No. 13 Wake Forest Falls to No. 3 North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament
Nov. 17, 2013
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 3 North Carolina scored four straight goals on Sunday as No. 3 Wake Forest fell to the Tar Heels 5-2 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament at Henry Stadium on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Wake Forest finishes the season with a 12-9 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the ACC. The Demon Deacons beat No. 6 Old Dominion 3-2 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina advances to the semifinals of the tournament and improves to 18-5 on the year.
Seniors Jess McFadyen and Taylor Rhea each had a goal in the game. Rhea finishes her last season at Wake Forest with a career-high 17 goals and four assists. McFadyen ends the 2013 season with five goals and two assists.
The Deacs scored the first goal of the game but North Carolina scored four unanswered en route to the 5-2 win. Valerie Dahmen made 19 saves which set a career-high for the sophomore goalkeeper.
Wake Forest struck first as Rhea scored 1:50 into the game as she collected a rebound and tallied her 17th goal of the season. Kari Walkley recorded a shot that was saved which led to Rhea's score.
Nina Notman knotted the game at 1-1 with 27:57 left in the half as she converted a penalty corner for the tying goal. Notman made it a 2-1 game with 4:43 left in the first half after she scored off a rebound after a penalty corner.
With 2:13 left in the first half, Dahmen stopped Marta Malmberg on a penalty stroke to keep it a one score game going into halftime.
Dahmen surpassed her career-high mark of nine saves in the first half with 12 stops in the frame. The Tar Heels held an 8-0 advantage in penalty corners in the first half.
Lauren Moyer put North Carolina up 3-1 with 24:58 left in the game after she redirected a long pass from Notman who was credited with the assist. Casey Di Nardo put North Carolina up 4-1 with 21:22 left in the game on a give-and-go play.
McFadyen scored her second goal of the NCAA Tournament after she deflected a shot from Anna Kozniuk for her fifth goal of the season. Her tally came with 14:16 left in the game to make it a 4-2 lead for the Tar Heels.
Charlotte Craddock answered for North Carolina as she scored to put the Tar Heels up 5-2 with 13:30 left in the game. The Tar Heels closed out the game and advances to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in Norfolk, Va. next weekend.
The Demon Deacons finish the year with wins over ranked teams such as Michigan, Boston College and Old Dominion. Wake Forest made its 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season and the first since 2010.