Field hockey team clipped in the first-round of the NCAA tournament


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The Virginia Cavaliers beat the Iowa field hockey team 3-2 in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10 in Charlottesville, Va.

No. 7 Virginia struck first in the game when Paige Selenski scored unassisted in the fifth minute. Iowa countered quickly, scoring 2 goals within two minutes of each other to take a 2-1 lead.

The Cavaliers tied it up just before half and took the lead for good during the 60th-minute when Hadley Bell placed a shot just past senior goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw, making the score 3-2.

Virginia will play second-ranked Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinals. Iowa’s season is over.

“We were right there,” head coach Tracey Griesbaum said in a release. “That was the theme of our season — we got better, but we were playing some really, really good teams that it could go either way against.”

Sophomore Dani Hemeon scored the first goal for Iowa, and she paced the team with 11 on the year. Senior Jessica Barnett scored the second goal, her 10th of the year.

The Nov. 10 game was Iowa’s 12th game of the season decided by one goal.

“At the NCAA Tournament, you can’t give a goal away in the final minute of a half,” Griesbaum said. “We had a lapse in one play at the end, and they capitalized.”

Iowa’s final record this season is 14-7.

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