Northwestern upsets New Hampshire
Roundup: Maryland, Connecticut both hold opponents scoreless
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In a back-and-forth tussle between two physical opponents, Northwestern emerged victorious against New Hampshire in Louisville, Ky., edging out the Wildcats in blue by a 5-4 margin.
New Hampshire entered the contest as one of two undefeated teams in the country (No. 1 Old Dominion being the other), but ended the day with its first loss -- the second time this season Northwestern has given a top-11 opponent its first loss (No. 11 California was 5-0 before playing the Wildcats).
Both Claire Thompson and Maria Kovalchuk scored two goals en route to the biggest win for the 'Cats since defeating No. 6 Ohio State on Sept. 24, 2010. This is the second time this season that Northwestern has beat a top-10 team (the first was No. 8 American in College Park, Md.) and the fourth time toppling a top-20 opponent.
No. 2 North Carolina 1, No. 10 Duke 0 2OT -- Full Recap
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Senior Elizabeth Stephens scored 27 seconds into the second overtime period to give the North Carolina field hockey team a 1-0 win against visiting Duke Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The second-ranked Tar Heels improved to 8-1 on the year and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the win in their ACC opener. Duke, ranked No. 9, fell to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in ACC play.
The victory gives UNC a point in the Battle of the Blues, presented by Continental Tire, which is the annual competition between 23 varsity sports fielded by both schools.
The teams battled through 85 minutes of scoreless play, contested mostly in a steady rain, before Stephens' goal gave the Tar Heels the victory. North Carolina started the second of the 15-minute, seven-on-seven overtime periods a player down after junior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany received a yellow card late in the first period and had to sit for five minutes. So Carolina began play with just six players -- five in the field and goalkeeper Sassi Ammer.
No. 3 Maryland 5, Wake Forest 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland notched its 100th win at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex Saturday with a dominating 5-0 victory against ACC opponent Wake Forest .
Junior co-captain Megan Frazer and sophomore Jill Witmer each scored twice in the win. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Melissa Vassalotti notched five saves on the day.
The Terps are now 100-9 all-time at the Complex and (.917) and are currently on a 36-game home win streak.
Frazer put Maryland on the board just under eight minutes into the game. After a penalty corner, Frazer knocked in the goal off of senior co-captain Jemma Buckley's saved shot.
In the 31st minute, freshman Katie Gerzabek added the Terrapins' second goal. She drove into the circle and scored to put Maryland up 2-0 before the break.
Frazer pushed the score to 3-0 Maryland when she hit in a shot just 40 seconds into the second half. Witmer scored the Terps' fourth goal in the 38th minute when she tipped in a pass from Gerzabek on a corner setup.
Witmer added Maryland's fifth goal in the 47th minute when she brought the ball all the way up the field and scored on a hard shot from the top of the circle into the right corner of the back of the cage. Wake Forest changed goalkeepers to Letitia Nichols after the Terps' fifth goal.
No. 4 Connecticut 4, Providence 0
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Freshman Chloe Hunnable led Connecticut to a 4-0 shutout against Providence on Saturday afternoon to improve the Huskies record to 7-1 and 2-0 in the Big East.
The Huskies didn't hesitate to jumpstart their offense with sophomore forward Anne Jeute recording UConn's first goal of the day just 3:13 minutes into the game. The 1-0 lead came when Jeute picked up a loose ball off of a pass in the middle of the circle and drilled the ball into the net.
Jeute was assisted by sophomore Marie Elena Bolles who would conclude the afternoon with three assists.
Hunnable would dominate the field the rest of the game as she went on to record a new career high scoring three goals for the Huskies. She now leads UConn in points (16) and goals (7).
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.