Sports Virginia garners no. 8 preseason ranking despite 2011 struggles By Matt Comey | August 30, 2012 The No. 8 Virginia field hockey team opened its season last Friday with great expectations. Last year the Cavaliers (2-1) finished last place in the ACC and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years. But with the return of redshirt seniors Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese, who both took last season off to compete with the U.S. National Team, the still-maturing squad is revamped and ready to rebound.