The Cavaliers didn’t have much time to mourn their overtime loss to the No.16 Penn State on Friday before having to turn around and face another ranked opponent on Sunday against the No.17 Delaware.
Virginia’s No.8 field hockey team came out strong, scoring two goals in the first quarter, and defeated Delaware 3-1 Sunday afternoon at UVA Turf Field for their first win of the season.
It took just over three minutes for the Cavaliers to strike first, as senior Peyton Tollaksen picked up a rebound and placed it in the back of the cage to score the game’s first goal and the season’s first goal. by Tollaksen.
Just seven minutes later, UVA scored again after Greer Gill crossed the ball inside the right side and it was deflected by rookie Noa Boterman for his first career goal.
At the start of the second quarter, the Blue Hens halved the Cavalier’s lead on a goal from Kiki Oudshoorn, assisted by Grace Hoepfner. At halftime, Virginia held a 2-1 lead.
Elder Taylor Henriksen started for the Hoos’ goal, making two saves and allowing one. First-year goaltender Tyler Kennedy played the entire second half and made five saves, all of which came in the fourth quarter as Delaware struggled to find an equalizer. Neither team scored in the third quarter.
Delaware outscored Virginia 19-7 and had twice as many shots on goal (8) as the Cavaliers (4), but the UVA goaltending tandem made seven saves compared to just one from Delaware.
With just over ten minutes to go, the Hoos extended their lead on a goal from Meghen Hengerer, his second of the season. Amber Ezechiels fired a powerful shot towards the net and Hengerer deflected it to make it 3-1, virtually sealing Virginia’s victory.
With the win, Virginia goes 1-1 on the season and the Cavaliers will face William & Mary in Williamsburg on Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET.