Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The North Carolina field hockey team defeated Wake Forest 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Kentner Stadium to earn the program's 14th appearance in the final four, to be played next weekend in Winston-Salem. No. 3 UNC improved to 18-2 with the win, the team's third of the season against No. 7 Wake Forest (13-7).

In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Tar Heels went ahead for good in the sixth minute of play. On the team's first penalty corner of the game and only one of the first half, senior Melanie Brill's initial shot was saved, but freshman Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany got her stick on the rebound and sent the ball into the cage from the right side to put UNC up 1-0.

In the 16th minute, another freshman put UNC ahead 2-0 as Kelsey Kolojejchick rolled a shot into the cage from the top of the circle for her 15th goal of the year.

Wake Forest scored its only goal on a penalty corner with no time remaining on the first half clock. Aileen Davis' shot, assisted by Melissa Martin, pulled the Demon Deacons within one.

UNC answered early in the second half, however. Less than three minutes into the period, junior Katelyn Falgowski got a takeaway on the right side of the circle and sent a pass in to senior Danielle Forword, whose shot put Carolina up 3-1.

The Tar Heels' final goal came in the 52nd minute. After the UNC defense managed to keep Wake Forest from scoring on three consecutive penalty corners, junior Elizabeth Drazdowski got the ball just to the right of the goal on the counterattack. She spun and shot to give Carolina its final 4-1 lead, the same margin by which UNC won its first round game over Ohio State on Saturday.

UNC junior Jackie Kintzer made six saves for the Tar Heels. Wake Forest led in shots (13-8) and penalty corners (7-3) for the day.

The NCAA semifinal games are set for Friday at Wake Forest's Kentner Stadium, with all four seeded team advancing through the first two rounds. Top-seeded Maryland will face No. 4 Princeton at 2 p.m. and third-seeded UNC will take on second-seeded Virginia at 4:30. The national championship game is scheduled for noon next Sunday, Nov. 22.

No. 3 North Carolina 4, No. 7 Wake Forest 1
Scoring: UNC - Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, 5:46; UNC - Kelsey Kolojejchick, 15:21; WFU - Aileen Davis (Melissa Martin), 35:00; UNC - Danielle Forword (Katelyn Falgowski), 37:35; UNC - Elizabeth Drazdowski, 51:48
Shots: UNC 8 (3/5), WFU 13 (6/7)
Penalty corners: UNC 3 (1/2); WFU 7 (2/5)
Goalkeeper saves: UNC 6 (Jackie Kintzer, 6, 70:00); WFU 3 (Kaitlyn Ruhf, 3, 70:00)
Records: UNC 18-2, WFU 13-7

UNC starters: Jackie Kintzer, Illse Davids, Riley Foster, Melanie Brill, Kelsey Kolojejchick, Elizabeth Drazdowski, Caitlin Van Sickle, Meghan Dawson, Danielle Forword, Katelyn Falgowski, Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany UNC substitutes: Charlotte Verstraten, Elizabeth Stephens, Jen Slocum