The Virginia field hockey team’s season ended Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Illinois, with a penalty shoot-out loss to Iowa.
Iowa (12-7) scored in the closing seconds of the first half for a 1-0 lead. Laura Janssen scored the winning goal for the Cavaliers (13-8) in first possession of the fourth quarter.
After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, Iowa and Virginia went to a penalty shootout. After the five-man shootout, the score was 3-3, resulting in the sudden win. After both teams missed their first extra shot, Virginia missed on his seventh try while Iowa converted his shot to end the game.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team, not just today but throughout the season,” said Virginia coach Michele Madison. “They supported themselves and supported me, showed up every day like they showed up today. It’s really hard to take if you don’t do anything wrong, unless you just don’t win the game. And that’s the hardest thing to take. I think for everyone.”
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Iowa advances to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Hosts Northwestern also made progress by winning a shootout in the day’s first game against Miami (Ohio).
UVa men qualify for the NCAA XC meeting
Led by a third overall by Justin Wachtel in a thrilling 10K, the Virginia men’s cross country team finished second at the Southeast regional championships to secure their spot at next week’s national championships.
The Virginia women are awaiting the decision of the NCAA Division I Cross Country Selection Committee in hopes of earning an overall bid after finishing third in their race.
“I’m very proud of our men’s and women’s teams today,” said Vin Lananna, Virginia director of athletics and cross country. “Both teams fought hard and executed their race plans exceptionally well. I am very happy that the men are going to Stillwater and we are waiting to see if the women will go there too.”
The Virginia men did what they do best when running as a pack, as the Cavaliers stayed four kilometers within reach of the all-important top-two qualifiers behind Wake Forest, EKU and North Carolina.
UVa moved at the 6-kilometer mark as the Cavaliers passed EKU and North Carolina to secure second place for the first time in the race as Virginia’s top five runners traversed six kilometers in the span of one second.
At the finish, it was Wachtel who led the Cavaliers across the finish line with his time of 29:47.7 followed by Derek Johnson in 10th place. The final wave of Cavalier scorers included Yasin Sado, Rohann Asfaw and Will Anthony, who went 22-23-25 to take the Cavaliers’ total points to 83 and edge out ACC champion Wake Forest by just five points for the second automatic qualifier .
In the women’s 6K, Virginia consistently battled ACC rivals NC State and North Carolina. As NC State pulled away by the 3k mark, things only got tighter between the Cavaliers and the Tar Heels in the battle for the remaining qualifying spot.
At the finish line, Sophie Atkinson led Virginia in 13th with her time of 20:36.3, followed by Margot Appleton in 16th and Mia Barnett in 23rd. Camryn Menninger and Esther Seeland rounded out the score for Virginia and brought the Cavaliers to a total of 109.