Monday, April 15, 2024

W&M Field Hockey Drops Match-up with No. 6 Virginia

(Tribe Athletics)

WILLIAMSBURG — Fresh off a road upset of the No. 12-ranked team in the country last week, William & Mary field hockey could not find the same magic against No. 6 Virginia on Friday evening, falling 6-1 at Busch Field.

Sophomore Erin Griffin scored her first collegiate goal in the second quarter, but the visiting Cavaliers (4-1) tallied four in the opening half and two more in the final 30 minutes to pull out the victory.

UVa struck first just six minutes into the game. The visitor converted on a penalty corner as Mia Abello’s shot from the top of the circle caught a deflection and ended up in the upper right corner of the goal.

W&M (1-2) generated a trio of penalty corners in the final four minutes of the first quarter. The Tribe put shots on goal from Lauren Curran and Audrey Domovich, but could not find the equalizer.

Virginia pushed its lead to 3-0 with goals just two minutes apart to open the second quarter. Minnie Pollock scored off a redirect in the 19th minute, before Noa Boterman converted on another UVA penalty corner in the 21st.

Griffin got the Tribe on the board in the 29th minute. On the play, reigning CAA Player of the Week Pyper Friedman played a nice ball down the flank to Curran. The graduate forward crossed it to the middle of the area where Griffin redirected it up and over the UVA goalkeeper into the left side of the cage. The assist was the second of Curran’s career.

The Cavaliers added a fourth goal before the end of the opening half. Taryn Tkachuk scored with just 54 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the visitor a 4-1 lead at the break.

Virginia added goals from Dani Mendez-Trendler and Emma Watchilla in the final six minutes to provide the final margin of 6-1.

The Cavaliers held a 12-7 advantage in shot, including an 11-5 cushion in chances on goal. Both teams had five penalty corners. Curran and Griffin each had two shots for the Tribe.

Senior goalkeeper Maddie George finished with three saves in 41 minutes of action, while freshman Alexandra de Jesus saw her first collegiate action in the second half and made two saves in 19 minutes.

Scoring
6′ | UVA – Mia Abello (Dani Mendez-Trendler/Emily Field)
19′ | UVA – Minnie Pollock (Laura Janssen)
21′ | UVA – Noa Boterman (Madison Orsi/Lauren Kenah)
29′ | W&M – Erin Griffin (Lauren Curran)
30′ | UVA – Taryn Tkachuk (Adele Iacobucci)
54′ | UVA – Mendez-Trendler (Janssen)
58′ | UVA – Emma Watchilla (Janssen)

Starters
W&M – #1 George (GK), #2 Schuma, #3 Domovich, #7 Richbourg, #8 Friedman, #9 McGaughey, #12 Moon, #21 Goodwin, #24 McKinney, #27 Schwartz, #33 Curran
UVA – #24 Kennedy (GK), #2 Abello, #4 Croon, #9 Orsi, #11 Hengerer, #13 Iaobucci, #14 Pollock, #15 Janssen, #19 Mendez-Trendler, #25 Boterman, #26 Field

Up Next
The Tribe opens CAA action on Friday, Sept. 15, when it travels to Towson for a 3 p.m. contest. The match will be broadcast on FloLive.

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