The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team closed out ACC play Saturday and earned a share of the conference crown with a 3-1 win over No. 11 Wake Forest at Francis E. Henry Stadium. Trailing the Deacons early in the second half, the Tar Heels scored three unanswered goals – two of them within a 33-second span – to finish conference play 4-2 and tie Virginia for the regular-season title.
“I’m very proud of Carolina today,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “Our Tar Heels played a very good, controlled, ball-movement game. I’m thrilled that we were able to get a win against Wake Forest.”
Carolina is now 14-2 overall with two regular season games remaining. The team’s last home game is on Sunday, when UNC will host Pacific and celebrate Senior Day. Game time at Henry Stadium is 1 p.m. and five seniors – Sassi Ammer, Charlotte Craddock, Abby Frey, Loren Shealy and Samantha Travers – will be honored prior to the start.
Swimming and diving
Sophomore diver Cole Plambeck won both the men’s 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events, surpassing the NCAA Zones qualifying standard on the 1-meter board with an award of 300.23. Classmate Kirby Quinn and freshman MaryEllen Targonski also posted Zones qualifying marks for the Duke women, with Quinn taking first on the 3-meter board (310.05) and Targonski collecting the top score in the 1-meter competition (290.18).
The 19th-ranked women’s team earned a 164-131 victory over No. 25 Florida State, while capturing the win against Georgia Tech, 189-106. The Wolfpack women improve to 2-1 on the season, as well as 2-0 in ACC action.
Meanwhile, the N.C. State men captured the victory over the Seminoles, 173-115, while defeating the Yellow Jackets, 161-122. The men’s team improves to 3-0 on the season, including a 2-0 mark in the conference.