Field hockey extends perfect start with shutouts
Fifth-ranked Virginia blanks Maine, Vermont to improve to 7-0
The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team captured two shutout wins this weekend at the Catamount Field Hockey Classic, keeping its undefeated season intact and winning the tournament’s title. The Cavaliers defeated Maine 2-0 Saturday and Vermont 7-0 Sunday.
Virginia (7-0) outshot its opponents 59-14 on the weekend with three different players scoring multiple goals — senior forward Elly Buckley and freshmen forwards Lucy Hyams and Riley Tata. Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone recorded both wins, playing two complete games and compiling five saves.
The Cavaliers opened the weekend with a tight win against the Black Bears (3-4). Virginia got on the board just two minutes into the game off a Maine own-goal, but neither team scored on the opposing net until the game’s final minute. Hyams tallied the lone goal off a Cavalier stick, scoring on an unassisted strike with 38 seconds remaining.
While only one Virginia player found the back of the net Saturday, five different Cavaliers scored goals Sunday against the Catamounts (0-6). Junior back Kelsey LeBlanc started the Cavalier onslaught with a goal off a rebounded penalty corner 20 minutes into the game. Three minutes later, LeBlanc found Tata for her fourth goal of the year. Buckley then scored back-to-back unassisted goals to bring the Cavalier lead to 4-0 going into the half.
Hyams got things going for the Cavaliers out of the break with her second goal of the weekend. Later in the period, sophomore forward Taylor Brown scored her first goal of the year on a Buckley assist, and Tata scored the final goal of the game — her fifth of the season — just minutes later.
Buckley, Johnstone and senior backs Chloe Pendlebury and Katie Robinson were named to the All-Tournament team.
Virginia will next take the field when it hosts No. 1 North Carolina Friday.