Virginia Advances In ACC Field Hockey Championship With 2-1 Win Over Duke

Nov. 4, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Third-seeded Virginia scored a goal in each half en route to a 2-1 victory against sixth-seeded Duke in the second game of the 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Cavaliers move on to meet the No. 2 seed North Carolina in the semifinal round on Friday.

Virginia improves to 16-2 on the season while Duke drops to 8-11. The two teams met just five days ago in their regular season finale with the Cavaliers prevailing by the same score.

Virginia struck first in the 19th minute after a penalty corner. Junior midfielder Michelle Vittese sent the ball to the right side of the goal and freshman forward Elly Buckley pushed it in for the score. It marked her 15th goal of the season.

Vittese notched her second assist of the game in the second half off another penalty corner. In the 42nd minute Vittese sent the ball towards the net and sophomore midfielder/forward Tara Puffenberger deflected it into the net to give Virginia a 2-0 advantage. Puffenberger registered her ninth goal of the year, while Vittese now has four assists in 2010.

Duke got on the board with just over one minute remaining in the game. Senior forward Susan Ferger recovered her own saved shot and put it in the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season.

Virginia had nine shots to Duke's seven. Four of the Cavaliers' shots were on goal, while Duke tallied five. Senior goalkeeper Kim Kastuk recorded four saves for Virginia and Samantha Nelson, also a senior, had two for Duke.

Buckley and Puffenberger each registered a game-high three shots; two of Buckley's were on goal.

The Cavaliers were awarded six penalty corners and Duke had two.

Virginia advances to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive season and will face No. 2 seed North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Kentner Stadium. This marks the second consecutive year that the Cavaliers and Tar Heels will meet in the semifinals. Virginia won last year's contest, 1-0. The winner will advance to the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m.

More information on ACC field hockey can be accessed by visiting theACC.com. All 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship information can be found on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-field-hockey-championship.html.