No. 1 UNC field hockey breezes past William & Mary, 4-0, in first round of NCAAs

UNC wasted no time in adding to its total in the second half. Junior midfielder Catherine Hayden took a deflected ball in the goalie box, turned and fired a low strike to make it a 3-0 game, with Creatore picking up her second assist of the match.

In the 51st minute, the Tar Heels converted on another penalty corner as Hoffman found the back of the goal yet again on assists from Matson and Leemans.

That score held as UNC continued to pressure its opposition defensively until the final whistle to collect its ninth shutout of the season.

Who stood out?

With her goal, Matson now has 17 scores on the season and she also picked up her 15th and 16th assists of the campaign on Hoffman’s goals. With Hoffman’s two scores, the senior back now has 14 goals on the year. 

Creatore managed two assists and now has four on the season. Leemans also had two assists on the day to give her 12 on the year.

When was it decided?

Matson’s goal set the tone, but Hoffman’s first strike deflated the confidence of William & Mary in the 29th minute. The Tar Heels had only given up 13 goals all season and the Tribe were unable to find the back of the net to respond to their early deficit.

Why does it matter?

The win pushes UNC one step closer to a 10th consecutive Final Four. The Tar Heels are hoping to win their first National Championship since 2009.

Where do they play next?

North Carolina faces the winner of No. 8 Michigan and No. 10 Saint Joseph’s on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Karen Shelton Stadium.

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