Three ACC Teams Advance in NCAA Field Hockey First Round


Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse advance to NCAA Field Hockey quarterfinals.

Tar Heels Advance With 2-1 Win Over Liberty

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team extended its 2014 season by beating Liberty 2-1 in an NCAA Tournament first round game Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels improved to 18-3 and will face Duke Sunday at 2 p.m. in an NCAA Tournament second round game.

The Tar Heels scored first, exactly seven minutes into the game. On UNC’s second corner of the afternoon, junior Emma Bozek deflected in Nina Notman’s initial shot to put Carolina up 1-0.

Liberty tied the game in the 15th minute of play. When UNC keeper Shannon Johnson came out to play a ball, the Flames worked it around her and into the goal on a pass by Ashlee Krulock and shot from Alynn Richardson.

Junior Casey Di Nardo scored the gamewinner in the 29th minute, on the team’s fourth corner of the day. Notman’s initial hit was to the right side, and Di Nardo redirected it into the cage to give the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead.

Duke Tops Northwestern, 2-1, To Reach NCAA Second Round

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Duke field hockey team will play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season after advancing with a 2-1 defeat of No. 7 Northwestern Saturday afternoon at North Carolina’s Francis E. Henry Stadium. The ninth-ranked Blue Devils (13-6) will meet top seed North Carolina on the Tar Heels’ home turf Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m., with the winner moving on to next weekend’s NCAA semifinals in College Park, Md.

After the Wildcats opened the contest with a penalty corner opportunity in the first minute, Duke responded by breaking into the circle on the other end and launching a pair of shots at the cage. Northwestern goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter made stops on offerings from freshman Ashley Kristen and junior Aileen Johnson to keep the score at 0-0.

Kristen fueled the attack over the next several minutes, placing two more shots on goal. The Blue Devils also drew four penalty corners and notched seven more shots before senior forward Jessica Buttinger capitalized on a fast break by Kristen, spinning and shooting in the back corner of the cage to put Duke ahead 1-0 at the 24:39 mark.

Freshman Alyssa Chillano made it 2-0 in the final minute of the half, scoring on a penalty corner play with Johnson assisting from the wing. The Blue Devils carried that lead into the locker room at the break and also held a 17-1 advantage in shots after the first 35 minutes. Penalty corners were also in Duke’s favor at 6-1.

Syracuse Advances to NCAA Quarters With 2-1 Win Over Boston University

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The No. 4 Syracuse University field hockey team defeated No. 17 Boston University, 2-1, on Saturday morning at J.S. Coyne Stadium to advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Senior back Jordan Pageand freshman midfielder Lieke Visser each scored in the squad's first-round matchup.

The Orange (16-5) advances to the quarterfinals for the eighth time in program history thanks to its win against the Terriers (13-8). Syracuse will take on the winner of No. 6 Penn State and No. 11 Boston College in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The winner of Sunday afternoon's contest will advance to the Final Four.

Syracuse jumped out early, scoring in the 10th minute of play. The Orange drew a penalty stroke and Page lined up for the attempt. The Denver, Pa. native slotted her fourth penalty stroke goal of 2014 to put Syracuse ahead 1-0.

The Orange replicated its early momentum in the latter 35 minutes. Visser went top shelf in the 49th minute to give Syracuse a 2-0 advantage with 21 minutes left in regulation. It marked her 10th goal of the year.

No. 8 Stanford Edges No. 10 Louisville 2-1 in Overtime in First Round of NCAA Championship

STORRS, Conn. - Alex McCawley's unassisted goal in the fourth minute of overtime gave No. 8 Stanford a 2-1 win over No. 10 Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Saturday afternoon at the Sherman Family Complex on the campus of the University of Connecticut. Louisville ends the season with a 15-6 overall record while Stanford (19-2) will face No. 3 UConn in the NCAA second round on Sunday.
Stanford attacked early, rattling off two shots in the first two minutes before the Cardinal took an early lead at the 3:12 mark when Lauren Becker connected on an assist from Kasey Quon.

After withstanding Stanford's offensive pressure through the first 15 minutes of the game, Louisville began to build its attack, firing off five shots and earning four corners in the next 15 minutes before capitalizing on the fifth corner of the half. Senior Mallory Mason inserted the ball and fellow senior Paige Monsen provided the stop for junior Elisa Garcia who delivered her seventh goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1.

No. 11 Boston College Falls in NCAA Tournament

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 11 Boston College field hockey fell to No. 6 Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse. The Eagles fought back from a 1-0 deficit, but the Nittany Lions answered to win, 2-1.

Penn State came out strong in the first half and controlled possession in the Eagles’ zone to start the game. The Nittany Lions stole the ball at midfield and carried it up the field to the right side of BC’s circle in the ninth minute of the half. Amanda Dinunzio, with her sixth of the season, bounced one past Leah Settipane to put the Nittany Lions up, 1-0.

The Eagles picked up the offensive pressure later in the first frame, applying the press against the Penn State defense. With three minutes remaining in the half, BC peppered PSU goalkeeper Kylie Licata with five consecutive shots. Junior forwards Kelcie Hromisin and AshLeigh Sebia, along with freshman forward Brooke Matherson all tallied rapid fire shots, but Licata came up with big saves to keep the Eagles off the board.

Wake Forest’s Season Ends With Loss To Albany

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Flori Van Rijswijk's game-winning goal in the 45th minute proved to be the difference as the No. 5-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team fell to No. 12 Albany 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Field Hockey Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Field Hockey Complex at the University of Maryland.

Wake Forest ends its season with a 14-7 record and as the 2014 ACC Champions after the loss. Albany improves to 19-2 and will face Maryland in the quarterfinals after the win.

The Great Danes got on the board first in the 27th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Albany won a penalty corner and Anna Bottino finished off the play with a shot into the far right of the cage. Flori Van Rijswijk provided the assist to put Albany in front.

Kozniuk tied things up with her 16th goal of the season right before halftime with a drag flick goal in the 33rd minute to make the score 1-1 at the break. Christine Conroe injected the corner and Jess Newak stopped the ball to set up Kozniuk for the goal.