No. 7 Field Hockey Falls to No. 3 North Carolina, 5-2
Oct. 19, 2013
"North Carolina is an exceptional team. We responded very well in the later half of the first half and really competed in the second half," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "We never as showed any signs of giving up and played hard to the very end. We need to recognize the ability and potential we have to play with the best in the country and start the game with that mentality. When we play with our BC identity we are very good."s
The Eagles are now 2-3 against top-five teams in 2013 and 4-4 on the year against teams ranked in top 20.
North Carolina scored three goals on six corners in the first half. The Tar Heels got on the board early, earning a penalty corner a minute and a half into the game. The Eagles' defense blocked the first attempt, but the Heels were immediately awarded a second one. Sam Travers got a shot off and Emma Bozek tipped it in at the 2:36 mark to make it a 1-0 game.
UNC took a 2-0 lead on its fifth corner with 23:30 to play in the half. Charlotte Craddock scored her fifth goal of the year with assists by Emily Wold and Janne Grove. On the very next attempt, the Heels scored again, as Craddock fired a shot to the left corner and Loren Shealy deflected it in with just under 20 minutes to play in the first half.
In the second half, the Eagles took advantage of their penalty corner opportunities, scoring on their first two chances with new goalie Shannon Johnson in the cage. Putting the pressure, BC scored just four minutes into the second frame. On the first corner attempt of the second half, junior midfielder Emma Plasteras inserted to sophomore midfielder Romée Stiekema, who gave it right back to Plasteras on the left post. The team's leading scorer put it in for her 11th goal of the season, making it a 3-1 game.
With 23 minutes to play in the game, senior midfielder Paige Norris's shot was blocked and Craddock took off on the fast break. She got it up field to a teammate, who tried to get a shot off, going one-on-one with sophomore Leah Settipane, but the BC goalie knocked it away with a diving kick. Sophomore back Jordyn Hamilton cleared the ball out of the circle to keep the Heels off the board.
In the 51st minute, the Eagles were awarded their second corner. Plasteras inserted to senior back Hannah Mulvey, who dished it to freshman midfielder Emily McCoy, whose eighth goal of the year cut the UNC lead to one.
The Tar Heels called a timeout and put goalie Sassi Ammer, who played the first half, back in the game.
With just over seven minutes to go in the game, Casey Di Nardo received the ball from Travers went one-on-one with Settipane. Settipane dove, but Di Nardo dodge around her and put the ball in the back of the cage to give the Heels a 4-2 lead.
Lamb pulled Settipane with almost six minutes remaining for an extra field player and with just a minute and a half minutes left, Di Nardo scored on an empty net to make it 5-2.
Settipane recorded four saves in the game, while Ammer had three. The Heels outshot the Eagles by one, 10-9, and the Eagles ended with eight corners to UNC's seven.
The Eagles return home on Wednesday, Oct. 23 with a 6 p.m. matchup against Harvard for the "Stick It To Cancer" game. Donations for the National Foundation for Cancer Research can be made online or at the game.