Oct. 17, 2006
The Virginia field hockey team shutout in-state opponent Longwood 3-0 tonight in rainy Charlottesville as the Cavalier defense held Longwood to one shot and one short corner in each half. First-year center forward Traci Ragukas scored one of the goals and assisted on the other two as the Hoos notched all of their goals in the first 35 minutes of play. No. 10 Virginia (11-4) did not allow any shots to reach either starting keeper Amy Desjadon or Katherine Blair, who came on in the second half.
The two teams traded short corners early in the first half, but the first goal came from the field of play as Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn took a ball out of the Virginia D and laid it up for Fenna Breitbarth, who in turn hit a big ball up the right to Liz Hiltz, who collected it in the upper right corner. She attacked the circle and sent a crossing pass to Ragukas, who dove and sent the ball into the corner of the cage for a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
Four minutes later Ragukas drew a short corner in the upper left portion of the pitch. On the play she trapped the injection from Biffy Cornelison, and Kaars Sijpesteijn rocketed the direct shot to the cage for a 2-0 lead in the tenth minute of play.
Virginia tacked on a third goal in the waning moments of the first half as Kaars Sijpesteijn laid a ball up to Ragukas in the upper left corner, and Ragukas centered the ball to Confer, who ran into the circle and one-timed the shot to the boards for a 3-0 lead at the break.
The Cavaliers drew eight short corners to the Lancers' one in the second period but they were unable to extend their lead. The Hoos also outshot the Lancers 8-1 in the period.
"We played well in the first half," said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. "But to beat a team like Stanford, we will have to find consistency and play for 70 minutes."
Ragukas' four points against Longwood give her 31 in her rookie season, tying her with All-American Lorraine Vizzuso, who had 31 in 1997. Ragukas now ranks sixth in Virginia history with 13 goals as a first-year and is tied for third with five assists.
Virginia returns to action with two games on Family Weekend. The Hoos host Stanford on Friday, Oct 20 at 6:00 and then ACC rival Wake Forest at noon on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Linescore 1 2 F records
Longwood 0 0 0 (4-10)
Virginia 3 0 3 (11-4)
6:35 UVA, Ragukas, fg (Hiltz)
10:19 UVA, Kaars Sijpesteijn, pc (Cornelison, Ragukas)
33:50 UVA, Confer, fg (Ragukas)
Keepers: VA: Amy Desjadon (35 mins, 0 sv, 0 GA); Katherine Blair (35 mins, 0 sv, 0 GA)
LU: Erin West (70 mins, 8 saves, 3 GA)
Shots: VA 16, LU 2
Short corners: VA 11, LU 2
Incidents: LU: Woodie, GC (44'); Turner, GC (61')