Karen Shelton

UNC Field Hockey Crushes Davidson, Wins 10-0

Fans who like scoring were treated to plenty of it Tuesday night in Durham, as the seventh-ranked UNC field hockey team put on an absolute clinic in its 10-0 shutout victory over the Davidson Wildcats. Sophomore Catherine Hayden notched her first career hat trick for the Tar Heels, who won their third straight game at their temporary home away from home–Duke’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Hayden’s phenomenal performance was supplemented by two goals from Ashley Hoffman, while five other UNC players each added a goal themselves. The list of other goal scorers includes: Marissa Creatore, Malin Evert,...

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Field Hockey: UNC Shuts Out James Madison, Wins Fourth Game Against Ranked Opponents

Playing its second straight game at its temporary home away from home–Duke’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium–the seventh-ranked UNC field hockey team looked quite comfortable on Sunday. The Tar Heels picked up their fourth win over a ranked opponent in 2017, as they shut out No. 13 James Madison by a score of 3-0. Eva Van’t Hoog scored in the third minute of the game to give UNC (6-2) an early lead, which proved to be more than enough as the proceedings wore on. Megan Duvernois and Catherine Hayden each added tallies in the first half for the...

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Ashley Hoffman Delivers OT Game-Winner for UNC Field Hockey in Win Over Boston College

The seventh-ranked UNC field hockey team used an overtime goal from Ashley Hoffman to defeat the No. 10 Boston College Eagles by a score of 2-1 Saturday afternoon in Durham. Playing at Duke’s Williams Field–the Tar Heels’ unofficial home away from home this season while Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill is under construction–Hoffman’s late tally helped the team salvage a game it nearly let slip away. Eva Smolenaars found the back of the net for UNC (5-2, 1-1 ACC) in the third minute, and the Tar Heels led for nearly the entire game. Boston College (5-2, 0-2 ACC) was...

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UNC Field Hockey Dominates Appalachian State on the Road

Despite suffering a tough loss to Wake Forest on Friday in its ACC opener, the fourth-ranked UNC field hockey team responded well on Sunday–traveling to Boone and knocking off Appalachian State by a score of 6-1. The Tar Heels (4-2) received a pair of goals from Ashley Hoffman, while Meredith Sholder, Gab Major, Kathryn Holland and Catherine Hayden also chipped in a goal apiece. Hoffman put UNC ahead with a penalty corner just over seven minutes into the game. From there, the Tar Heels eventually opened up a 6-0 lead before Appalachian State (2-4) finally got on the board...

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UNC Field Hockey Earns Road Win at Penn

Despite dropping its season opener to Michigan last weekend, the top-ranked UNC field hockey team has responded about as well as it possibly could. The Tar Heels pulled out their third consecutive win on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Penn, which was also the team’s third straight win on the road. Freshman Meredith Sholder tipped in a pass from teammate Marissa Creatore in the 19th minute to open up scoring for UNC. Then, just 21 seconds later, the Tar Heels added another tally when Creatore’s shot from the top of the arc beat Penn goalie Liz Mata. UNC...

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Top-Ranked UNC Field Hockey Knocks Off No. 8 Princeton

In a battle between two of the nation’s top 10 field hockey teams, the top-ranked Tar Heels went on the road and pulled out a 2-0 shutout victory over the No. 8 Princeton Tigers on Friday. Freshman Meredith Sholder scored just over three minutes into the action to give UNC an early lead, while Gab Major added another tally in the second half to serve as insurance. The Tar Heel defense held strong throughout the night–including a diving stop by goalkeeper Amanda Hendry on Princeton’s penalty stroke attempt–as the team improved to 2-1 in 2017. It was the first...

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Top-Ranked UNC Field Hockey Knocks Off No. 17 Iowa Following Season-Opening Loss

Kicking off the season with a pair of top-25 matchups as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this weekend, the top-ranked UNC field hockey team didn’t start its season quite the way it had hoped. Saturday saw the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (2-0) upset the Tar Heels by a score of 3-2 in the first game of the 2017 campaign, but head coach Karen Shelton and company regrouped for a 3-0 shutout win over No. 17 Iowa on Sunday. UNC (1-1) rattled off all three of its goals against Iowa (0-2)–which was hosting the two-day event at Grant Field...

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Pair of Tar Heels Chosen to Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team

Two Tar Heels were included on the Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey team–which was released by the league on Tuesday. Selected by the conference’s seven head coaches–a group which also picked UNC as the favorite to win the league–the All-ACC team is made up of just 11 players. Junior midfielders Ashley Hoffman and Eva Van’t Hoog are the representatives from head coach Karen Shelton’s squad this season. The pair joins a stacked roster which includes seven players who were named All-Americans last season–including Virginia midfielder Tara Vittese, the National Player of the Year. Hoffman tied for UNC’s team lead with...

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UNC Field Hockey Defeats UCONN in OT Thriller, Moves on to NCAA Finals

Making their eighth straight appearance in the Field Hockey Final Four, No. 4 UNC showed it has much bigger goals on Friday than just sticking to the normal routine. Playing in Norfolk, Virginia, the Tar Heels received an overtime goal from star forward Lauren Moyer to defeat the No. 6 UCONN Huskies 2-1 and officially advance to the NCAA Championship Game on Sunday. Sophomore forward Malin Evert’s pass found Moyer–who leads the team with 23 goals this season–and ended the game in the 81st minute. “We talk about passing the ball and being unselfish and that goal was a...

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Tar Heels Upset No. 2 Maryland, Advance to Eighth Straight Field Hockey Final Four

Head coach Karen Shelton said Saturday after the UNC field hockey team’s NCAA First Round victory that she considered her Tar Heels the underdogs heading into their matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the Quarterfinals. Based on the results, though, it’s tough to imagine this Tar Heel team being underdogs against anyone–as No. 4 UNC defeated the Terrapins 3-0 at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex to advance to its eighth straight Final Four. After posting four shutouts the entire regular season, UNC and senior goalie Shannon Johnson have now posted back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA Tournament on...

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