North Carolina Outduels Wake Forest to Advance to @ACCFieldHockey Semifinals

(Photo by Eric Canha,

Craddock scores fifth game-winning goal of the season

NEWTON, Mass. ( – Behind three-point efforts from both Nina Notman and Charlotte Craddock, respectively, third-seeded North Carolina advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Field Hockey Championship after defeating sixth-seeded Wake Forest, 3-2.

With the victory, the two-time defending ACC champion Tar Heels will square off against second-seeded Syracuse on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

In a contest that went into the intermission tied at two apiece, North Carolina received the deciding tally from Craddock at the 40:07 mark of the match. The junior from Wolverhampton, Englad, notched her fifth game-winning goal of the season – tied for second best in the ACC this season – after she drove home a one-timer from the center of the cage for her eight goal of the season.

Scoring got underway in the evenly matched contest in the sixth minute, as Wake Forest got on the board first thanks to the efforts of Taylor Rhea. The Virginia Beach, Va., native picked up a loose ball in front of the net to score her 16th goal of the season – good for second best in the ACC.

North Carolina wasted little time in answering the opening goal, as it potted two goals in a 10-minute stretch with the help of Notman

On the first goal, Notman took to the ground to push a pass to the front of the cage for Casey Di Dinardo, who sent the ball by goalkeeper Sassi Ammer to knot the contest at one.

Notman followed her helper with a goal at the 19:44 mark of the match, when she found herself wide open in front of the net after a pass from Craddock. After handling the pass, Notman buried a one-timer past Ammer.

Just as the Tar Heels answered, the Deamon Deacons roared back, with a goal nearly two minutes later.

Coming out of a penalty corner, Anna Kozniuk scored her ninth goal of the season on a shot from just inside the circle to send the game to half tied at two.

In the waning moments of the contest, North Carolina looked to add an insurance marker, but Ammer stood tall on her way to facing 11 second-half shots by the Tar Heels.

In total, North Carolina registered 16 shots and six penalty corners, while Wake Forest posted three shots and one penalty corner.

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