North Carolina beats Maryland 2-0 in NCAA championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Megan DuVernois and Erin Matson scored first-half goals, Amanda Hendry made five saves and No. 1 North Carolina beat No. 2 Maryland 2-0 on Sunday to win its seventh NCAA field hockey championship.

Meredith Sholder set up DuVernois for her ninth goal in the 21st minute. Matson added her 20th five minutes before halftime for the Tar Heels (23-0), who were outshot 9-8 but earned their first national title since 2009. Morgan Goetz added a defensive save for UNC.

Outshot 5-0 in the first half, Maryland (22-3) but turned up its second-half intensity with nine attempts and six on goal but couldn’t break through against its former Atlantic Coast Conference rival. Sarah Holliday had two stops and Noelle Frost one for the Terrapins.

UNC’s Ashley Hoffman was named the Most Outstanding Player and joined on the All-Tournament team by Hendry, Matson and Eva van’t Hoog.


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