No. 13 Virginia Plays Host to Longwood Thursday

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The 13th-ranked Virginia field hockey team (10-5, 1-1 ACC) is looking to rebound from its three-game losing skid Thursday at home against Longwood. The Cavaliers and Lancers will push back at 6 p.m. and live stats will be available at VirginiaSports.com.

Virginia is coming off a weekend in University Park, Pa., where the team fell to Big Ten foes Iowa (3-2) and Penn State (1-0). The loss to the Nittany Lions marked just the second time this season the Cavaliers have been shut out.

The Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 47-21 and outshot them 300-114. Paige Selenski leads the Virginia offense with 13 goals on the year, while teammates Traci Ragukas and Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn have added eight and seven scores, respectively. Second-year Pien Hulsebosch paces the team with eight assists.

Longwood is 6-7 overall and 1-2 on the road this season. The Lancers are coming off a 2-0 win over VCU last weekend that snapped a three-game losing streak. Carla Binnewies leads Longwood with 10 goals while teammate Maluren Van de Kamp’s seven assists also lead the squad. Goalkeeper Erin West has 87 saves and a 2.21 goals-against average and Olga Knop and Kelsey Turner have combined for five defensive saves.

In the all-time series, Virginia leads Longwood, 14-2-1. Last season, the Cavaliers recorded a 3-1 win on the road with Haley Carpenter, Kaars Sijpesteijn and the now departed Abby Taylor scoring goals in the winning effort. UVa has claimed the last five meetings between the two teams dating back to 2003.

On Saturday, UVa continues conference play on the road with a 1 p.m. game against seventh-ranked and defending national champion North Carolina. The game will be shown on ACC Select.

The Tar Heels are 10-3 overall, including a 4-0 record at home. Last weekend, UNC was shut out by Boston College 2-0 on the road but rebounded to defeat Yale 3-1. The squad was without Elizabeth Drazdowski, Riley Foster and Jackie Kintzer, who were in Mexico City with the U.S. team that claimed the gold medal at the Junior Pan American Games.

Danielle Forword leads North Carolina with 16 goals on the year, a mark that also ranks second among all ACC players. Teammate Britt van Beck has scored nine times while Illse Davis has tallied six goals and a team-best six assists. Defensively, Kintzer (0.65 GAA, 14 saves) and Brianna O’Donnell (1.67 GAA, 12 saves) have split time in the cage this season.

UNC leads the all-time series with Virginia 40-15. The Tar Heels claimed both meetings last season with 3-0 victories in both the regular season at Virginia and in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. UVa’s last win was in 2006, a 2-1 victory in Chapel Hill.