Wake Forest Wins Back-To-Back NCAA Field Hockey Championships
Nov. 23, 2003
AMHERST, MA - In front of 2,320 fans, the #1 Wake Forest field hockey team battled #2 Duke University in Sunday's NCAA Championship game. The Deacs clinched the National Title for the second year in a row, defeating Duke, 3-1, in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Deacs jumped on the board with a goal from senior Katie Ackerman, her eighth of the season. Kelly Doton was credited with the assist. Just minutes later, Kelly Wood connected with Ackerman for her second goal of the match. The Deacs went into halftime with the two-goal lead.
Duke came out strong in the second half, as Gracie Sorbello put one in off of a penalty corner, just six minutes in. Goalkeeper Christy Morgan deflected Claire Laubach's attempted penalty stroke, with fifteen minutes left in the game.
With 7:08 remaining, freshman Kristi Harshman scored her fifth season goal, to secure the victory for the Deacs. The goal came off of a penalty corner from Claire Laubach, the fifth corner of the day.
Wake Forest finishes its 2003 campaign as NCAA Champions, ACC Champions and owners of a 22-1 record.
Wake Forest becomes only the third school to win back-to-back NCAA Field Hockey Championships. The Deacons 2003 field hockey team is only the second team in school's history to win consecutive titles. Men's golf accomplished the feat in 1974-75.
Claire Laubach, Wake Forest