No. 2 UNC downs No. 1 ODU
Van Sickle scores overtime goal to lead Tar Heels past Monarchs
NORFOLK, Va. -- Junior Caitlin Van Sickle scored on a pass from senior Katelyn Falgowksi less than two minutes into overtime to give No. 2 North Carolina a 3-2 win against No. 1 Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at Powhatan Field in the regular-season finale for both teams. UNC ends the regular season 18-1, while ODU is 18-2.
The Tar Heel victory avenged the team's only loss of the season, a 3-1 decision to ODU in Chapel Hill on Sept. 16.
After helping the U.S. to the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Mexico on Friday, Fagowski flew back Saturday to meet the team and started for the Tar Heels on Sunday. Her assist on the gamewinner was the 58th of her career, tying the UNC mark set by Joy Driscoll from 1994-97.
The Lady Monarchs scored first, in the 10th minute of play, when Kathryn Kirk tallied a goal off an assist from Emma Batten on a breakaway. The score sat at 1-0 through the rest of the first half.
Carolina finally answered in the 45th minute of play when the Tar Heels converted a penalty corner, the team's first of the second half. Senior Teryn Brill stopped the ball then passed it to Van Sickle, who blasted a shot that was tipped in by senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany to tie the score at 1-1.
Just over three minutes later, ODU scored on its own penalty corner to take the lead again at 2-1. In the 61st minute, UNC evened the score at two on a give-and-go from senior Elizabeth Stephens to junior Kelsey Kolojejchick, who put the ball in from the left side of the cage.
The game went into overtime at 2-2, but UNC scored quickly -- on its second corner of the extra period to capture the victory.