NCAA Field Hockey ACCtion: Saturday, November 13

Nov. 13, 2010

Cavaliers Down Michigan State in Overtime, 3-2

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The third-ranked Virginia field hockey team (17-3) advanced in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 overtime victory over No. 11 Michigan State Saturday at the University Hall Turf Field. Freshman Elly Buckley notched the game-winner, one of her two goals on the day, while junior Paige Selenski also scored.

The Cavaliers will face Princeton at 2 p.m. Sunday for the right to move on to the NCAA semifinals.

Virginia and Michigan State battled through six minutes of sudden victory overtime before Buckley (Perth, Australia) scored in the 77th minute. After a foul and a quick reset, Buckley drove into the middle of the circle and put it past Michigan State's Molly Cassidy.

"We expected it to be heartfelt game," Virginia head coach Michele Madison said. "Michigan State put together a game plan they knew we didn't like, and it almost worked for them."

For the game, Virginia outshot the Spartans 22-9. Michigan State led in penalty corners, 5-4.

Virginia scored early in the first half when the Cavaliers were awarded a penalty stroke. Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) took the stroke and converted just 8:33 into the contest for a 1-0 advantage.

Terps Advance to NCAA Round Two

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team beat Massachusetts 4-2 Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Terps (20-1) advanced to the NCAA Second Round and will play Sunday at 2 p.m.

Senior Katie O'Donnell led the Terrapins with a goal and an assist. In the third minute, O'Donnell drew a penalty stroke from UMass goalkeeper Alesha Widdall. Freshman Ali McEvoy took the stroke for Maryland to take the 1-0 lead.

In the eighth minute, freshman Hayley Turner tipped in a shot off of a corner setup. Junior Jemma Buckley sent a pass to Turner just in front of the goal for a 2-0 Terps lead. Five minutes later, the Minutewomen got on the board when Makaela Potts sent in a shot off of a corner setup from Nikki Panciocco and Jaime Bourazeris.

Less than two minutes after the Minutewomen's score, O'Donnell scored herself. Freshman Jill Witmer sent the ball to sophomore Janessa Pope, who was just in front of the goal. Pope sent the ball over to O'Donnell on the other side for a 3-1 lead. Pope scored five minutes later from O'Donnell for the 4-1 lead at the break.

Tar Heels Advance in NCAA Play

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Second-ranked North Carolina beat visiting Stanford 3-1 Saturday in NCAA Field Hockey Championship play at Francis E. Henry Stadium to advance to a Sunday meeting with Old Dominion, a 1-0 winner over Michigan. Sunday's NCAA second round game is set for 2 p.m. at Henry Stadium, with the winner advancing to Friday's NCAA semifinals in College Park, Md.

UNC improved to 20-2 on the year with the victory, while No. 19 Stanford ended its season at 15-6.

Sophomore Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany scored the gamewinner for the Tar Heels in the 10th minute of play. Her 11th goal of the season came after she hit the crossbar on her initial shot then was able to grab the ball again and put it past Stanford keeper Alessandra Moss for the score.

The Tar Heels made it 2-0 in the 17th minute. On a penalty corner, one of three for Carolina in the first half and seven for the game, freshman Marta Malmberg sent her shot into the bottom left corner of the cage, with assists from sophomore Katie Ardrey on the insert and junior Teryn Brill on the stick stop. Carolina added a third goal in the 24th minute, when junior Elizabeth Stephens grabbed the rebound after her initial shot was saved and put it back for her fifth goal of the year.

No. 6 Princeton Defeats No. 13 Wake Forest 3-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 13 Wake Forest field hockey team struck first with a goal in the 25th minute, but No. 6 Princeton defeated the Demon Deacons 3-1 in the First Round of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship Saturday afternoon at University Hall Turf Field.

The Demon Deacons end their season with a 10-10 overall record, while Princeton will advance to face No. 3 Virginia in the Second Round tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a 14-4 record.

Junior Kerry Ergen scored the Deacs' only goal of the game on an assist by sophomore Lizzie Rae at 24:19. Ergen's goal was her fifth of the year, while Rae ends the year with four assists.

Ergen got the Demon Deacons on the board in the 25th minute after converting on a penalty corner. After junior Lauren Greenwald stopped the corner, she passed the ball to Rae at the top of the circle. Rae took a rip to the right side of the cage where Ergen was camping out for the deflection into the goal.