NCAA Field Hockey ACCtion: Saturday, November 12
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team scored four goals after halftime to advance in NCAA Tournament play with a 4-0 first round win over No. 20 Ohio Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium. UNC, the top seed in the 16-team field, improved to 21-1 with the win and advances to a second round game. The Tar Heels will face eighth-ranked Michigan, a 5-4 winner over No. 9 New Hampshire in the other Chapel Hill first round game, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Henry Stadium.
"Congratulations to Ohio University," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "They lived up to their billing as an outstanding defensive team. They played well and they played their hearts out. They really did a nice job of holding us without a goal in the first half.
"I was proud of our team for showing some composure and not getting frustrated. You hit a hot goalie and I think sometimes you can rush things, but we maintained our composure and were able to control the ball and create chances. I'm delighted about the four goals, and about the shutout as well."
The shutout was UNC's 12th of the season. The Tar Heels now lead the nation in that category.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland field hockey team will move on to the NCAA Second Round Sunday, as it held off No. 12 Iowa, 4-2, Saturday in NCAA First Round action. Senior Jemma Buckley scored twice and redshirt senior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti registered four key saves in the second half to preserve the win.
The fourth-ranked Terrapins (16-4) will face third-ranked Syracuse (19-3), who is also the third-seeded team in the Tournament, Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
"Maryland put together 70 minutes of very strong, intense hockey," head coach Missy Meharg said. "It was a demonstration of what we have been looking for, and it couldn't have come at a better time."
Buckley, the Terrapins' leading scorer, notched her 19th and 20th goals of the season in the first half. In the fifth minute of play, she drilled in a shot off of a corner set up by freshman Katie Gerzabek and junior Harriet Tibble.
NORFOLK, Va. - For the seventh time this season, the sixth-ranked Duke field hockey team shut out its opponent as the Blue Devils scored four goals in the second stanza to convert a 1-0 halftime lead into a 5-0 NCAA Tournament victory over No. 10 Stanford Saturday afternoon from Old Dominion's Powhatan Sports Complex.
With the win, Duke (14-7) advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in program history. The Blue Devils, now 15-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, will face No. 2 seed Old Dominion Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
Duke's five goals marks the Blue Devils highest scoring output since downing Central Michigan 5-0 on Oct. 23, 2011 as Duke outshot Stanford (17-4) 16-10 for the game. Sophomore Emmie Le Marchand led the way with three goals for her second hat trick of the season, while junior Devon Gagliardi registered a goal and an assist.