NCAA ACCtion: @ACCFieldHockey Advances Four to Quarterfinals


Four ACC teams advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 Field Hockey Championship.  Maryland, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest will play again on Sunday at 2 p.m. The ACC is guaranteed at least one team in the national semifinals as Wake Forest faces North Carolina. The league could see as many as three teams advance has Maryland (vs. Princeton) and Duke (vs. UMass) are also playing host to quarterfinals.

#1 Maryland Advances Past #18 American, 4-1

The top-seeded Maryland field hockey team advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-1 win over No. 18 American Saturday in the First Round in College Park.

Junior Katie Gerzabek scored twice for the Terrapins (20-1), while sophomore Anna Dessoye added a goal and an assist to help the Terps to the NCAA Second Round on Sunday.

"This time of year, advancing is great," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I'm very proud of the women for finding a way. American is an excellent team. Today, they came out with a very different game plan than they did when we played them earlier in the season in Washington D.C., which was very much expected because Steve Jennings is a fantastic coach. We're just really pleased to be advancing."

Maryland outshot American, 8-6 and both teams had four penalty corners. Goalkeeper Natalie Hunter picked up two saves on the day.

North Carolina Tops Delaware 6-2 To Advance In NCAA Tourney

Behind the force of three goals in just over a two-minute span, the third-ranked North Carolina field hockey team beat No. 14 Delaware 6-2 Saturday in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Francis E. Henry Stadium. UNC (17-5) got a hat trick from junior Charlotte Craddock in the victory, and the other three goals came from senior Marta Malmberg and sophomores Emily Wold and Nina Notman.
In Saturday's second NCAA Tournament game at Henry Stadium, Wake Forest beat No. 6 Old Dominion 3-2 to advance. UNC and Wake Forest will face off Sunday at 2 p.m. in an NCAA Tournament second round game, with the winner moving on to the national semifinals Friday in Norfolk, Va.

"I'm delighted to have advanced," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We never take NCAA Tournament games for granted. We were fully prepared for Delaware and I'm excited we were able to get on the board early.

Duke Downs UNH 6-1 to Advance to NCAA Second Round

Senior forward Emmie Le Marchand notched her first hat trick of the season to power the fifth-ranked and fourth-seeded Duke field hockey team to a 6-1 victory over No. 16 New Hampshire in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship Saturday afternoon at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

Le Marchand matched a career-best performance with seven points (3g, 1a) on the day. The native of Worcester, England moved into sixth place on Duke's all-time chart for career points with 132 and also jumped to seventh place on the program's list for career goals with 53.

Five other Blue Devils added points as the home squad outshot the Wildcats, 18-9, and held a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners for the contest. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing made two saves while Carlie Tarbell totaled 10 stops in goal for New Hampshire.

McFadyen Scores Game Winner as No. 13 Wake Forest Topples No. 6 ODU

Senior Jess McFadyen scored with 5:09 left in the second half as No. 13 Wake Forest defeated No. 6 Old Dominion by a score of 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C.

McFadyen broke a 2-2 tie between the Monarchs and the Demon Deacons after several chances from each squad.

Wake Forest (12-8) moves on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and will play No. 3 North Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Henry Field. Old Dominion finishes the season with a 13-8 overall record.

Krysta Wangerin, Christine Conroe and McFadyen had the three goals for Wake Forest. Valerie Dahmen made three saves in the game while Conroe had a defensive save in the game.

Boston College Falls in Overtime in NCAA Tournament

The 11th-ranked Boston College field hockey team fell, 2-1, in overtime to fourth-ranked Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y. Down, 1-0, with less than four minutes to play in their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles (12-8) scored to send the game to overtime, but the Huskies (18-4) managed to capitalize on a corner to earn the win.

"I am very proud of the effort our team showed today," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "The players demonstrated tremendous character and they played really hard to get the game to overtime. They responded really well when I pulled the goalie. As disappointing as this loss is, I am very proud to be affiliated with this team, this group of `25 Strong.'"

No. 7 Virginia's Season Ends with a 4-3 Overtime Loss in the NCAA First Round

The No. 7 Virginia field hockey team's season came to a close with a 4-3 overtime loss to Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia ends the year with a 15-6 record. UMass improves to 19-4 and will face Duke on Sunday in the second-round match-up. Virginia held a 3-2 lead when UMass was awarded a penalty corner with just under two minutes to play in the second half. Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone (Paisley, Scotland) saved the initial shot with junior back Kelsey LeBlanc (Haverford, Pa.) getting a defensive save on a secondary attempt. The Cavaliers cleared the ball out of the circle, but UMass stole the ball back, attacking the goal again and scoring with 1:08 remaining to tie the game, 3-3.

Virginia had several opportunities in overtime including back-to-back hard shots from seniors Elly Buckley (Scarborough, Perth, Australia) and Hadley Bell (Shaker Heights, Ohio), but UMass' goalkeeper Sam Carlino stopped both attempts. Right before the game-winner, UMass had dribbled the ball into the circle, with Charlotte Verelst taking a shot that was blocked by a Cavalier defender. Verelst picked up the loose ball and rifled a shot into the upper right corner of the net to score 10:52 into the overtime period.

#20 Spartans Upset #2 Orange in NCAAs

Despite a 21-4 shot advantage, No. 2 Syracuse field hockey suffered a 2-1 upset at the hands of No. 20 Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament first round on Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange concludes the season with a 16-4 record, while the Spartans improve to 14-9 and will face the No. 4 Connecticut, which defeated No. 11 Boston College, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Coyne Stadium.

The loss ends the Orange's 45-game home winning streak that dated back to 2009.

In a game controlled by the Orange throughout, the Spartans were opportunistic with their limited scoring opportunities, scoring on two of their three shots that were on goal, while MSU goalkeeper Molly Cassidy kept her team in the game with 10 saves.