Karen Shelton

NCAA Field Hockey Final Four: Top-Ranked UCONN Slips Past UNC in Penalty Shootout

Two overtimes weren’t enough to decide Friday’s NCAA field hockey Semifinal in Louisville between UNC and top-ranked UCONN, as the Tar Heels tied the game at 1-1 late in regulation before ultimately falling to the Huskies in a penalty shootout. Much like in the overtime periods, neither team could break through on offense in the first half. UCONN (22-0) struck first after the halftime break when Charlotte Veitner took advantage of a penalty corner in the 41st minute to net her 32nd goal of the season. In a game where the Huskies’ goalie, Nina Klein, made a career-high 13...

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UNC Field Hockey Drops Princeton, Heading to Ninth Straight NCAA Final Four

One of the more impressive streaks in all of college sports continued on Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the sixth-ranked UNC field hockey team defeated No. 11 Princeton 3-2 to advance to its ninth consective NCAA Final Four–and 22nd in program history. It was a hard-fought back-and-forth affair that saw the teams alternate goals until time finally ran out. Eva Van’t Hoog scored in the 19th minute to put the Tar Heels ahead, but Princeton responded right before the halftime whistle to even things up at the break. In the second half, UNC (18-4) took the lead back...

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UNC Dominates St. Joseph’s to Advance to NCAA Field Hockey Quarterfinals

A pair of goals from Gab Major led the way for the sixth-ranked UNC field hockey team on Saturday, as the Tar Heels cruised to a spot in the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory over No. 15 St. Joseph’s–a program making its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Eva Van’t Hoog opened scoring for UNC (17-4) in the 10th minute, while Major took advantage of a rebound and a loose ball to score both of her goals before the halftime whistle–with the scores coming just over a minute apart. “I thought Gab played great in those critical moments to...

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Tar Heels Shut Out Louisville to Take Home ACC Field Hockey Crown

A lone goal from Malin Evert was enough to give the fifth-seeded UNC field hockey team a 1-0 victory on Sunday over the No. 3 seed Louisville Cardinals in Louisville–delivering an ACC Tournament Championship to Chapel Hill. Evert’s goal came midway through the first half off a penalty corner attempt, and proved to be all the Tar Heels (16-4) would need to avenge one of their four losses. After beating UNC 3-2 earlier in the year, Louisville was held to just four shots in this game by a motivated Tar Heel defense. Defender Ashley Hoffman was named the Tournament...

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UNC Rolls Past Top-Seeded Virginia in ACC Field Hockey Semifinals

For the second time this season, the UNC field hockey team shut out one of the nation’s most fearsome offenses–as the Tar Heels cruised to a 4-0 victory in Louisville over the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, a game that was part of Friday’s ACC Tournament Semifinals. Four different players–Eef Andriessen, Malin Evert, Meredith Sholder and Catherine Hayden–contributed to the UNC offense, while goalkeeper Amanda Hendry made a career-high 10 saves. Hendry’s effort helped the Tar Heels win going away, despite the fact that Virginia tallied 19 shots compared to just 14 for UNC. The win sends the Tar Heels (15-4)...

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Ashley Hoffman Selected as ACC Field Hockey Defender of the Year

The ACC announced Wednesday its annual field hockey award winners, with UNC junior Ashley Hoffman chosen as the league’s Defender of the Year. Hoffman was also named to the All-ACC First Team alongside teammate Eva Van’t Hoog–while fellow Tar Heel Malin Evert earned a slot on the All-ACC Second Team. A former midfielder who converted to center back before this season, Hoffman becomes the fourth UNC player to earn ACC Defender of the Year honors. She follows in the footsteps of last year’s winner–former teammate Julia Young–as she is also a member of the U.S. National Team. “We asked...

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Evert’s Four Goals Lead UNC Field Hockey to Win Over Liberty in Regular Season Finale

Malin Evert scored a career-high four goals on Sunday afternoon, as the sixth-ranked UNC field hockey team picked up a 6-4 road victory over the Liberty Flames in its regular season finale. Freshman Meredith Sholder chipped in the other two goals for the Tar Heels (13-4), who racked up a 22-7 advantage in shots on goal. Three of Evert’s four goals came in the first 23 minutes. This was part of a 4-0 UNC run early in the game, one that ultimately dug a hole too deep for Liberty to climb out of. The Flames (7-10) got on the...

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UNC Field Hockey Comes Up Short Against No. 2 Duke

A heavyweight battle between two of the nation’s top field hockey teams didn’t go quite as planned for head coach Karen Shelton and the fifth-ranked Tar Heels on Friday night in Durham. UNC came up just short in its comeback bid against No. 2 Duke, falling by a score of 3-2. Alyssa Chillano scored a pair of goals on penalty corners in the first half to give the Blue Devils an early lead, which they were able to hang onto throughout the night. It was just the second time all year UNC trailed at halftime. Eef Andriessen got the...

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No. 11 Louisville Snaps UNC Field Hockey’s Eight-Game Win Streak

Two of the nation’s hottest field hockey teams met Saturday afternoon in Durham, with the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals taking a hard-fought 3-2 victory over No. 5 UNC. It was the first loss in the last nine outings for the Tar Heels, who received goals from Malin Evert and Feline Guenther. Guenther’s goal came in the second half, and tied the game at 2-2–but Louisville responded just two minutes later when Taylor Stone carried the ball into the center circle and fired it into the back of the net. The Cardinals (11-4, 4-1 ACC) have now won seven games...

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UNC Field Hockey Blanks No. 3 Virginia

Four different players scored goals for the sixth-ranked UNC field hockey team on Friday night in Charlottesville, as the Tar Heels picked up a huge 4-0 shutout victory over the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers. Ashley Hoffman opened the scoring for UNC just before halftime, but it was in the second half where most of the damage was done. The Tar Heels (11-2, 3-1 ACC) racked up 17 of their 22 shots after the break, while also receiving goals from Catherine Hayden, Marissa Creatore and Feline Guenther. Perhaps the most shocking part of the result, though, is that Virginia (10-2,...

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