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Nov. 18, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - The North Carolina field hockey team reached the NCAA Championship game for the fourth year in a row but came away with the same result for the third year in a row, falling 3-2 to Princeton on Sunday afternoon at Old Dominion's Powhatan Sports Complex. Top-ranked UNC finished 23-2 as the national runner-up while No. 2 Princeton (21-1) claimed its first national title.
It marked the third year in a row that UNC has finished as the runner-up by a 3-2 score. Carolina won the 2009 title over Maryland 3-2, then lost to the Terrapins in overtime 3-2 in 2010 and 2011.
"I want to congratulate Princeton on a stellar year," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "It was a typical national championship game - there were some ebbs and flows to it. I thought both teams fought incredibly hard. We were pleased to get an early goal, but Princeton fought back - it was a game of turns.
"But I'm incredibly proud of our kids and our effort. I told the team this morning that I didn't want how I felt about our effort and our season to get lost in whether we won or lost (today). We had a really good year.
"I'm proud of the group. I'm disappointed with the loss, but that's sport - you win some and you lose some, and that's the way it goes."