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Undefeated Syracuse earns top seed in field where every team is ranked nationally
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syracuse holds the top seed for the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship, set to begin Thursday, Nov. 5, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Orange (6-0 ACC), who have been ranked in the NFHCA Top 5 the entire season, enter the ACC Championship as the No. 1 seed for the first time since joining the league in 2013. The 2014 NCAA runner-up will get a bye in the first round and play the winner of Duke and Virginia on Friday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m.
No. 2 Wake Forest (4-2), the defending conference champion, will take on No. 7 Boston College (1-5) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The Demon Deacons are currently ranked No. 7 in the NFHCA Poll, while the Eagles sit at No. 14.
Third-seeded and third-ranked North Carolina (4-2), which has reached the NCAA semifinals six straight years, will open ACC Championship play on Thursday at 4 p.m. against No. 6 Louisville (1-5), which is ranked No. 8 nationally.
The opening game of the tournament on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. will feature No. 4 Virginia (3-3) against No. 5 Duke (2-4). Both teams have been ranked in the NFHCA Top 10 the entire season.
The seven ACC field hockey teams have been ranked for the entire season, and six of the top eight ranked teams in the NFHCA Poll are from the ACC. Conference teams have combined to go 61-6 against the other leagues this season, the best mark in the nation, and are 25-6 against ranked nonconference opponents.
ACC fans will be able to watch all six games of the championship as they will be televised live by the league’s Regional Sports Networks, live online on ESPN3, and available on the WatchESPN mobile application.
Single-session tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.
Make sure to use the official hashtag, #ACCFH, and follow ACC Field Hockey on Twitter, @ACCFieldHockey, for news and updates during the championship.
For additional information on the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship, visit http://theacc.co/15FHchamp.
2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship
Thursday, November 5
Game 1 - No. 5 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia (RSN/ESPN3), 11:00 a.m.
Game 2 - No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 2 Wake Forest (RSN/ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
Game 3 - No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 3 North Carolina (RSN/ESPN3), 4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 6
No. 1 Syracuse vs. Game 1 Winner (RSN/ESPN3), 1:00 p.m.
Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner (RSN/ESPN3), 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 8
ACC Championship (RSN/ESPN3), 1:00 p.m.