The No. 10 Virginia field hockey team (10-2) downed Richmond 7-1 Wednesday at the University Hall Turf Field. The team’s seven goals tied the most in a game this season. First-year Paige Selenski led the offensive effort with two goals and three assists against the Spiders. Floor Vogels, Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn, Lauren Elstein, Traci Ragukas and Kaitlyn Hiltz also scored for the Cavaliers.
The Virginia defense limited the Spiders to just three shots for the game. First-year Floor Vogels returned to the lineup after sitting out the BU game because of injury. The lone shot on goal was Richmond’s goal off a penalty corner early in the second half.
“We didn’t run off the ball to start and didn’t make room on the counter attack,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “When Richmond called the timeout after the first goal, we fixed things. Once we did that everything opened up.”
The Cavaliers recorded 25 shots in the winning effort and outcornered the Spiders 12-3. Of Virginia’s 25 shots, 16 of them were on target.
After a slow start, UVa got on the board with 17:35 remaining in the first period when Vogels converted a penalty corner. Elstein and Pein Hulsebosch recoreded assists on the play. Kaars Sijpesteijn made it 2-0 later in the half after converting a penalty stroke. The Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead into the locker room after Selenski’s first goal, a defelection off a Vogels shot from the top of the circle.
Richmond cut the lead to two early in the second half when the Spiders scored on a penalty corner. Sarah Blythe-Wood tallied the goal off assists from Hannah Hess and Megan Thompson.
Virginia scored back-to-back goals in less than a minute to then go up 5-1. Ragukas tallied her seventh score of the year after receiving a pass from Selenski, who was on the endline. Hiltz then scored about 30 seconds later with Selenski assisting on her third goal of the game. The goal was Hiltz’s third of the season.
Selenski rounded out the scoring effort at 50:06 on a breakaway down the middle of the field.
Virginia resumes ACC play at 11 a.m. Saturday against No. 1 Maryland at the U-Hall Turf Field.