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.
Duke 2, Syracuse 1 (OT): The sixth-ranked Blue Devils received an early goal from freshman forward Ashley Kristen but were unable to hold off No. 10 Syracuse, falling to the Orange in overtime. Duke (11-5) concluded the ACC portion of its regular season slate with a 2-4 ledger, and will host the 2014 ACC Championship in two weeks as the tournament’s No. 7 seed.
Swimming and diving
Duke: Blue Devils divers claimed the top spot in all four springboard competitions and the swimmers followed suit with strong performances in the pool to send the men’s and women’s teams to a pair of wins over UNC Wilmington in the home opener at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion Saturday. The Blue Devil women (2-0, 1-0 ACC) prevailed over the Seahawks by a 187-108 score while the men (1-1, 0-1 ACC) defeated UNC Wilmington 165-128.
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).
N.C. State: The Wolfpack completed a sweep of Georgia Tech and Florida State in the squad’s ACC opener Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
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.