Sept. 25, 2010

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Paige Selenski scored the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of overtime as the third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (8-0, 1-0 ACC) edged No. 12 Boston College (6-3, 0-2 ACC) Friday at Newton Campus Field.

It was Selenski's 12th score of the season, including her fourth game-winner. The Cavaliers improved to 2-0 in overtime on the year.

Selenski's winning goal began to develop in Boston College territory, when classmate Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scooted past a BC player and fed Selenski, who was way up field on the left side. Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) beat a defender as she dribbled into the circle, shooting past goalkeeper Kristine Stigas for the game-winner.

It was a tale of two halves in regulation, as Virginia scored twice in the first half, while the Eagles rebounded for two scores in the second half. The tying goal came as the horn sounded and send the game into overtime.

For the contest, Boston College outshot Virginia, 14-11, and also had a 14-13 penalty corner advantage.

Down one, Boston College pulled Stigas for an extra-man opportunity with 7:21 remaining in the contest. Virginia took three penalty corners in a row and could not find the cage; sophomore Tara Puffenberger (Dallas, Pa.) also had an empty net shot that hit off the left post.

Then with under a minute to play, the Eagles were awarded a penalty corner. Virginia goalkeeper Kim Kastuk (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) saved the initial shot, but Paige Norris took control after the ball was rebounded and shot from just inside the circle, beating Kastuk in the upper left hand corner of the goal as time expired.

Kastuk finished with six saves while Stigas recorded three. Carla Tamer also notched a defensive save for the Eagles.

Virginia was quick to get on the board, scoring on its first penalty corner of the contest. Carpenter injected to Jennings, who put it in front of Buckley for the shot. The goal, which came just 3:30 into the game, was Buckley's fifth of the year.

Then, at 21:22, the Cavaliers were awarded their second penalty corner of the half that resulted in another score. Buckley passed it out to Jennings, who set up Michelle Vittese. Vittese dribbled in closer to the goal and beat Stigas on the far post for her fourth goal of the year. Virginia led 2-0 at halftime.

The Cavaliers conclude their five-game road trip with a noon contest at Cornell Sunday in Ithica, N.Y.