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ODU's Kelsey Smither

Old Dominion Falls in NCAA Field Hockey Championship Second Round

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 11/11/2012
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (November 11, 2012) - Top-seeded North Carolina ended Old Dominion's hopes of reaching the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Round In Norfolk, Va. with a convincing 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals at Francis E. Henry Stadium on Sunday.

After putting on an offensive clinic on Saturday that resulted in a 6-1 win over Michigan, the Tar Heels defense stymied ODU's offense and took advantage of 24 shots and 11 corners, 10 of those in the second half. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Marla Petriello had 10 saves as the Lady Monarchs played defense for most the second half.

The game also marked the final contest for ODU head coach Beth Anders after 30 years at the helm. Anders led ODU to a record nine NCAA titles and retires as the winningest Division I coach in history with 561 wins. The Lady Monarchs have advanced to the NCAA tournament a record 30 times.

North Carolina scored early, just five minutes into the game, when Charlotte Craddock deflected a pass from Emily Wold off a give and go. The Heels second goal came off their only corner of the first half, on an unassisted shot from Caitlin Van Sickle with less than 30 left to play before halftime.

UNC scored their third goal just eight minutes into the second half off a penalty stroke from Marta Malmberg. ODU's lone goal came at the 18:12 mark in the second half off a cross from the left side of the field from senior forward Kimberly Oakes off an assist from senior forward Maartje van Rijswijk.

In the first half, ODU had three opportunities to score off three corners. But in each instance the Tar Heels defense thwarted the Lady Monarchs efforts to score. The Lady Monarchs end the season with a 15-6 record.

North Carolina (22-1) advances to the NCAA semifinals, hosted by Old Dominion at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex, on Friday, Nov. 18.