CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 15th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team saw its season come to an end on Saturday as the Hawks fell to #4 North Carolina, 4-0, in the First Round of the 2017 NCAA Field Hockey Championship at Virginia's University Hall Turf Field.
Saint Joseph’s (18-4) enjoyed extended stretches of possession early, but it was the Tar Heels that struck first as Eva van’t Hoog found the net just over nine minutes into the game.
The Hawks were able to keep things tight with resolute defending, allowing only one penalty corner in each half, but Gab Major broke through for UNC, scoring two goals 65 seconds apart late in the frame to give the Tar Heels a 3-0 lead at halftime.
SJU turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, forcing UNC’s Amanda Hendry into a pair of early saves, but North Carolina (17-4) would be the ones to register a goal, as Ashley Hoffman tallied the half’s only score on a penalty corner.
Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke made nine saves for the Hawks, while Hendry made four for the Tar Heels. North Carolina enjoyed a 22-6 shot advantage, but the Hawks and Tar Heels were level on second half opportunities. SJU also conceded just two corners on the day.
UNC moves on to meet #11 Princeton in the Second Round on Sunday; the Tigers knocked off #5 Virginia, 3-2, in double overtime on Saturday. The Hawks finish the season with a school-record 18 wins after winning the Atlantic 10 championship and making the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.