Virginia Welcomes Richmond for Midweek Contest

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. The No. 10 Virginia field hockey team (9-2, 1-0 ACC) returns home this week to play host to in-state rival Richmond at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University Hall Turf Field. Admission is free to all field hockey games.

The Cavaliers, who are ranked ninth in the womensfieldhockey.com poll, are coming off two overtime games in Boston over the weekend. The team picked up its first conference win of the season last Friday with a 2-1 win over then-12th ranked Boston College 2-1 in the second session of extra time. On Sunday, UVa played through both overtime sessions before falling to Boston University in penalty strokes.

Virginia has had 10 different players tally goals this season as the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 35-12. First-year Paige Selenski paces the UVa offense with nine scores while Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn and Traci Ragukas have each recorded six scores. Third-year Lauren Elstein leads UVa with a team-best six assists. In the cage, fifth-year Amy Desjadon has 28 saves and a 0.64 goals-against average.

Richmond is 3-6 entering the midweek game against Virginia. The Spiders upset then-No. 14 American 2-1 last Friday before falling to then-No. 3 Maryland 7-0 Sunday on the road. Katelin Peterson leads Richmond with five goals on the season while teammate Alex Malatesta has four goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Becca Weaver has recorded 61 saves on the year and has a 3.76 GAA.

Virginia is 3-1 against opponents from the Commonwealth this season with the Spiders and Longwood still to come on the schedule. The Cavaliers defeated William & Mary (5-0) and Old Dominion (2-0) before suffering its first loss of the year to James Madison (1-0) in extra time.

In the all-time series, Virginia is 27-4-1 against Richmond. Last season, the Cavaliers pulled out a 4-3 win in the second game of the year. The last Spider win was a 1-0 victory in Charlottesville back in 2005.