CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina field hockey team earned its fourth final four ticket in as many years Sunday, beating No. 8 Old Dominion 3-1 at Francis E. Henry Stadium to advance to the NCAA semifinals in Norfolk, Va. UNC (22-1) will face Syracuse at 2 p.m. Friday with the winner moving on to next Sunday’s final.
On Sunday, Carolina went up early and held the lead throughout. In the sixth minute, sophomore Charlotte Craddock had a give and take pass to freshman Emily Wold, then deflected the ball past keeper Marla Petriello from the side of the cage. The goal was Craddock’s team-high 22nd of the season and what proved to be her fifth gamewinner.
Duke: Senior Mary Clayton and junior Marianne Jodoin concluded the fall season by winning the finals of their respective brackets at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils tallied a 10-2 singles record this weekend, as well as a 2-1 slate in doubles action.
ECU: Kelly Derby led East Carolina with 14 kills in the Pirates’ 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-19, 25-14) conference victory over Tulane at Minges Coliseum. The win marks ECU’s first conference victory since Nov. 24, 2010 when the Pirates edged Marshall in five sets.
Derby was outstanding on Senior Day as she hit a team-best .591 in the match.
N.C. State: All-American Nick Gwiazdowski won the 285 weight class for the seconds straight week, and junior Nijel Jones took second place at 165 in a full day of action at the Wolfpack Open in Reynolds Coliseum.
Gwiazdowski recorded three pins in his first four matches of the day to reach the finals.
Duke: Redshirt freshman Conner Hartmann continued his stellar start to the season with a third-place finish at the Michigan State Open. The Blue Devils faced arguably their toughest tests of the year against a challenging field that featured five top 25 teams.
Hartmann, fresh off of winning the Hokie Open at 197 pounds, started the day with a 9-5 decision over Michigan State’s Nick McDiarmid. He fought his way past Jackson Lewis of Central Michigan 4-1 before meeting Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State in the semifinals.
Up against the 2012 NCAA qualifier with a berth in the title bout on the line, Hartmann battled hard, but came up short in an 8-2 decision. Hartmann rebounded with a commanding 10-3 decision to advance to the consolation bracket championship.