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No. 7 Field Hockey advances to ACC semifinals

<p>Senior striker Caleigh Foust scored the first goal of the second half.</p>

Senior striker Caleigh Foust scored the first goal of the second half.

No. 7 Virginia field hockey team started the ACC Tournament in impressive form with a 6-3 win over No. 11 Boston College. It is the Cavaliers (13-7, 3-3 ACC) second consecutive win.

The game was one of the higher scoring games of the season for Virginia with a tied score of 3-3 at the half.

The Golden Eagles (10-9, 3-3 ACC) led the game early until junior midfielder Tara Vittese scored a penalty stroke. It was her fourth such goal of the year. Just three minutes later, Boston College took back the lead on a penalty corner. In the spirit of the goal heavy gone, senior midfielder Lucy Hyams equalized only one minute later with a shot in the top corner of the goal.

Virginia led for the first time in the game when freshman midfielder Colleen Norair hit a bouncing ball into the right side of goal. It was Norair’s first goal as a Cavalier. A Golden Eagle penalty corner tied the game at three before half.

The Cavaliers scored two rebound goals in the beginning of the second half to lead by two. Senior striker Caleigh Foust scored the first goal and freshman back Anzel Viljoen scored the second. Foust closed out the scoring with her second goal of the day during the game’s final minute.

The sixth-seeded Cavaliers will next play seventh-seed Wake Forest in the semifinals Friday at 3:30 p.m. All ACC Tournament games are being played at Wake Forest’s Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.