CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The 13th-ranked Virginia field hockey team (11-5) blanked Longwood (6-8) 5-0 Thursday at the U-Hall Turf Field. Second-year Traci Ragukas and first-year Paige Selenski scored a pair of goals while Michelle Vittese also notched a score in the winning effort. With 11 wins, the Cavaliers matched their win total from the 2007 campaign.
The Cavaliers scored three goals in the first half and scored twice in the second. Virginia outshot the Lancers 23-6 for the game and notched seven penalty corners compared to two for Longwood.
First-year Adrienne Ostroff also made her first career appearance in the cage for the Orange and Blue, after missing most of the season rehabbing an injury. Ostroff finished with three saves in the second team. Teammate Amy Desjadon, who started the game, recorded one save.
Virginia got on the board first, scoring in the eighth minute. Ragukas controlled the ball near the 50-yard line and it up to Vittese. The first-year then fed the ball to Selenski, who broke free and shot in past Longwood keeper Erin West.
Selenski recorded her team-best 15th goal of the season and her second of the game in the 20th minute. After a Liz Hiltz shot was saved by the keeper, Hiltz gathered the ball back and passed it over to Selenski, who was in front of the cage.
Vittese then recorded her fifth goal of the season to round out the scoring effort in the first half. Ragukas assisted on the play.
Ragukas, who ranks second on the team in scoring with 10 goals, tallied both goals in the second stanza for the Cavaliers. On a penalty corner opportunity, Vittese took control and crossed the ball to Ragukas, who tapped it in.
Ragukas notched her second score in the 50th minute off an assist from Selenski.
West finished with seven saves for Longwood while Erin Bollinger recorded three saves in the final 10 minutes of the game. Rachel Akers also tallied two defensive saves.
Virginia returns to conference play with a 1 p.m. game Saturday at North Carolina.
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