Field Hockey ACCtion: Saturday, October 20
Oct. 20, 2007
North Carolina 3, Maryland 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior Alli Tanner scored the gamewinner in the 56th minute of play and the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team rolled on to a 3-0 win against second-ranked Maryland Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium. UNC improved to 17-0 on the season and finished Atlantic Coast Conference play 5-0, locking up the top seed in the ACC Tournament. Maryland fell to 16-1 overall and 4-1 in league play, leaving the Tar Heels as the last undefeated team in the NCAA Division I ranks.
The UNC defense did not allow Maryland a penalty corner or even a shot in the game. "We played with discipline and poise and composure," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "A lot of times you know what you want to do but you're not capable of doing it for 70 minutes. We were able to do it for 70 minutes. Rachel Dawson is our field general, but I thought the supporting back three - Melanie Brill, Riley Foster and Xan Funk - played great."
The shutout was UNC's 11th of the season. Five of those have come in Atlantic Coast Conference play, as Carolina has outscored its league opponents 18-0. (North Carolina beat Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime on Aug. 31 in a game that did not count toward the conference standings. The Sept. 29 meeting in Winston-Salem, N.C., which UNC won 5-0, was this season's designated ACC matchup.)
Wake Forest 3, Virginia 0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Backed by a stout defense and an aggressive attack, the third-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team shutout No. 19 Virginia, 3-0, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday afternoon, picking up its sixth consecutive win.
The Demon Deacons improved to 11-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play, while the Cavaliers dropped to 9-8 overall and remain winless in the ACC at 0-4.
Both teams played back and forth to open the game until a shot by Regina Shannon sparked the Wake offense. Chelsea Cipriani added another shot, but both were saved by Cavalier goalkeeper Devon Burnley.
On its second penalty corner, Minou Gimbrere fired a shot toward goal which ricocheted off Burnley, but Cipriani was there to knock in the loose ball at the 20:15 mark to put Wake Forest up 1-0.
NEWARK, Del. - Junior Marian Dickinson netted three goals and freshmen Susan Ferger and Camille Dagorn added one apiece on Saturday, as 10th-ranked Duke defeated Delaware, 5-3, at Rullo Stadium.
The game saw a scoreless tie for the bulk of the first half, as Ferger was the first to score when junior Laura Suchoski found her inside the circle for a goal at the 22-minute mark to put Duke up 1-0. The goal was Ferger's fifth of the year while Suchoski was credited with her fourth assist of the year.
Less than four minutes later, Dickinson slammed a shot past Blue Hen keeper Nikki Rhoades to increase the Blue Devils' advantage to 2-0, and just before the half, Dagorn followed suit with an unassisted tally for her second goal of the season as Duke took a 3-0 lead into the halftime break.