After almost 79 minutes of play Thursday, North Carolina’s Nina Notman sent a penalty stroke into the lower left corner of the cage to give the top-ranked Tar Heels a 2-1 overtime victory over Duke in the ACC field hockey quarterfinals. North Carolina (17-2) advances to Friday’s 3:30 p.m. semifinal against the winner of the game between third-seeded Boston College and sixth-seeded Syracuse. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Tar Heels (17-2) received the penalty stroke after calling for a video review, which isn’t used during the regular season but is in place for the tournament. During the ninth minute of overtime, Emily Wold was fouled in the circle, and North Carolina requested a review of the play. The officials awarded the Tar Heels a stroke. Notman’s game-winner was her 11th goal of the year.
The Blue Devils (12-6) scored during the 40th minute. Jessica Buttinger sent a cross from the left side and Ashley Kristen tapped it in from the far post for her fourth goal of the year and a 1-0 Duke lead.
North Carolina tied the score in the 47th minute on its first penalty corner of the second half and second of the game. Samantha Travers took the initial shot and Emma Bozek tipped the ball up and into the cage to tie the score.
Duke: Ross Martin is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, an honor presented annually to the top kicker in the nation by the Palm Beach (Fla.) County Sports Commission. He ranks fifth in the ACC in points per game (8.50) and is the only kicker in the conference to have made 10 or more field goals without a miss. The winner will be announced Dec. 11.
• Senior linebacker David Helton and redshirt sophomore defensive back DeVon Edwards were named to the Capital One Academic All-District III first team, according to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Helton has a 3.64 GPA as a psychology major. Edwards owns a 3.40 GPA as a psychology major.
East Carolina: Sophomore receiver Isaiah Jones, who ranks second on the team in receptions (55) and receiving yards (575), was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III first team. A communications major, he has a 3.58 GPA. By making the first team, Jones is eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors.
North Carolina: Forward Megan Buckingham received the nod as ACC Freshman of the Year as voted upon by the ACC’s 14 head coaches. She is the sixth Tar Heel to win the award but the the first since Lindsay Tarpley in 2002. Buckingham is tied for the team lead in goals with four and ranks fifth in points with eight.
The Tar Heels also put defenders Katie Bowen and Satara Murray on the all-conference first team.
Duke: Sophomores Christina Gibbons and Toni Payne were named second team All-ACC, and Ashton Miller and Imani Dorsey earned All-ACC freshman team accolades.
Coach of the Year: Mark Krikorian, Florida State; Offensive Player of the Year: Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State; Midfielder of the Year: Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia; Defensive Player of the Year: Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State; Freshman of the Year: Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina
First Team: Stephanie McCaffrey, Sr., F, Boston College; Kailen Sheridan, So., GK, Clemson; Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State; Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State; Katie Bowen, Jr., D, North Carolina; Satara Murray, Sr., D, North Carolina; Cari Roccaro, Jr., M, Notre Dame; Morgan Brian, Sr., M, Virginia; Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia; Makenzy Doniak, Jr., F, Virginia; Murielle Tiernan, So., F, Virginia Tech
Second Team: Hayley Dowd, So., F, Boston College; Catrina Atanda, So., M, Clemson; Christina Gibbons, So., M, Duke; Toni Payne, So., M, Duke; Jamia Fields, Sr., M, Florida State; Cassie Miller, Fr., GK, Florida State; Joanna Boyles, So., M, North Carolina; Morgan Andrews, So., M, Notre Dame; Katie Naughton, Jr., D, Notre Dame; Emily Sonnett, Jr., D, Virginia; Ashley Meier, Jr., M, Virginia Tech
Third Team: Gabby Byorth, So., D, Clemson; Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, So., F, Florida State; Isabella Schmid, Jr., M, Florida State; Emily Bruder, So., F, North Carolina; Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina; Lauren Bohaboy, Sr., F, Notre Dame; Kaela Little, So., GK, Notre Dame; Brittany Ratcliffe, Jr., F, Virginia; Candace Cephers, So., M, Virginia Tech; Jordan Coburn, Jr., D, Virginia Tech; Shannon Mayrose, GS, F, Virginia Tech
All-Freshman Team: Allyson Swaby, Fr., D, Boston College; Ashton Miller, Fr., M, Duke; Salma Anastasio, Fr., F, Clemson; Shannon Horgan, Fr., F, Clemson; Imani Dorsey, Fr., F, Duke; Emma Koivisto, Fr., D, Florida State; Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina; Jessie Scarpa, Fr., D, North Carolina; Sabrina Flores, Fr., D, Notre Dame; Courtney Brosnan, Fr., GK, Syracuse; Madi Conyers, Fr., M, Virginia Tech
North Carolina: Paige Neuenfeldt, a middle blocker, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III team, CoSIDA announced. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Duke: Senior setter Kelsey Williams garnered first team Capital One Academic All-District III honors. A psychology major, Williams averages 11.53 assists per game to lead the ACC and rank 11th in the country.
Meredith: Karlie Long, Elizabeth Pattison and Hannah Blaylock earned All-USA South accolades, and Jasmine Aguinaldo was given the team's all-sportsmanship honor. The Avenging Angels won the North Division regular-season title with a conference mark of 16-3 and 24-7 overall. Meredith will play William Peace at 5 p.m. Friday in the USA South quarterfinals.
Duke: In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s College Golf rankings, the Blue Devils are fourth nationally and two of their golfers are among the top 10 of the individual ranking. Freshman Leona Maguire is No. 3 and junior Celine Boutier is No. 10 through the Wednesday listing.
Duke: Jason Tahir opened the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing, N.Y., with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Denver’s Henry Craig that moved Tahir into Friday’s Round of 16. He is the fourth player in Blue Devils player to get this far at the indoor championship, joining Ludovic Walter (2003 and 2005), Reid Carleton (2010) and Henrique Cunha (2010, 2011 and 2012). Tahir will face Oklahoma’s Axel Alvarez Llamas, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, on Friday.
N.C. State: Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster dropped a 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6) decision to Columbia’s Richard Pham and Mike Vermeer in the opening round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.