UNC edges Duke to cap big weekend
Sophomore Eva van’t Hoog scored twice in just over three minutes, tying the score then giving UNC the lead for good in a 3-2 field hockey win over No. 2 Duke Sunday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium.
Duke, who got goals from Aisling Naughton and Ashley Kristen, was handed its first loss of the season after jumping out to the best start in program history at 8-0.
The win completed a stellar stretch for the fifth-ranked Tar Heels, who in consecutive games knocked off the top two teams in the national rankings, both of which arrived at Henry Stadium undefeated. North Carolina (8-2) beat No. 1 Syracuse 3-2 in double overtime on Friday night.
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“I’m incredibly proud of our team – it was a terrific weekend,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “To put together two big games like this was a huge confidence booster. I can’t remember a time when we’ve played No. 1 and No. 2 back to back. I told the team that this was an incredible opportunity, and they took the opportunity.”
Sunday’s game was a nonconference contest for UNC and Duke. The Tobacco Road rivals will face off again later this season, meeting in ACC play Oct. 22 in Durham.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons tallied a season-high six goals, and freshman Nicola Pluta recorded a hat trick in their 6-2 victory over California on Sunday at Kentner Stadium.
UNC: In a hard-fought 110 minutes, Clemson and the host Tar Heels battled to 1-1 tie. Annie Kingman scored in the 24th minute for the Tar Heels, and Clemson got the equalizer in the 32nd minute from Emily Byorth.
Elon: The Phoenix fell behind by three goals in the first 26 minutes and was defeated by James Madison 3-1 on Sunday at Rudd Field.
Duke: The Blue Devils traveled to Blacksburg, Va., and dominated the 18th-ranked Hokies 4-0. Duke improves to 7-2-2 overall and 2-0-1 in league action. The Blue Devils will be off during the incoming week before hosting Syracuse Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.
Wake Forest/N.C. State: The Deacons conceded a pair of second-half goals, falling to N.C. State 2-1 at Dail Soccer Stadium on Sunday. After Sarah Teegarden scored in the first half, the Wolfpack answered with two second-half goals to win.
Duke: In her first collegiate tournament since winning the 2016 NCAA Championship, sophomore Virginia Elena Carta carded a 2-under-par, 70, to lead the Blue Devils on day one of the Annika Intercollegiate at the Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla. Carta is tied for 14th overall on the 6,257-yard, par 72 Watson Course.
Mount Olive: The team climbed two spots in the final round to finish in14th at the Battle at Old South in Hilton Head, S.C. They will hit the links again on October 3 when the Trojans will travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to compete in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate.
UNC: The Tar Heels cruised to a 2-0 match lead, but an hour later they found themselves facing match point at Boston College, down 14-13 in the fifth set. UNC retained its poise and battled to a 21-19 victory to claim its second five-set victory of the week. The win, with set scores of 25-19, 25-17, 19-25, 21-25, 21-19, lifts North Carolina to 10-2 (2-0 ACC), while Boston College falls to 5-7 (0-2 ACC). The 3-2 win over the Eagles maintains the Tar Heels’ perfect record against BC, as UNC improved to a flawless 20-0 all time against the ACC foe.
N.C. State: First-year coach Linda Hampton-Keith picked up her first ACC victory Sunday, as the host Wolfpack (8-6, 1-1 ACC) cruised past Syracuse (2-10, 1-1) in straight sets, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20).
Duke: The Blue Devils totaled a season-high 18 blocks en route to its third five-set win of the season, escaping Virginia with a 3-2 (22-25, 32-30, 25-22, 24-26, 15-7) decision Saturday in Memorial Gymnasium. Sophomore middle blocker Leah Meyer collected the first double-double of her career, amassing 12 kills and 11 blocks to pace the Blue Devils. Freshman setter Cindy Meyer also had a double-double, her team-leading seventh, adding 49 assists and 22 digs in the winning effort.
Elon: The host Phoenix bounced back from a loss Friday to claim a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-16, 25-22) over William & Mary on Sunday for its first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season. The Phoenix (14-4, 1-1) was led by a match-high 16 kills from Kam Terry, who finished with a double-double after 13 digs and also had two aces.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack wrapped up the Wolfpack Invitational on Sunday after three days of competition against Princeton, Ole Miss and Oklahoma. In total, the Wolfpack won 23 matches, 16 singles and 7 doubles.
Wake Forest: Emma Davis put a cap on her successful sophomore season debut Sunday by winning Singles Flight 2 of the Furman Fall Classic as the Deacons posted a 7-1 record throughout the final day of the tournament.
Shaw: The men’s and women’s teams completed the Greensboro Invitational on Saturday. The Bears finished ninth in the men’s 8K race, while the Bears completed the women’s 5K race 11th overall at Hagan Stone Park.
Saint Augustine’s: On Saturday, Mylene Cannon and Nikolas Thomas were the school’s top runners at the Greensboro Invitational at Hagan Stone Park. Cannon placed 18th out of 46 Division II female runners with a time of 22:34.1. Thomas placed 30th out of 49 Division II male runners with a time of 33:44.6.
Elon: Keeper Matthew Jegier tied his career-high with seven saves as the Phoenix fought James Madison to a scoreless draw on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at Sentara Park.
Campbell: Edward Fulwood cut Gardner-Webb’s 2-0 advantage in half with a goal in the 60th minute, but the Camels couldn’t find the equalizer as the Bulldogs held on for a 2-1 victory in both team’s Big South Conference opener on Saturday.
Elon: An impressive defensive effort and the first career 100-yard rushing game for Malcolm Summers lifted the Phoenix to a 27-10 victory over William & Mary at Zable Stadium on Saturday night.
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