Photo courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications

NEWTON, Mass.– The No. 3 ranked UNC field hockey team pulled out a 3-2 victory over Wake Forest to advance to the ACC Tournament semifinals Thursday.

Carolina improved to 15-4 on the season while Wake Forest dropped to 11-8 on the year.

The game was played in steady rain at Boston College’s Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex, and the Tar Heels stepped up big time in the second half by not allowing a single shot from the Demon Deacons.

“I’m really happy to have advanced,” UNC coach Karen Shelton says. “Credit goes to Wake Forest – they really played well. I was proud that we did not allow a shot in the second half, or a penalty corner. That was the key to the game.”

Next up for the Tar Heels is a semifinal date with No. 2 Syracuse Friday at 3:30 p.m.