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Nov. 11, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina field hockey team earned its fourth final four ticket in as many years on Sunday, beating No. 8 Old Dominion 3-1 at Francis E. Henry Stadium to advance to the NCAA semifinals in Norfolk, Va. UNC (22-1) will face Syracuse at 2 p.m. on Friday with the winner moving on to next Sunday's NCAA championship game.
"I'm absolutely thrilled for this group of seniors to advance to the final four," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "It's never easy to beat Old Dominion."
This will be UNC's 17th appearance in the NCAA semifinals, and the fifth time the Tar Heels have reached the final four in the past six years. Carolina's seniors were part of an NCAA title in 2009 and have been national runners-up the past two seasons.
On Sunday, Carolina went up early and held the lead throughout. In the sixth minute of play, sophomore Charlotte Craddock sent a pass to freshman Emily Wold, who then returned it so Craddock could deflect the ball past ODU keeper Marla Petriello from the right side of the cage. The goal was Craddock's team-high 22nd of the season and would prove to be her fifth gamewinner.
STORRS, Conn. - Senior Megan Frazer scored with 2:10 left to send No. 6 Maryland to its fifth straight Final Four with a 2-1 win at No. 4 Connecticut Sunday. Maryland (18-5) earned a spot in its 15th Final Four under head coach Missy Meharg.
"UConn is a tremendously well-coached team and they're highly technical in terms of their individual players," head coach Missy Meharg said. "I thought we sat back in first half and tried to figure out what they were going to be like. The quality of the match picked up in the second half and it was an advantage for us. Megan Frazer is just a winner. She's done it since her freshman year. I'm just so proud of the Maryland women for finding a way to win and get back to the Final Four."
UConn's Chloe Hunnable put the Huskies (19-3) on the board first when she knocked one in off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the game.
With just under 12 minutes left in the first, junior Jill Witmer brought it into the circle and got the offense moving quickly. From the baseline on the right, she sent in a pass and freshman Alyssa Parker was able to pop in the tying goal over UConn keeper Sarah Mansfield's head.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia field hockey team's season came to an end with a 5-2 loss to Princeton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The game had a wild start with three goals being scored in the first five minutes of play.
The Cavaliers fired up the home crowd early. Elizabeth Hanks (Jr., Hummelstown, Pa.) got an early breakaway, getting fouled in the circle 33 seconds into the game to give Virginia a penalty corner. Elly Buckley (Jr., Scarborough Perth, Australia) smashed a shot from the top of the circle, the ball pinging off the goalie's pads. Rachel Sumfest (So., Lewistown, Pa.) was perfectly positioned to smack the rebound into the net to put UVa up 1-0. Two and a half minutes later, the Tigers countered with a perfect pass from Teresa Benvenuti to Sydney Kirby. Kirby fired a shot over the shoulder of goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone(So., Paisley, Scotland) to even the score.