The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (22-1) will travel to the Final Four this weekend in hopes of capturing a national title that has eluded them the last two years.
But before they can worry about the possibility of playing on Sunday, the Tar Heels will first have to face the team that is responsible for the only blemish on their record — Syracuse.
“It’s a completely different team, so there’s no fear in this group,” coach Karen Shelton said. “But they’re not thinking about last year, they’re thinking about Friday and Syracuse.”
Overcoming the No. 5 Orange (19-2) will be no easy task, but the Tar Heels have added a few weapons to their arsenal since their 1-0 overtime loss in the third game of the season.
After sitting out for the first six games to resolve NCAA eligibility issues, sophomore forward Charlotte Craddock took to the field and has been instrumental in UNC’s dynamic offense.