Maryland, North Carolina to Face Off in 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship Game

Nov. 6, 2010

  • ACC Field Hockey Championship Site
  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After surviving overtime tests in the semifinals, top-seeded Maryland and second-seeded North Carolina emerged victorious and will meet in the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship game on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The winner will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship.

    The Terps enter the contest with an 18-1 overall mark and have spent the past two weeks in the top spot of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, while the Tar Heels are 19-1 and ranked No. 2. Maryland took over the No. 1 ranking after its 3-2 win against North Carolina on Oct. 23, which marked the Tar Heels’ first loss of the season. Senior Katie O’Donnell scored twice in the game to give the Terps a 2-0 lead, but the Tar Heels came back to tie it with 15 minutes left. Junior Jemma Buckley scored the game-winner off a penalty corner with just over two minutes remaining to give Maryland the victory.

    Both teams received first rounds byes in this year’s championship. The Terps reached the title game after claiming a 5-4 double-overtime victory over fifth-seeded Wake Forest in the semifinals. Jemma Buckley scored on a pass from sophomore Megan Frazer three minutes into the second overtime period. North Carolina reached the finale after earning a 1-0 overtime win against third-seeded Virginia in the semifinals. Sophomore Kelsey Kolojejchick intercepted a Virginia pass just over two minutes into extra time and sent a shot past the Cavalier goalkeeper into the cage.

    Maryland and North Carolina last met in the conference championship game in 2004 with the Tar Heels prevailing 3-1.

    The Terps are making their third consecutive appearance in the title game and are seeking their third-straight title. They defeated Wake Forest 4-3 in 2008 and topped Virginia in overtime, 3-2, last season. The Tar Heels last played in the championship game in 2007 and won in overtime against Wake Forest, 3-2. North Carolina has won 16 league titles, while Maryland has claimed eight.

    The game is a rematch of the 2009 NCAA National Championship game, which was also played at Kentner Stadium. North Carolina handed Maryland its first loss of the season after scoring the game-winner with 11 seconds to go in the game. It was the Tar Heels’ sixth national title.

    The championship game will be televised live on the ACC’s regional sports network (RSN-TV), which includes FSN South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and the New England Sports Network.