No. 7 Cavs sweep Boston, earn program's 500th victory
The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team swept through Boston this weekend, defeating No. 22 Boston College Friday and No. 12 Boston University two days later. Sunday’s victory marked the program’s 500th win.
By prevailing in their ACC opener Friday, the Cavaliers (9-2, 1-0 ACC) matched their conference win total from the entire 2011 season. The Eagles (4-5, 0-2 ACC) were attempting to bounce back from a loss against Maryland, but the Cavalier offense thwarted the attempt with a 3-1 win.
Redshirt senior midfielder Michelle Vittese scored the first goal of the game on a shot set up by a penalty corner. The Cavaliers in the second half extended their lead to three as junior forward Hadley Bell came alive with her second and third goals of the season. Boston College’s freshman midfielder Romee Stiekema scored with less than eight minutes remaining in the game, but it was too late. The Eagles, depleted by late penalties, could not mount a serious comeback.
Virginia earned its third shutout victory of the season against Boston University (6-3), blanking the Terriers 2-0. The Cavaliers took advantage of their few first-half opportunities with goals from sophomore forward Rachel Sumfest and redshirt senior forward Paige Selenski. Virginia dominated possession in the second half, holding the Terriers to zero shots while protecting a two-goal lead.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone played two complete games for the Cavaliers, tallying seven saves and allowing just one goal. Virginia outshot its opponents 22-17 on the weekend.