NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships Set For Norfolk
NORFOLK, Va. – The 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship in Norfolk has been set for Friday, Nov. 22 at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex with Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Connecticut advancing to the national semifinals with the winners to play for a spot in the national title game on Sunday, Nov. 24.
In the first semifinal on Friday, No. 1 Maryland will meet No. 5 Duke at 2:00 p.m. while No. 3 North Carolina takes on No. 4 Connecticut at 4:45 p.m. The winners of each semifinal will meet on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the national championship game.
The Terrapins are the overall No. 1 seed in the 2013 field and are making their sixth straight appearance in the championship round and 17th overall. The champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference defeated American, 4-1. Maryland came back the next day to defeat the defending national champion Princeton Tigers, 3-2 in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Maryland has won five of the last eight NCAA titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and has appeared in four of the last five NCAA title games. Led by senior forward Jill Witmer (19 goals, 8 assists) and sophomore midfielder Anna Dessoye (12 goals, 16 assists).
North Carolina (18-5)
The Tar Heels are the No. 3 seed and are making their 18th championship round appearance. No. 3 North Carolina finished last season as the NCAA Runner-Up and have won the NCAA title in 2007 and 2009. The Tar Heels ousted Delaware in the first round, 6-2, and eliminated No. 13 Wake Forest in the quarterfinals on Sunday, 5-2. This is the fifth consecutive year and the sixth time in the past seven years that North Carolina has advanced to the championship round.
Led by sophomore midfielder Emily Wold (6 goals, 23 assists) and sophomore midfielder Nina Notman (15 goals, 7 assists).
The Blue Devils are the No. 4 seed in the tournament and are making their fifth national semifinal appearance after upending Massachusetts on Sunday, 4-1, to punch their ticket to Norfolk. Duke defeated New Hampshire in the First Round, 6-1 and owns an all-time record of 17-11 in NCAA Tournament action and received bids to the postseason event 11 times in program history with three trips to the championship match (2003, 2004, 2005). Led by Emmie Le Marchard (16 goals, 13 assists) and goalkeeper Lauren Blazing (1.45 GAAvg, .792 save pct.).
The Huskies are the Big East Tournament Champions and the co-champions of the regular season. UConn punched their ticket to the NCAA National Semifinal for the 11th time in program history on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win against Michigan State at Syracuse. Connecticut has won two NCAA titles (1981, 1985). The Huskies began their run with a 2-1 NCAA First Round victory over Boston College. UConn’s all-time NCAA record is 31-22. Led by senior forward Marie Elena Bolles (16 goals, 11 assists) and junior forward Chloe Hunnable (21 goals, 5 assists) who scored for the fourth game in a row. UConn is 14-1 this season when Hunnable scores a goal.
Friday, Nov. 22
(1) Maryland vs. (4) Duke – 2:00 p.m.
(3) North Carolina vs. Connecticut – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24
Maryland/Duke winner vs. North Carolina/Connecticut winner – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for the NCAA national championship tournament for $25, which includes admission to the Division I games at ODU, and the Division II and III semifinal games on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Single session tickets are $20 and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance for only $10 per day by calling 757-683-4444 or visit www.ncaa.com/tickets