No. 13 Wake Forest Ousted from ACC Tournament by No. 6 North Carolina
Nov. 2, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 13 Wake Forest field hockey team fell, 3-2, to No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday at the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals in Louisville.

The Tar Heels (14-4, 3-3 ACC) struck first on Ashley Hoffman's goal midway through the first half, but the Demon Deacons (12-7, 3-3 ACC) answered when freshman Anne van Hoof netted a goal in the final minute of the half to tie the score. North Carolina scored two second-half goals to establish a 3-1 lead with time running out. Although the Deacs cut their deficit to 3-2 with just over five minutes remaining, North Carolina held on for the victory.

Jule Grashoff scored Wake Forest's second goal, her team-leading 16th of the season. Megan Anderson assisted on both Demon Deacon goals while Meghan Murphy and Karlee Spirit each totaled an assist.

The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the fifth minute when Hoffman converted off North Carolina's first penalty corner of the game. The Deacs struggled offensively early in the half, but began to put pressure on the Tar Heels defense late, earning four consecutive corners in the final minutes of the half. Finally, on their last attempt, van Hoof converted to tie the score with just 23 seconds left before halftime.

In the second half, North Carolina reestablished control of the game, eventually scoring the game-winner in the 47th minute on a shot from just inside the circle from Feline Guenther. The Tar Heels extended their lead with just under 15 minutes to go to give themselves a two-goal cushion. Wake Forest cut its deficit to one on Grashoff's low rocket off a Demon Deacon corner, but with just a few minutes remaining, the Wake Forest comeback attempt ran out of time.

North Carolina held a 14-7 shot advantage for the game, but Wake Forest had a 6-3 edge in penalty corners, scoring off two of them.

Up next, the Demon Deacons await their fate for the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be held at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5 and can be viewed on