17Redshirt freshman Brenton Nelson, who was put on scholarship this month, is competing for a starting job in Virginia's nickel defense.DeSorbo Hits Ground Running at UVASwimming & Diving8/16/17After six seasons as NC State's associate head coach, Todd DeSorbo now oversees men's and women's swimming & diving at Virginia.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Tara Vittese Named to the Preseason All-ACC Team
Field Hockey | 8/22/2017
Senior midfielder Tara Vittese was named to the Preseason All-ACC team for the fourth time in her...
Virginia Scrimmages American on Tuesday
Field Hockey | 8/14/2017
The Virginia field hockey team will take on American in an open scrimmage on Tuesday, August 15...
Rachel Dawson Named Assistant Field Hockey Coach
Field Hockey | 7/18/2017
Three-time Olympian Rachel Dawson has joined the Virginia field hockey team as an assistant coach.
Field Hockey Announces 2017 Schedule
Field Hockey | 6/26/2017
The Cavaliers will play 12 regular-season home games at University Hall Turf Field during the...
Carrera Lucas Named to USNT Development Squad
Field Hockey | 6/21/2017
Goalie Carrera Lucas has been named to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad, as...
Four Cavaliers Competing at USA Field Hockey's YWNC
Field Hockey | 6/17/2017
Greta Ell, Erin Shanahan, Colleen Norair and Carrera Lucas competed at the the Young Women's...
Virginia Field Hockey Signs Six Recruits
Field Hockey | 05/02/2017
Head coach Michele Madison announced six players who will join the Cavaliers as freshmen in the...
Caleigh Foust Named to USNT Development Squad
Field Hockey | 04/28/2017
Senior forward Caleigh Foust has been named to the 16-player roster of USA Field Hockey's Women's...
- Online Stores