Selenski makes history, Virginia topples Duke Saturday
Redshirt senior forward becomes ACC's all-time leading scorer in 3-1 win
The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team toppled No. 22 Duke 3-1 in Durham, N.C. Saturday as Paige Selenski played her way into the record books.
Selenski assisted on sophomore forward Rachel Sumfest’s early score and then netted the go-ahead goal in Virginia’s sixth road win of the year. The redshirt senior forward’s 60 points this season give her 231 for her career, passing fellow Cavalier Meridith Thorpe for most in ACC history.
“It just goes to show how fantastic this program has been all four years I’ve played here,” Selenski said. “It takes a really great defense and really great team to be able to break those kinds of records.”
Sophomore forward Rachel Sumfest scored twice for Virginia and junior back Elly Buckley contributed an assist in the win against Duke (7-10, 0-5 ACC). Sumfest and Buckley have scored 15 goals apiece this season, second only to Selenski’s 24.
After Sumfest scored off the feed from Selenski seven minutes into the first half, the Blue Devils answered. Duke sophomore forward Martine Chichizola tied the score at 1-1 off a penalty corner 15 minutes after Sumfest’s score. Near the end of the first half, Selenski added an unassisted goal to give the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Sumfest’s second goal was the game’s lone second half score as sophomore goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone saved two more shots on goal from there to secure the victory.