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No. 8 Virginia’s attack dominates in 3-0 win against Towson

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

uva field hockeyThe No. 8 Virginia field hockey team (3-1) picked up its second shutout of the weekend, winning 3-0 against Towson on Sunday at Turf Field in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers were on the attack most of the game, taking 53 shots and earning 22 penalty corners. Towson took just one shot in the game.

Senior back Amber Ezechiels scored the game-winner in the first quarter. Freshman striker Noa Boterman scored her second goal of the season while freshman striker Taryn Tkachuk tallied her first collegiate goal.

The Cavaliers started strong, earning their first penalty corner a minute into the game, and tallying 14 shots in the first period alone. Ezechiels scored on UVA’s final penalty corner, and final shot of the period when junior midfielder Adele Iacobucci corralled the ball after insertion and sent a pass to a wide-open Ezechiels on the left corner of the net. She knocked it in for the 1-0 lead.

Despite 17 shots in the second quarter, UVA went into halftime with that same 1-0 advantage.

Virginia took a 2-0 lead on a perfect set-up in the third quarter from junior midfielder Danielle Husar to Boterman. Husar sent a cross to Boterman who was in the center of the circle with Boterman firing off an on-target attempt to give UVA a 2-0 lead. Tkachuk made it 3-0 when she converted a penalty stroke in that same period.

Towson’s graduate student goalkeeper Lena Vandam had a career-day in goal, making 21 saves. The 2020 CAA Defensive Player of the Year also had a backline that added five defensive saves.

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