NCAA Field Hockey ACCtion: Saturday, November 10
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - With goals from four different players, the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team beat No. 11 Stanford 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium to extend its season by another game and advance to the second round of NCAA Tournament play.
The Tar Heels (21-1) will return to the Henry Stadium turf on Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on No. 8 Old Dominion, a 6-1 winner over No. 9 Michigan in Saturday's second game at Henry Stadium. The winner of the second-round matchup advances to field hockey's final four next weekend in Norfolk, Va.
"We're very excited to live to play another day and earn another game at Francis E. Henry Stadium," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "I'm happy for our seniors - at this point, you want to earn another game and lengthen your career. And I'm proud of the team - I felt at times today we were very undisciplined, but we found away to win. At this point in the season, it's 'survive and advance.' Hopefully we can learn a couple of things as we move forward, at least for one more day."
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia field hockey team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 victory over Iowa. Paige Selenski (R-Sr., Shavertown, Pa.) scored the 100th goal of her career in head coach Michele Madison's 100th win at Virginia.
Selenski wasted little time in becoming just the tenth player in NCAA history to score 100 goals in a career. Five minutes into the game, Selenski carried the ball across the end line to the left side, lifting the ball past the goalie to put the Cavaliers up, 1-0.
Virginia, which has now won 10 games at Turf Field this season, found itself in the unfamiliar territory of trailing at home after Iowa scored on back-to-back penalty corners, the first at the ten minute mark and the second a minute and a half later.
#6 Maryland Shuts Down #13 Lafayette, 2-0
STORRS, Conn. - No. 6 Maryland relied on its dominate defense Saturday to cruise to a 2-0 win over No. 13 Lafayette in the NCAA First Found in Storrs, Conn.
The Terps (17-5) outshot the Leopards (18-3), 17-2 and held them without a corner. The Terrapin defensive unit recorded its ninth shutout of the season. Freshman Anna Dessoye and junior Jill Witmer scored Maryland's two goals.
"Maryland's defense played with an incredible amount of poise, discipline and structure," head coach Missy Meharg said. "It was a really a great day by Lafayette. They were very quick to get numbers under the ball. Because of our great defensive structure and team defense, we were able to secure the win. It's about surviving and advancing at this time, so we are excited to play Connecticut tomorrow."