CHAPEL HILL — With goals from four different players, the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team beat No. 11 Stanford 4-1 Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium to extend its season by another game and advance to the second round of NCAA Tournament play.
The Tar Heels (21-1) will return to the Henry Stadium turf Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on No. 8 Old Dominion, a 6-1 winner over No. 9 Michigan in Saturday’s second game at Henry Stadium.
UNC is the top overall seed in the field. The Tar Heels have advanced to the NCAA championship game in each of the past three years and four of the last five. Sophomore Charlotte Craddock opened the Tar Heel scoring in the ninth minute, sending a hard shot into the cage from the top of the circle to put UNC up for good. The goal was her team-high 21st of the season.
Carolina went up 2-0 in the 28th minute on a goal by freshman Emma Bozek, who sent a ball across the cage and past Stanford keeper Dulcie Davies for her sixth goal of the season. The Tar Heels made the lead 3-0 early in the second half on a goal by senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, who got her 10th score of the year on a pass from senior Kelsey Kolojejchick, who leads the nation in assists.
UNC added one more goal in the closing minutes, when Bozek sent a cross from the right side and junior Sinead Loughran deflected it in. For the game, UNC led 16-10 in shots and 6-4 in corners. Davies made four saves for Stanford, and sophomore goalkeeper Sassi Ammer had four for Carolina.
Duke men: The Blue Devils earned a berth to the NCAA Cross Country Championships next Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The Blue Devils join the 10th-ranked women’s team at the NCAA Championships after finishing fifth Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Matthews.
Georgia Tech 3, N.C. State1 : N.C. State fell behind in the first two sets against Georgia Tech and could not bounce back in a four set loss to the Yellow Jackets at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack (20-8, 10-7) was led by junior Brie Merriwether’s 15 kills and seven blocks and sophomore Alesha Wilson’s 12 kills.
UNC 3, Clemson 1: Carolina topped Clemson (25-19, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23), improving to 22-5 (13-4) after a 1-1 split on the road this weekend. The Tar Heels had four players in double-digit kills and three with double-digit digs, led by senior Emily McGee who tallied 10 kills and 19 digs, and freshman Paige Neuenfeldt and sophomore Lauren Adkins who had 13 kills and two blocks apiece.