Field Hockey ACCtion: Saturday, October 27
Oct. 27, 2007
NORFOLK, Va. - Behind goals from a pair of seniors, the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team beat No. 10 Old Dominion 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Foreman Field to finish the regular season undefeated at 18-0.
It's the second time in school history that UNC has finished the regular season without a loss. The first was in 1995, when Carolina went on to claim the ACC and NCAA titles and wrap up the year at 24-0.
On a rainy afternoon in Norfolk, Alli Tanner scored the gamewinner for the second outing in a row. A forward from New Providence, Pa., Tanner got UNC on the board in the 14th minute of play on a shot from in front of the cage, assisted by another senior, Jesse Gey. The goal was Tanner's seventh of the season.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia field hockey team notched its second upset of a top-10 team this year with a 5-3 victory over No. 9 Duke behind six saves from Devon Burnley and a two-goal, one-assist performance from Traci Ragukas. In front of a season-high crowd of 540, Lauren Elstein and Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn both contributed a goal and an assist in the victory as No. 15 Virginia (10-8, 1-4 ACC) sent the fourth-year class out with a win in its last regular-season home game. Duke (11-7, 1-4 ACC) was led by Amie Survilla's two goals.
The Cavaliers jumped on top early as Kaars Sijpesteijn sent a ball from the backfield through the midfield up to Elstein, who was behind the Duke sweeper, well below the 25. The second-year collected the ball, attacked the circle, pulled left and scored into an empty net for a goal at 3:49. Virginia scored again as Kaitlyn Hiltz drew a corner on a penetration of the circle. Kaars Sijpesteijn's direct shot was saved, but Ragukas was there to lift the ball into the nets at 10:55 for a 2-0 lead.
Duke answered with a pair of goals in 63 seconds as Dickinson converted a low option back to the injector at 24:22 on a short corner to start the rally. Then, 63 seconds later, Courtney Elliott sent a ball into the circle that was tipped into the cage by Amie Survilla, tying the game at 26:25. The teams went into the break tied at 2-2.