Charlottesville Hosts Field Hockey In Commonwealth Games
Lauren Gampper of Blue Ridge
The 23rd annual Commonwealth Games of Virginia are going on across the state throughout the summer.
The Games feature everything from baseball and soccer to pickleball and cornhole.
The field hockey portion took place this weekend in Charlottesville.
Field hockey had been played at Washington & Lee University for the past thirteen years, but UVa takes over the host duties this year.
There are six different teams in each of the three age groups, plus an adult bracket.
The Blue Ridge Under-19 team features players from Orange, Albemarle, and Louisa counties.
Blue Ridge finishes 4th in the tournament, falling in penalty strokes to the team from Piedmont.
The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
Monticello's Kathryn Deane scored the only goal of regulation for Blue Ridge.
Tournament Director Ashley Ballard says the first year in Charlottesville passed with flying colors, especially for Central Virginia field hockey fans.
"It is wonderful, trust me," says Ballard. "Not having to travel all over the place to see some high-level hockey is a great thing. I think everybody has been happy. The girls have had a great time. The referees have had training opportunities, which we haven't had in the past, so I think all in all it's been a great success."
Boys and Girls lacrosse will join field hockey in Charlottesville next summer.
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