NCAA Field Hockey ACCtion: Friday, November 19

Nov. 19, 2010

Tar Heels Stay Alive With OT Win

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Meghan Dawson's penalty corner goal just over four minutes into overtime Friday afternoon sent the North Carolina field hockey team to Sunday's NCAA championship game with a 4-3 win over third-ranked Virginia. The second-ranked Tar Heels (22-2) will meet Maryland, a 3-1 winner over Ohio State in the second semifinal game.

The championship matchup is set for noon Sunday at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. A live broadcast will be available at and through a link on

"We're very, very excited to advance to the final game," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "I think everybody who watched that game enjoyed a very exciting game of field hockey. I want to congratulate the University of Virginia - obviously, either team could have won that game."

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Paige Selenski, who would finish the day with a hat trick. UNC finally got on the board 95 seconds before halftime, when senior Elizabeth Drazdowski deflected in a ball from sophomore Caitlin Van Sickle on a penalty corner.

#1 Maryland Heads to NCAA Finals

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team (22-1) beat No. 7 Ohio State 3-1 Friday night in the NCAA Semifinals round.

Senior Katie O'Donnell, who was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year earlier Friday, lead the Terrapins to the championship game Sunday with her seventh career hat trick.

Maryland advances to the NCAA championship game for the 10th time in school history. Six of its 10 appearances have been against North Carolina. The Terrapins beat the Tar Heels twice this season, including a 3-2 win Oct. 23 in College Park and a 5-2 win two weeks ago for the ACC Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Buckeyes took an early 1-0 lead, with a tip-in goal by Jena Cacciatore in the fifth minute off of a rebounded shot.

O'Donnell scored the Terps' first goal off of a penalty corner just under 10 minutes later, as freshman Ali McEvoy notched the assist. O'Donnell inserted on the corner to sophomore Harriet Tibble, who passed it to McEvoy. O'Donnell took the pass and tipped it in for a backdoor shot.

After going into the break tied at one, O'Donnell struck again eight minutes into the second half. Again on a corner setup, junior Jemma Buckley took a shot that was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Ally Tunitis. O'Donnell took a high shot off the rebound for the score.