ACC Tournament Run Ends in Runner-Up for Field Hockey
By Jared Anderson November 7, 2017
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A historic run for the Louisville field hockey team ended with a 1-0 loss to North Carolina in the championship. The Cards had never won an ACC Tournament game before and won their first two to reach their first ever ACC Championship game. Louisville downed Syracuse 3-2 in regulation and defeated Duke 3-2 in a shootout.
The ACC Tournament only features seven teams, but all seven are ranked 13th or higher in the Coaches Poll, making winning a conference title difficult. Louisville is 10th in the poll last updated on Oct. 31. Syracuse is listed 11th, Duke 2nd, and North Carolina 6th.
Quarterfinal: Louisville 3, Syracuse 2 The Cards scored three goals in the second half to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Marisa Martin Pelegrina scored shortly after halftime on a penalty corner and Madison Walsh followed suit four minutes later. The Orange equalized the score within a minute of the Cards taking the lead. Marigrace Ragsdale found an open net with two minutes remaining in the game to seal the win.
Semifinal: Louisville 3, Duke 2 (Shootout) Pelegrina scored for the second straight day off of a penalty corner, this time to give the Cards a 1-0 halftime lead. Duke evened the score midway through the second half before Minout Mink helped the Cards regain the lead minutes later. The Blue Devils tied the score with five minutes to play. After two scoreless halves by both teams the game went into a best-of-five shout. Louisville outscored Duke 4-3 in the shootout to claim the win and advance to the championship. McFerran recorded a career high 18 saves.
Championship: north Carolina 1, Louisville 0 UofL could not muster up an offense as they were held scoreless against the Tar Heels. Despite UNC having 13 corners, the Louisville defense shut them down on all but one, which proved to be the only goal of the match. The Cards only got four shots on goal, one of their lowest totals of the season.
The weekend puts the Cards at 14-7 on the year. They prepare to face Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 11 at 2:00 p.m.