Field Hockey Falls at No.1-Ranked North Carolina, 2-3 in Strokes

Oct. 2, 2004

Box Score

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Wake Forest field hockey fell at No.1-ranked North Carolina Saturday, 2-3 in strokes. After 70 minutes of regulation and two 15-minute overtimes, the Deacons took the Tar Heels to strokes, but could not hang on to win. Wake Forest falls to 10-2, while the Tar Heels remain unbeaten, 13-0.

The Deacons took the early lead. Kelly Wood opened the Deacon scoring on an assist from Kelly Dostal. The goal was Wood's second this season.

On a Wake Forest penalty corner, Claire Laubach injected to stopper Maeke Boreel, who slid the ball to Dostal. Dostal capitalized for her 17th goal this season, to put the Deacons up 2-0 heading into the half.

"We played brilliantly in the first half," said head coach Jennifer Averill. "We created many opportunities for ourselves and I was extremely proud of our intensity and our fight."

The Tar Heels tied the game in second half action, to send things into overtime. With no score in either of the overtimes, the game went into strokes. North Carolina connected on four of their five attempts, while the Deacons fell one stroke short, connecting on only three attempts. The Tar Heel win marked the first Deacon loss on the road in the last 29 outings.

The game was evenly played. Wake Forest took 18 shots to the Tar Heels 16. Each team had nine penalty corners. Ariel Meyers was credited with her first defensive save of the season.

"This was a phenomenal game," said Averill. "I could not have asked for more energy or effort from my team, I'm so proud."

Wake Forest returns to Kentner Stadium to host La Salle tomorrow at 1 p.m.



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