Cavaliers’ season ends with heartbreaking loss to Iowa in shootout in NCAA Tournament : Jerry Ratcliffe

Courtesy of UVA Media Relations

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The Virginia field hockey team’s season ended Friday at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Illinois, with a penalty shoot-out loss to Iowa in the round of 16 of the 2022 NCAA field hockey championship.

Iowa (12-7) scored in the closing seconds of the first half for a 1-0 lead. Laura Janssen scored the decisive goal in the first ball possession of the fourth quarter.

After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, the Cavaliers (13-8) and Hawkeyes went to a shootout. The five-player shootout was tied 3-3, resulting in the sudden win. After both teams missed their first extra shot, Virginia missed her seventh try while Iowa converted hers to end the game.

Iowa advances to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Hosts Northwestern also made progress by winning a penalty shootout against Miami University in the first game of the day.


Iowa scored his goal 34 seconds from time in the first half when an Esme Gibson shot deflected off the stick of a Virginia defender into the goal. Each team had only one shot in the first half.

Virginia leveled the game by taking the opening possession of the fourth quarter. After the kickoff, UVA lifted the ball over the Iowa defense while Taryn Tkachuk sped down the sideline for the pass. She sent a rocket pass to Janssen in the circle, who fired a shot that was deflected into the net by an Iowa stick to tie the game.

Iowa had a good scoring opportunity in the final minutes of regulation when the Cavaliers had two green-card players on the touchline. The Hawkeyes also had a penalty corner in the final minute and a half, but the try was blocked, sending the game into overtime.

Iowa had two penalty corners and four shots in the second overtime but failed to score.

Lieve Schalk scored the decisive goal in the jump-off.


  • Iowa had a 7-5 lead on shots, but five of those shots went into overtime
  • Both goalkeepers made two saves
  • Janssen’s goal was her 12th place in the season. She finished her career with 34 goals and five assists for 73 points
  • Janssen, Adele Iacobucci and Noa Boterman converted their first batting chances
  • This was the 26th trip to the NCAA championship for the Cavaliers and their 14th in head coach Michele Madison’s 17 seasons in Virginia. It’s their seventh trip to the championship in the last eight seasons

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team, not just today but all season. They supported themselves and supported me, showed up every day like they showed up today. It’s really hard to take if you don’t do anything wrong, unless you just don’t win the game. And that’s the hardest thing to take. I think for everyone.”

“Thank you Northwestern for being such great hosts. And congratulations to Iowa.”

On what she will take away from this season
“There are too many things to even think about but just the joy of being part of the team and the wonder of it all. How hard they worked, how hard they believed in every game. And they made things possible. I think they will take that with them for the rest of their lives.”

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