Refs Ruin Field Hockey

UVA Field HockeyYou know I'm among the first to blame refs for anything. To be fair, sometimes they really do miss a call. Othertimes, I'm fairly positive they're behind my work cafeteria not having onion rings. The merits of that argument notwithstanding, this week they really did royally screw up on the third-ranked team in the nation. They forgot about a game.

I know what you're thinking. Surely Brian's been hitting up the Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka again because this isn't something that even a beer-filled Brian would say, right? Wrong. No. 3 Virginia was supposed to host Radford at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, but this contest was cancelled.

As it turns out, there was a miscommunication concerning scheduling. Originally, the referees had Nov. 1 on their schedules, but they were wrong. Because of both team’s conflicting schedules, the game will not be rescheduled or played this season.

With a series record of 23-0, Virginia has never lost to Radford. The Hoos are 12-0 against nonconference opponents this year, and is coming off a 2-0 victory over No. 6 Wake Forest.

There was a press release announcing the game on Tuesday, October 27, but apparently no one from the ACC reads these things. At least, not the officiating crews. After both teams arrived at University Hall Turf Field, and after a 30-minute postponement, the teams were left with no other choice but to cancel the contest. Because of scheduling conflicts, the teams will not be able to make this game up.

Virginia (15-2, 2-2 ACC) will conclude the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Duke. It'll be Senior Day, and Virginia’s two seniors, back Lauren Elstein and midfielder Traci Ragukas, will be honored after the match.

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