Number of Student-Athletes: 29
Number of Scholarships Allowed by the NCAA: 12
2016-17 Cost to Fund Field Hockey Scholarships: $727,335
Number of Endowed Scholarships Currently Funded: 1
In the last 11 seasons under head coach Michele Madison, the Virginia field hockey team has earned nine NCAA Tournament berths, including national semifinals appearances in 2009 and 2010 as well as securing the 2014 ACC regular-season championship and then winning the 2016 ACC Championship, the first title in program history. Midfielder Tara Vittese is a two-time NFHCA National Player of the Year, earning the honor in 2015 and 2016 during her sophomore and junior seasons. Recent Virginia alumnae Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese helped the U.S. National Team to gold medals at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. Vittese, the 2012 USA Field Hockey Player of the Year, and Selenski also competed with the US squad at the 2012 London Olympics with Vittese also competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and have helped elevate the US squad to a world No. 5 ranking. Madison in a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a former assistant US National Team and Olympic coach.
A video feature on the 2016 ACC Championship run
A video feature on 2015 Cavaliers is below.
Get to know two-time NFHCA National Player of the Year Tara Vittese
During the summer of 2011, Virginia installed a new blue AstroTurf® field hockey pitch at University Hall Turf Field. The new surface is an AstroTurf® 12 / 90 system. The field was engineered with a proven, premium knitted nylon fiber designed to provide uniform traction and consistent footing. It improves playability when it’s wet and absorbs water to maintain wet conditions longer. The blue surface, one of very few in the country, is designed for contrast and visibility, enabling the ball to be picked up easier by the eye. On June 18, 2012, the US Olympic field hockey team hosted an exhibition match against Argentina at the Turf Field. The two teams, ranked in the top-10 in the world, used Turf Field as an opportunity to practice and play on a blue surface prior to heading to London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Donations to the Virginia Athletics Foundation directed to Friends Of Field Hockey provide operational and scholarship support for the program.
For more information on how to support Virginia field hockey, contact the Virginia Athletics Foundation.