Iacobucci’s game-winner propels No. 7 Hoos to 2-1 win at No. 16 Liberty

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

Adele Iacobucci (13) celebrates her game-winning goal with Noa Boterman (25) and Cato Geusgens (7). (Photo: UVA Athletics)

The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team picked up a 2-1 victory against No. 16 Liberty on Tuesday in Lynchburg. Senior Adele Iacobucci scored the game-winning goal with 4:06 remaining in regulation.


Liberty (9-6) took a 1-0 lead late in the first quarter, scoring on its only penalty corner of the game. The Cavaliers (10-4) tied the game 2:28 into the second quarter. Senior Cato Geusgens and sophomore Noa Boterman passed the ball back and forth to one another after a penalty corner insertion, until Boterman had a clean look at the goal, taking a hard on-target shot to make it 1-1.

The two teams remained knotted at one until the fourth quarter when Iacobucci deflected in a shot by Boterman off a penalty corner to give UVA a 2-1 lead.


  • Virginia held an 11-1 edge in corners
  • Virginia outshot Liberty 9-3 in the first half; shots were even at four apiece in the second half
  • Noa Boterman’s goal was her fifth of the season
  • Adele Iacobucci’s goal was her second of the year
  • Cato Geusgens and Boterman were credited with assists
  • Jet Trimborn made four saves. Liberty’s goalkeeper Azul Iritxity Irigoyen also had four saves


“Liberty is a very strong defensive corner team. We had opportunities there. The goalie made saves. Field players made saves. And then we had a mix-up on our corner defense and got the goal against us where the post player would normally be an easy ball. But they didn’t back down. They kept going full tilt. They believed they could do it. When you dominate possession, you feel like you can make something happen.”


Virginia travels to play at No. 1 North Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m., before closing out the home slate Sunday at Noon against Kent State for its Senior Day game. Both games will be televised on ACCNX.