The 13th-ranked Virginia field hockey team (12-7, 2-3 ACC) edged No. 4 Duke 4-3 in the regular season finale Saturday after first-year Floor Vogels scored the game-winner on a penalty corner with 13:07 to play in the game.
The win gives the Cavaliers a fourth-place finish in the final ACC standings and the team will play fifth-seeded Duke in the first round of the ACC Tournament which begins Thursday in Durham.
“We were definitely in a must-win situation,” Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. “It was great to put it together for the last game and you have to give credit to our seniors for leading the way. Traci Ragukas has been steady the last four games. We came out shooting and we got some great shots.”
“We needed that win really badly,” said Virginia senior Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn. “I always believed we were going to win; I had a feeling.”
The Cavaliers got out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the first 14 minutes of play. Ragukas put Virginia up 1-0 with her unassisted goal in the seventh minute. Kaars Sijpesteijn made it 2-0 with her score from the left side after a pass from Pien Hulsebosch. Haley Carpenter rounded out the first half scoring effort with a goal in the 14th minute. Vogels assisted on the play.
Duke was able to cut the lead to 3-1 in the 15th minute when Marian Dickinson converted a pass from Laura Suchoski. The Virginia defense limited the Blue Devils to six shots in the first half and no penalty corners.
Duke came out stroke in the second half, scoring 1:53 into the stanza to cut UVa’s lead to one. Suchoski scored after blasting the ball from the top of the circle past Virginia keeper Amy Desjadon.
Later, in the 52nd minute, Duke was able to tie the game. Susan Ferfer got her stick on a shot from Suchoski.
Virginia continued to attack and won a penalty corner that set up the game-winner. Kaitlyn Hiltz pushed the ball out to Kaars Sijpesteijn, who tapped it over to Vogels. The Cavaliers held off Duke on three corners of its own before time expired.
In the game, Duke outshot Virginia 16-14 and also outcornered the Cavaliers 9-4 despite having no penalty corners in the first half. Paige Selenski had eight shots for UVa, six of which were on target. Desjadon finished with six saves while Duke goalkeepers Samantha Nelson had seven.