UNC Field Hockey won its second straight national title on Sunday, defeating the Princeton Tigers 6-1.
The victory meant the No. 1-ranked Tar Heels completed their second straight season with no losses, finishing with a 23-0 record.
Princeton struck first, but Carolina responded with two goals before the end of the half to take a lead into the locker room, with a goal from junior midfielder Eva Smolenaars as the difference. A pair of goals from sophomore forward Erin Mattson in the third quarter increased their score, with goals from Smolenaars and sophomore forward Hannah Griggs in the fourth to put the game away.
✅ Win the national championship
✅ Sing the alma mater
— WCHL & Chapelboro (@WCHLChapelboro) November 24, 2019
Carolina played and defeated Princeton earlier in the season, winning a thriller against the Tigers in September.
The championship is UNC Field Hockey and head coach Karen Shelton’s eighth title. UNC has now won 51 national championships across all sports.
On the season, the Tar Heels outscored their opponents 92-24. Mattson, who is the 2019 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, led the team with 33 total goals.