#6 UVA field hockey upended by 19 ODU, 1-0

uva-logo-new2The No. 6 UVA field hockey team (12-5, 4-1 ACC) lost 1-0 to No. 19 Old Dominion (9-6, 2-1 Big East) on Sunday in the Cavaliers’ final home game of the 2014 season.

The Lady Monarchs broke a scoreless tie by scoring a goal with 1:28 remaining in regulation. Old Dominion outshot Virginia 14-8 in the game, including holding the Cavaliers to just two shots in the second half while taking eight.

Old Dominion has a great press and they have been holding most teams to one or two goals, so I knew this was going to be a close and we would need to create some attack,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “It was senior day and we honored the fourth-year class after the game today. During the game, the seniors were out there leading by example, trying to make something happen, trying to energize the team and trying to turn the game around, but they just couldn’t quite get it to spark.”

Senior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (Paisley, Scotland) made seven saves. Old Dominion’s Megan Hept logged two saves, both in the first half.

With just under three minutes to play, Old Dominion was awarded a penalty corner. Johnstone saved a shot by ODU’s Rosario Villagra, but the ball remained loose in the circle. One of the Monarch players picked up the rebound and drew a Virginia foul, setting up a second short corner. Megan Byas took a shot from the top of the circle that was blocked by a Virginia defender. Byas scooped up the rebound and fired off a second shot, finding the net for the game winner.

The shutout loss was the second time this season that Virginia did not score in a game. Virginia was also shut out by Penn State, 3-0, in the second game of the season.

Sophomore striker Caleigh Foust (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) led the Cavaliers with three shots.

Next weekend, Virginia will travel to Boston with another chance to secure the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament and the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title when the Cavaliers face No. 17 Boston College (10-5, 2-3 ACC) on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Newton, Mass. Virginia closes out the regular-season slate on Sunday, Oct. 26 with a noon game at Boston University (8-6).

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