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Cavs see mixed results

The No. 3 Virginia field hockey team split its weekend matches, downing Towson 4-2 Friday afternoon before suffering defeat against No. 12 Old Dominion by a 4-1 margin Sunday.

During Friday's action, the Cavaliers (2-2) jumped out to an early lead as sophomore forward Hadley Bell netted the first goal of the contest a mere three minutes into the game. Three minutes later, sophomore forward Elly Buckley notched her third goal of the season to give the squad a 2-0 lead by the sixth minute of the match. By halftime, the Cavaliers led 3-2, and the squad managed to seal the 4-2 triumph against the Tigers (0-3) with an insurance goal from Bell - her second score of the game - during the second half of play.

Virginia was not as successful Sunday afternoon, however, as Old Dominion - which had already knocked off three ranked opponents this season - humbled the Cavaliers. The Monarchs came out firing as senior forward Kathryn Kirk scored off of a rebound just 33 seconds into the match. Old Dominion - which outshot the Cavaliers by a 12-5 margin - was bolstered by another score from Kirk during the second half and two back-to-back goals from junior back Christy Longacre and junior forward Maartje van Rijswijk during the 24thand 25th minutes, respectively. Virginia did, however, prevent the shutout as sophomore forward Carissa Vittese slipped the ball in the net during the 64th minute for the squad's lone score.

The Cavaliers will now look to redeem themselves as they travel to Harrisonburg, Va. for a midweek matchup against James Madison slated for Wednesday.