On Sunday, the North Carolina field hockey team put an exclamation point on its season by winning the 2018 NCAA Championship. After taking down Maryland, 2-0, for their first title since 2009, we broke down 11 stats that put the Tar Heels’ success this season in context:
23: The number of wins for the Tar Heels on the season — more than any other program in the country. UNC plowed through non-conference play into the ACC slate, beating conference teams by a 43-10 combined margin. Along the way, most of the games weren’t even close.
0: The number of losses for the UNC field hockey team this season. The Tar Heels haven’t dropped a game since losing to Connecticut, last year’s eventual National Champion, in the 2017 Final Four. UNC used the loss as motivation to dominate its competition this year, leading to an undefeated season. The third undefeated season for the program tied Old Dominion for the most seasons without a loss in NCAA history.
8: The number of consecutive final fours for UNC without winning a National Championship between 2010 and 2017. In 2018, North Carolina finally broke the streak by defeating Maryland, 2-0.
103: Goals scored by North Carolina on its national championship run this season. UNC scored efficiently, finding the back of the cage just under four and a half times per game on average. The Tar Heels scored the most goals in the country this season, two more than UConn, and miles ahead of everyone else.