Field Hockey ACCtion: Sunday, October 7
Oct. 7, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After honoring its seniors in a pregame ceremony, the North Carolina field hockey team beat visiting Radford 6-0 Sunday at Henry Stadium to improve to 14-0 on the season and tie the Atlantic Coast Conference record for consecutive shutouts at nine.
"I'm delighted that we had a successful Senior Day - we wanted to play hard for the seniors," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "But more importantly I'm excited we've tied an ACC record for consecutive shutouts. Any record in the ACC is an accomplishment. As a coach, this defensive record makes me incredibly proud."
With the team's seven seniors - Laree Beans, Rachel Dawson, Xan Funk, Jesse Gey, Heather Kendell, Liz Morris and Alli Tanner - all in the starting lineup, UNC didn't take long to score the only goal it would need against the Highlanders (4-10). Seven minutes into the contest, on the Tar Heels' second penalty corner of the day, Dawson set a ball to the right of the goal and Beans deflected it in to put UNC up 1-0.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team topped No. 14 Boston University, 3-1, at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Sunday afternoon. Coming off of Saturday's 4-2 road win against Duke, the Terps returned home to earn its 18th-consecutive victory dating back to last season and improved to 14-0 in front of a school-record 1,784 fans. The Terriers' record fell to 10-4.
Prior to the start of Sunday's game, Maryland head coach Missy Meharg was honored for her 20 years on the Terrapin bench. With the victory today, her career record improved to 341-95-9. She is ranked among the top 20 winningest coaches in NCAA field hockey history.
Freshman Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) put the Terps on the board in the sixth minute, dodging past Boston University's goalie Kim Katsuk and a hard shot into the back, left corner of the cage. The unassisted tally was O'Donnell's 14th of the season as she remains Maryland's scoring leader.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Virginia field hockey team held a 1-0 lead late into the game, but No. 14/17 Louisville scored on a short corner late in regulation and then again in the opening minute of the extra session to defeat No. 15/19 Virginia 2-1 today in Louisville. Jamie Mulhare tallied the goal for the Cavaliers (7-6), while Allison Maffitt scored both goals for the Cards (9-5) off assists from Nicole Youman.
Virginia jumped on the board late in the first half as Shelley Edmonds dribbled the ball out of the defensive circle and sent it up to Abby Taylor, who tipped the ball forward to Traci Ragukas. Ragukas sent a long ball that was tipped over the midfield by a Cardinal; Jamie Mulhare was over the midfield stripe, collected it, and attacked the circle with a trailing defender. Louisville's Marie-Claire Heller came out to challenge Mulhare, but Mulhare pulled right and slotted the ball into the open net to put Virginia up 1-0 at 30:36. The Cavaliers led with this score at the break.