Sept. 13, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (5-0) travels to Burlington, Vt., to play a pair of contests in the Sheraton Catamount Classic. UVa will open the tournament against Maine (2-3) on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m., before finishing off against host Vermont (0-4) on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 12 p.m.
Live stats will not be available for the games at the Sheraton Catamount Classic, however score updates will be available through Twitter (@uvafieldhockey). A free live streaming video feed of the games will also be available though Vermont's website (with a link posted on VirginiaSports.com).
Virginia improved to 5-0 Wednesday night after earning a 2-1 victory over Richmond in a shootout. The game was tied, 1-1, after regulation and through two overtime periods, forcing the shootout. The shootout was tied, 1-1, after each team's set five shooters had made their attempts, forcing a sudden-death shootout. Senior Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scored the game-decider for the Cavaliers.
Virginia moved up to No. 5 in the first Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll of the season after being ranked No. 7 in the preseason poll. Virginia also received one first-place vote.
Virginia's 5-0 start is the third time in the last four seasons the Cavaliers have logged victories in the first five games of the season. The 2010 squad won its first nine games, while the 2011 team started 11-0.
The Cavaliers as a team are ranked in the top-10 in scoring margin (9th, +2.5), goals per game (7th, 4.5), points per game (7th, 12.5), assists per game (6th, 3.5) and defensive saves (4th, 3).
Senior Elly Buckley (Scarborough, Perth, Australia) came into the week averaging 4.0 points per game, which ranks her second in the nation. She also is tied for second in goals per game with, among others, freshman Caleigh Foust (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) at 1.75 per contest. Foust logged back-to-back hat tricks in last weekend's victories at Yale and then-No. 8 Old Dominion. Buckley and Foust have scored seven goals apiece. Buckley leads the team with 16 points with Foust right behind at 12.
In addition to her offensive output, Buckley has also logged a pair of defensive saves, including stopping a shot at Old Dominion on Sunday. Buckley now has seven defensive saves in her career, tying her for sixth place in the Virginia record book.
Buckley and Foust have each earned ACC Player of the Week honors this season with Buckley earning the first week's honor and Foust earning this week's accolade.
Vittese ranks sixth in the nation with 1.0 assists per game. Vittese set up three goals last week, earning two assists at Yale and one at Old Dominion.
The Cavaliers return home on Friday, Sept. 20 when they host No. 1 North Carolina at 6 p.m. at Turf Field. Admission is free for all 2013 Virginia field hockey regular-season home games.