NCAA Field Hockey ACCtion: Friday, November 16

Nov. 16, 2012

UNC to Play for NCAA Crown

NORFOLK, Va. -- The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team advanced to its 15th NCAA Championship game with a 6-1 win over No. 5 Syracuse Friday afternoon at Powhatan Sports Complex. The Tar Heels will play Sunday afternoon for the program's seventh national title, facing either Princeton or Maryland at 1 p.m.

Sophomore Charlotte Craddock scored three goals in the win for her fourth hat trick of the year. Senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany scored two and junior Sinead Loughran added one as the Tar Heels, the No. 1 overall seed in tournament, improved to 23-1 with a win over the only team to have beaten them this season.

Syracuse won the teams' first matchup, 1-0 in overtime in Syracuse on Sept. 1, and the Orange held the first lead in this one. In the eighth minute of play on a penalty corner, UNC goalkeeper Sassi Ammer saved Syracuse's initial shot but Lauren Brooks grabbed the rebound and put it back in from the left post.

The Orange lead lasted 63 seconds before UNC used a fast break off a restart to score a goal of its own. Craddock fed the ball to Gaudioso Radvany, who had just come into the game. The forward from Lawrence, N.J., deflected the ball behind SU keeper Leann Stiver from the left side to tie the game at 1-1.

No. 6 Terps Edged by Overtime Penalty Stroke

NORFOLK, Va. -- No. 6 Maryland was edged by No. 2 Princeton, 3-2, Friday night in the NCAA Semifinals off a penalty stroke awarded to the Tigers in the sixth minute of overtime. The Terrapins' defense held the nation's No. 1 offense at bay for most of the game. After trailing 2-1 late, Maryland tied it up off a stroke with 14 minutes to play.

Princeton struck first less than four minutes in, when Kat Sharkey, the nation's leading scorer, carried it into the top of the circle from the left side and banged one in.

Six minutes later, junior Jill Witmer sent in a rebounded shot off from the right post off a corner to tie it up. Harriet Tibbletook the initial shot off the penalty corner and Witmer was there for the putback.