Nov. 13, 2016
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team (16-8) had its season come to a close with a 3-2 loss to No. 14 Princeton (12-7) in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Field Hockey Championship) on Sunday (Nov. 13) at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex in University Park, Pa.
Princeton's Sophia Tornetta scored the game-winning goal in the final second of the contest. The game was tied 2-2 in the final seconds of the match and seemed destined for overtime. Princeton's Sophia Tornetta fired off a shot as time was expiring, but the horn on the scoreboard was inaudible, making it difficult to tell if the shot was taken in time. After the two field referees and the sideline official conferred, it was decided to allow the goal, which sent Princeton on to the NCAA Semifinals next weekend in Norfolk, Va. Video referral was not available during the NCAA Championship.
"I am proud of this team for having such a great season," said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. "This was a terrible way to lose. The fourth years put their heart and soul out there on the turf. The one solace is that they did finish their careers as ACC Champions."
Princeton scored its three goals on its only three shots of the game, the first two coming off corners.
Virginia took 13 shots, with freshman Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) and junior Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scoring the Cavaliers' goals, the second of the NCAA Tournament for both players. Sophomores Nikki Freeman (Downington, Pa.) and Laura Schnatmeier (Bad Schwartau, Germany) had assists. Vittese ends her season with a team-high 41 points on 15 goals and 11 assists.
Princeton's Grace Baylis made six saves for the Tigers.
This was Virginia's 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the ninth in head coach Michele Madison's 11 seasons at UVA.
UConn, Delaware and North Carolina will join Princeton in the NCAA Semifinals.
'Hoos Looking to Make More HistoryMen's Tennis5/22/17A win over No. 9 seed North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon would give second-seeded Virginia its third straight NCAA men's tennis title.McKee Thriving in New SurroundingsTrack & Field, Cross Country5/22/17A transfer from Kansas, Kelly McKee will compete in the triple jump this week at the NCAA East Regional meet in Lexington, Kentucky.Cavalier Men's Basketball NotebookMen's Basketball5/16/17The Cavaliers are heading into their ninth season under head coach Tony Bennett, who has led them to four straight NCAA tournaments.
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.
Virginia Field Hockey Signs Six Recruits
Field Hockey | 5/2/2017
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 | 4/28/2017
Senior forward Caleigh Foust has been named to the 16-player roster of USA Field Hockey's Women's...
Carissa Vittese Named to the U.S. Women’s National Team
Field Hockey | 4/27/2017
Former Cavalier Carissa Vittese has been named to the US Women's National Team roster.
Ten Cavaliers Named to NFHCA National Academic Squad
Field Hockey | 3/15/2017
Ten members of the Virginia field hockey team to the 2016 ZAG Field Hockey / NFHCA National...
Virginia Field Hockey Announces Spring Schedule
Field Hockey | 3/7/2017
The Virginia field hockey team will play five spring scrimmages, including home contests on March...
Three Cavaliers Named to All-ACC Academic Team
Field Hockey | 2/8/2017
Caleigh Foust was voted to the team for the fourth time while Carrera Lucas and Dominique van...
Tara Vittese Repeats as National Player of the Year
Field Hockey | 12/14/2016
Junior midfielder Tara Vittese was named the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the...
Cavaliers Earn All-State Honors from VaSID
Field Hockey | 12/14/2016
Tara Vittese was named the State Player of the Year while Dominique van Slooten was named the top...
- Online Stores