Sept. 3, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sophomore Kelsey Kolojejchick scored 12 seconds into the match and the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team never looked back en route to a 5-0 win over sixth-ranked Wake Forest Friday afternoon at Kentner Stadium. Five different players scored for the Tar Heels, who improved to 3-0 on the season and have yet to give up a goal. The Demon Deacons fell to 2-1.

Although the teams are Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, Friday's game does not count toward the conference standings. This year's designed ACC matchup between the two is set for Oct. 2 in Chapel Hill.

Kolojejchick's early gamewinner came after she stole the ball and shot it past Wake goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf. She also played a role in the second score, feeding freshman Sinead Loughran for her first career goal less than seven minutes later.

"We got a couple early and I think it took some of the wind out of Wake Forest's sails," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "They're a team that we respect every much and they did not quit fighting. While the scoreboard might suggest that this was a lopsided game, I don't feel like it particularly was. I thought they fought hard and tough and it required a great effort on our team's part to get the number of goals that we did and to have the result that we did."

UNC increased its lead early in the second half, with junior Elizabeth Stephens scoring on a ball from Kolojejchick in the 40th minute of play. Less than two minutes later, senior Elizabeth Drazdowski made the score 4-0 with an on-target shot from the top of the circle. Carolina's final goal came on a penalty corner in the 51st minute, when sophomore Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany deflected in a ball from junior Meghan Dawson.

"Today everyone just went out and worked really hard," said Drazdowski, who serves as the team's vice captain but has filled the captain's role on field while Katelyn Falgowski is sidelined by the lingering effects of a concussion suffered in preseason. "When a bunch of pretty capable players go out and work really hard, good thing happen. I think we just got in the circle and executed early in the game and it really helped set the tone."

The Tar Heels had 16 shots on the day, eight in each half. Wake Forest finished with three, none of them on-goal.

Next up for North Carolina is a trip to West Chester, Pa., to play in the Vonnie Gros Classic. UNC will take on Villanova on Friday and meet host West Chester on Sunday. Shelton is a West Chester alum and the event honors her collegiate field hockey coach.

No. 1 North Carolina 5, No. 6 Wake Forest 0
Scoring: UNC - Kelsey Kolojejchick, 00:12; UNC - Sinead Loughran (Kelsey Kolojejchick), 6:59; UNC - Elizabeth Stephens (Kelsey Kolojejchick), 39:28; UNC ­- Elizabeth Drazdowski, 41:04; UNC - Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany (Meghan Dawson), 50:20
Shots: UNC 16 (8/8); Wake Forest 3 (2/1)
Penalty corners: UNC 5 (2/3); Wake Forest 3 (2/1)
Goalkeeper saves: UNC 0 (Jackie Kintzer, 70:00); Wake Forest 7 (Kaitlyn Ruhf, 70:00)
Records: UNC 3-0, Wake Forest 2-1