Nov. 6, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia field hockey team earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will host first and second round games Nov. 10-11 at Turf Field in Charlottesville.
Virginia earned an at-large bid into the field of 16 teams and will serve as one of four host sites for the first two rounds of the tournament. Princeton (17-1), the No. 2 seed in the field, will take on Drexel (15-6) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The Cavaliers (15-5) will host Iowa (14-6) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The winners will advance to the second round game on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
"We are very excited to be able to play at home," said head coach Michele Madison. "I've been in this game long enough not to expect anything. The committee has to do their best job with the pairings under the parameters of regionality, travel constraints, and other factors. I think they did a very good job of balancing it out. We are excited to be here in Charlottesville and look forward to taking on a very talented Iowa team."
All seats at Turf Field for the games will be general admission with adult tickets priced at $5 and Student/Youth tickets priced at $3. Advance tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and will also be available for purchase the day of the game at Turf Field.
There will also be a $5 parking fee for those parking in the Cage Lot. Free parking will be available in the UHall, John Paul Jones Arena, and McCue lots.
This is the 18th trip to NCAA Tournament for the Cavaliers and their sixth in head coach Michele Madison's seven seasons at Virginia.
North Carolina, Penn State, and Connecticut will serve as the other three host sites for the first and second round games. The winner of each site will advance to the NCAA semifinals on Nov. 16 at Powhatan Sports Complex at Old Dominion University. The National Championship game will take place on Nov. 18 at Old Dominion.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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