No. 11 Virginia 48, Syracuse 34

The brand-new court design in the Dome for the 2019-20 season

The brand-new court design in the Dome for the 2019-20 season

Virginia shot 40 percent from the field, while holding Syracuse to 23 percent shooting. Coach Tony Bennett's team will hope for the same Wednesday night while becoming the first defending champ to open with a true road game since UCLA beat Purdue 73-71 to begin the 1967-68 season.

Freshman Charlotte de Vries and junior Carolin Hoffmann were named to the 2019 All-ACC field hockey first Vries led the Orange with 15 goals while Hoffmann tallied eight points (three goals, two assists).

Three Cavaliers reached double digits in points, led by senior forward Mamadi Diakite with 12. In his first return to Syracuse since his jersey retirement in 2013, Melo watched Syracuse score 34 points. They were the first trio of teammates in ACC history to make five or more 3-pointers in the same game. His 11.7 points per game average last season was second on the team, and he also pulled down 4.3 rebounds a game after transferring from East Carolina. The Orange started 1 for 13, including five missed 3s, the only make a layup by Bourama Sidibe that gave them a 2-0 lead. Virginia held Syracuse scoreless for 8:56 during that span. UVA took a 25-19 lead into the half.

Syracuse lost four starters and 58 percent of its scoring from last season when it went 20-14 and fell to Baylor in the First Four. Syracuse dropped to 39-5 in season openers under coach Jim Boeheim. Anthony, who was greeted by chants of Melo!

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Key answered with a bucket off of a nice save and assist by Morsell, and then Key hooked Diakite up with a sweet dish to push the lead back to seven, 17-10, with 4:48 left until the break. No other Orange player scored more than 4 points on the night, as the team shot 5 for 29 (17 percent) from downtown and committed nine turnovers.

Virginia hosts James Madison in non-conference action on Sunday.

The teams will meet again on January 11 in Charlottesville, Va.

After the loss, Boeheim was critical of what he labeled "money grab" scheduling, which pitted his squad against a tough ACC opponent to start the season.

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