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NORFOLK, Va. – For the fourth straight time and 14th overall in program history, the UConn field hockey team will play in the NCAA semifinals – matching up with North Carolina on Friday at 2 p.m. (ET) at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex on the Old Dominion campus.
It will be the third meeting between the Huskies (22-1) and Tar Heels (19-5) in the semifinals since 2011, and it will be the rubber match. North Carolina won, 4-3, in double overtime in 2011 and UConn won, 2-1, in a penalty shootout in 2013.
UConn’s matchup with the Tar Heels can be watched on NCAA.com, found at the NCAA Gamecenter. Updates will also be provided in real time @UConnFHockey on Twitter.
The Huskies earned a Final Four bid after beating Syracuse, 3-2, in double overtime last Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y. It was a sudden-death goal by junior Charlotte Veitner in the 91st minute that punched UConn’s ticket to Norfolk.
While in Syracuse, Veitner became the all-time points leader in program history after recording two assists in a 5-0 win over Boston College in the first round. She passed Lauren Henderson (213) for the career points record.
Entering Friday, the Huskies are 12-1 in their last 13 NCAA Tournament games, dating back to their 2013 and 2014 national championships. In their last four semifinal appearances, they are 2-2.
In the other semifinal matchup, Delaware will play Princeton – two teams who both pulled-off major upsets in the second round – at 4:45 p.m. (ET). The national championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET).
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA
The Tar Heels earned a Final Four bid with a pair of 3-0 wins over Stanford and second-seeded Maryland this past weekend. Prior to that, UNC lost to Virginia in the ACC Final in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Lauren Moyer is the team’s leading scorer with 22 goals and 47 points this season – 19 more points than Gab Major, who has nine goals and 10 assists.
Throughout the season, the Heel have split goalkeeper time between Shannon Johnson (10-0) and Alex Halpin (9-5). Johnson earned shut out victories in the first two NCAA Tourney matchups.
North Carolina leads the all-time series with UConn, 8-3, dating back to 1980.
BY THE NUMBERS
5: Major NCAA statistical categories that UConn leads the nation in. The list includes goals per game (5.00), points per game (13.91), scoring average (4.90), scoring margin (3.71) and winning percentage (.957).
4-0: Record against ACC opponents this season – Virginia, Syracuse and Boston College twice.
6-0: UConn’s record in its last six games played at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va. (includes 2013 NCAA title and 2015 Big East Tournament title).