Nov. 18, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. – The 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship in Norfolk has been set for Friday, Nov. 16 at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex with North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse and Maryland advancing to play for a spot in the national title game on Sunday, Nov. 18.
In the first semifinal on Friday, No. 1 North Carolina will meet Syracuse at 2:00 p.m. while No. 2 Princeton takes on Maryland at 4:30 p.m. The winners of each semifinal will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the national championship game.
Friday, Nov. 16 - Semifinals
#1 North Carolina 6, Syracuse 1: Box Score / Quotes / Recap
#2 Princeton 3, Maryland 2 (OT): Box Score / Quotes / Recap
Sunday, Nov. 18 - Championship
#2 Princeton 3, #1 North Carolina 2: Box Score / Quotes / Recap
- Princeton wins first national championship in field hockey
Lauren Brooks (Syracuse)
Megan Frazer (Maryland)
Jill Witmer (Maryland)
Charlotte Craddock (North Carolina)
Caitlin Van Sickle (North Carolina)
Emily Wold (North Carolina)
Kathleen Sharkey (Princeton)
Katie Reinprecht (Princeton)
Julia Reinprecht (Princeton)
Michelle Cesan (Princeton)
Christina Maida (Princeton)
NORTH CAROLINA (22-1)
The Tar Heels are the overall No. 1 seed the in the 2012 field and are making their 17th championship round appearance. The champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference ousted No. 11 Stanford in the first round, 4-1, before eliminating No. 8 Old Dominion in the quarterfinals on Sunday, 3-1. This is the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time in the past six years that North Carolina has advanced to the championship round.
Led by senior midfielder Kelsey Kolojechick (15 goals, 22 assists) and sophomore forward Charlotte Craddock (22 goals, 4 assists), the Tar Heels top the country with 108 goals on the season.
The Orange are making their second appearance in the championship round after upending No. 4 Penn State on the road on Sunday, 5-2, to punch their ticket to Norfolk. Syracuse, the regular season BIG EAST champion, is making its fifth straight NCAA appearance and eighth overall. The Orange doubled up Massachusetts in their NCAA opener, 4-2.
Syracuse handed top-seeded North Carolina its only loss of the season back on Sept. 1 in overtime at home, 1-0. Senior goalkeeper Leann Stiver has posted eight shutouts for the Orange this season.
The second-seeded Tigers have scored more goals than any team so far in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with 10 as they came from behind at No. 7 Virginia on Sunday to pull away with a 5-2 victory and a spot in Norfolk. Princeton shutout No. 15 Drexel in the first round, 5-0, and is making its sixth appearance in the championship round.
The Ivy League champions have yielded just 18 goals all season while scoring 96 for the best scoring margin in the country. Princeton handed Maryland a 3-2 loss at home back on Oct. 2 in the regular season in a comeback victory. Senior forward Kathleen Sharkey (35 goals, 9 assists) powers the offense along with senior midfielder Katie Reinprecht (9 goals, 18 assists).
The Terps are attempting to become the first team to earn three consecutive national championships since Wake Forest did it from 2002-04 after earning a thrilling win late over No. 3 Connecticut on the road on Sunday, 2-1. Maryland earns their fifth straight appearance in the championship round and 16th overall. In their NCAA opener, the defending champs eliminated Lafayette, 2-0.
Maryland has won five of the last seven NCAA titles (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and has appeared in four straight NCAA title games. Led by junior forward Jill Witmer (14 goals, 10 assists) and sophomore forward Katie Gerzabek (10 goals, 10 assists), both players have recorded double-digit goals and assists this season.
Friday, Nov. 16
(1) North Carolina 6, Syracuse 1 (FINAL)
(2) Princeton 3, Maryland 2 OT (FINAL)
Sunday, Nov. 18
(2) Princeton 3, (1) North Carolina 2 (FINAL)
Tickets for the NCAA Field Hockey Championships are $20 for all sessions for adults and $15 for children, or $15 and $10 per day. To order, visit www.ncaa.com/tickets or call 757-683-4444.
In addition to the NCAA Championships, Old Dominion will also host the NFHCA Senior All-Stars vs. the U.S. National team on Saturday at 3 p.m. Admission to the event is free of charge.