The UNC field hockey team (12-0,4-0 ACC) earned yet another dominant victory over the No. 11 Syracuse Orange (12-3, 2-2 ACC), with a final score of 6-1.
First-year midfielder and back Sietske Brüning started the Tar Heels’ first-half scoring run, capitalizing off a penalty corner less than three minutes into the game.
UNC continued its scoring streak with sophomore forward Kennedy Cliggett earning her third goal of the season with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. When it looked like the first quarter was over, first-year forward and midfielder Ryleigh Heck put the ball in the cage with 2.2 seconds remaining after a missed penalty corner opportunity by the Tar Heels.
Six minutes into the second quarter, Ryleigh Heck converted off a pass from Erin Matson from the left side of the circle, giving Heck her second goal of the day and making the score 4-0.
The second half began on a similar foot, with Matson scoring off an assist from Heck to make the score 5-0 only 3 minutes into the third quarter. Six minutes into the fourth quarter, Heck scored her third of the day off a pass from junior back Ciana Riccardo.
With a little over 30 seconds remaining in the game, Syracuse back Eefke van den Nieuwenhof scored the Orange’s first and only goal of the afternoon.
Who stood out?
Ryleigh Heck earned three goals and one assist in only nine minutes of playing time, earning her first career hat-trick.