Sept. 19, 2009

Courtesy of North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior captain Danielle Forword scored twice on penalty corners as the second-ranked North Carolina field hockey team beat visiting Old Dominion 4-0 Friday evening at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels improved to 8-0 on the season with their fifth consecutive shutout, while No. 15 ODU fell to 2-5 with its fifth straight loss to a top-10 team.

"I was very pleased with the team effort, the unselfish play and the hard work," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "I thought we pressured the ball very well and forced a lot of errors and turnovers. I'm just proud of the group for playing as well as they did."

Forword's first goal, which proved to be the gamewinner, came in the seventh minute of play on UNC's second penalty corner of the night. The goal was the fifth of the season for the forward from East London, South Africa.

Carolina went up 2-0 in the 19th minute on a goal by freshman Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany. After junior Elizabeth Drazdowski sent a hard ball from the top of the circle toward the goal, the forward from Lawrenceville, N.J., tipped it into the cage for her sixth score of the year.

"We had a very quick start and that was one of our goals going into the game," Shelton said. "I was really pleased with our speed and our ball control in the first half. To get a goal relatively early was something we wanted to do and I think it helped our momentum throughout the course of the game."

Midway through the second half, the Tar Heels scored on back-to-back penalty corners. In the 55th minute, senior Melanie Brill took a pair of shots, the first of which was saved by ODU keeper Kelly Driscoll and the second of which was blocked by another player. Freshman Kelsey Kolojejchick, a midfielder from Larksville, Pa., grabbed the loose ball in front of the cage and sent it in to put UNC up 3-0 with her ninth goal of the year.

Forword's second goal came just over a minute later, again on a direct shot assisted by senior Riley Foster on the push-out and junior Katelyn Falgowski on the stick stop.

On the night, UNC outshot Old Dominion 24-2, with 18 of Carolina's shots coming in the second half. Driscoll finished with 13 saves for the Lady Monarchs. Junior goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer played the entire game for UNC, making one save and thwarting several other ODU opportunities. The Tar Heels led 11-1 on corners. Next up for Carolina is a Sunday game against Longwood. UNC hosts the Lancers at 1 p.m. for the third match in a four-game homestretch.

No. 2 North Carolina 4, No. 15 Old Dominion 0
Scoring: UNC - Danielle Forword ( Riley Foster, Katelyn Falgowski), 6:28; UNC - Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany (Elizabeth Drazdowski), 16:44; UNC - Kelsey Kolojejchick, 54:34; UNC - Forword (Foster, Falgowski), 55:44
Shots: UNC 24 (6/18); ODU 2 (1/1)
Penalty corners: UNC 11 (4/7); ODU 1 (0/1)
Goalkeeper saves: UNC 1 (Jackie Kintzer, 1, 70:00); ODU 13 (Kelly Driscoll, 13, 70:00)
Records: UNC 8-0, Old Dominion 2-5

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: Teryn Brill, Charlotte Verstraten, Taryn Gjurich, Katie Ardrey, Katie Plyler, Kelsey Brinkman, Elizabeth Stephens, Jen Slocum, Casey Burns, Louise McNutt, Brianna O'Donnell