Cavaliers Resume ACC Play Against No. 1 Maryland

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 10 Virginia field hockey team (10-2, 1-0 ACC) resumes Atlantic Coast Conference play at 11 a.m. Saturday against No. 1 Maryland (9-1, 2-0 ACC).

“After each of our last three games we have made the preparations to get better,” Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. “This game will have to be a total team effort.”

Virginia is coming off a 7-1 win over Richmond at home Wednesday and is an unblemished 9-0 at home this season. The Cavaliers also hold a 1-0 mark in conference play after opening up with a 2-1 extra time win over Boston College last weekend.

UVa has outscored its opponents 42-13 and defensively has allowed a 1.08 goals against average from opponents. Individually, rookie Paige Selenski continues to pace the offense with 11 goals and six assists on the year. Teammates Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn and Traci Ragukas have each added seven scores while Lauren Elstein’s seven helpers lead the team.

Defensively, fifth-year goalkeeper Amy Desjadon has emerged recently and boasts a 0.62 goals against average and an .824 save percentage. Desjadon has 28 saves in seven starts on the season. Defender Lucy Meyers also leads the conference with four defensive saves.

Top-ranked Maryland enters the contest on a five-game win streak. The only loss of the season for the Terps was a 2-1 setback at home against then-No. 7 Syracuse, who has climbed to No. 2 in the polls this week. Maryland is 2-0 in conference play after a 5-0 win at home against then-No. 12 Boston College and a 4-2 win on the road last weekend against then-No. 1 Wake Forest.

Maryland sophomore Katie O’Donnell, the 2007 ACC Player of the Year, was tabbed both the ACC Player of the Week and the womensfieldhockey.com National Player of the Week after helping Maryland to wins over Richmond (7-0) and the Demon Deacons last weekend. O’Donnell is second in the conference with 11 assists and third with 12 goals on the year.

In the cage, Maryland’s Alicia Grater has tallied 30 saves on the year and leads the conference with three shutouts this season. She also boasts a 0.77 goals against average.