The Virginia field hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 5-2 loss against Princeton in the NCAA quarterfinals Sunday at University Hall Turf Field.
UVA ends the year with a record of 16-6.
Senior Paige Selenski says, "They're a great defensive team all around. They don't really have any weaknesses on their field. I think that was a struggle for us. We had the right game plan, and we started off strong, but we needed to maintain that the whole game, and we didn't."
Senior Michelle Vittese adds, "If you can get a jump on them, and get their confidence lower, in the beginning of the game, I think the game changes in our favor, but unfortunately we didn't go with intensity for the entire time."
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the opening 5 minutes, as goals by Rachael Sumfest and Elly Buckley bookended one from Princeton.
But the 2-seed Tigers would pitch a shutout the rest of the match.
Princeton tied the game on a Sydney Kirby goal 9:13 into the game, and took the lead on a Katie Reinprecht score at the 16:11 mark.
Kathleen Sharkey scored twice in the 2nd half.
Vittese says, "Player for player, we're just as good. I still believe that, to be honest, I think they're a more cohesive team than we are. In the game they interchange really well, and they play through the lines very, very well, and unfortunately we couldn't match that."
The loss to the Tigers is the first NCAA tournament defeat for UVA on its home field.
The Wahoos have appeared in the NCAA's 18 times, and six times in seven seasons under head coach Michele Madison.
Virginia was looking to make the national semifinals for the 5th time in program history (1997, 1998, 2009, 2010).
UVA senior Paige Selenski was held scoreless against Princeton, and finishes with 100 career goals, one shy of Meredith Thorpe's all time UVA mark (1995-98).
Selenski says, "I think we grew as a team through the season, so I think that's a positive look on things, and hopefully they can take that forward going into next year."
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