DURHAM, N.C. - The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team opened Atlantic Coast Conference play Friday evening with a 7-3 win over No. 19 Duke at the Blue Devils' Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Led by sophomore Charlotte Craddock's hat trick, UNC improved to 8-1 overall and 1-0 in ACC play with the win. Duke is 3-6 overall, 0-2 in ACC play.
UNC led 4-0 at halftime and held onto that lead until midway through the second period, when Duke scored twice in just over a minute, both times on penalty corners. After that, the Tar Heels added three more goals before Duke got its third with eight minutes to play in the game.
"I'm very proud of the Tar Heels to come over to Durham and get a decisive win over a shorthanded Duke team," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We are shorthanded as well, but they're missing a few more players. We understand that, but I think at times our team played very, very well. I felt good about the goals that we scored and I thought our kids played hard."
Both teams are at reduced numbers while missing players who are competing at the Junior Pan Am Games in Mexico. UNC is without three starters: Freshmen Emma Bozek and Emily Wold, and junior Marta Malmberg, all of whom are representing the U.S. in the competition. Duke is missing six players, four who are playing for the U.S. team and two who are competing for Canada.
On Friday, Sophomore Samantha Travers put UNC up for good on a penalty corner goal in the 13th minute. Just over a minute later, Craddock got her first, on an unassisted shot from in front of the goal. In the 23rd minute, senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany scored off the rebound after a saved shot. Craddock picked up her second in the 32nd minute, sending a hard shot into the right side of the goal from the top left of the circle.
Duke's Abby Hassinger scored on a corner, her team's third of the game, in the 49th minute of play. Just over a minute later, the Blue Devils connected on another corner, with Emmie Le Marchand scoring the goal to pull within two.
After that the Tar Heels added three more goals. In the 56th minute, senior Kelsey Kolojejchick sent a penalty stroke, UNC's first of the season, into the left side of the cage. In the 58th minute, Craddock scored her third goal, this one from the top right of the circle. The seventh goal came from sophomore Loren Shealy, who as a Robertson Scholar will also take classes at Duke.
Duke's Le Marchand had the game's final goal in the 63rd minute.
"I give Duke credit - they fought to the end," Shelton said. "But I'm delighted to get the win."
The Junior Pan Am Games players for both teams will be back with their schools after this Sunday's games.
That means UNC will be without Bozek, Malmber and Wold for just one more outing, the matchup with No. 11 Stanford on Sunday at Henry Stadium. The Cardinal also is missing players: Kelsey Harbin (U.S.) and Maddie Secco (Canada).
No. 1 UNC 7, No. 19 Duke 3
Scoring: UNC - Samantha Travers (Katie Ardrey, Kelsey Kolojejchick), 12:21 ; UNC - Charlotte Craddock, 13:33; UNC - Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, 22:41; UNC - Craddock, 31:43; DU - Abby Hassinger (Chelsea Amsley), 48:08; DU - Emmie Le Marchand (Brenna Rescigno), 50:14; UNC - Kolojejchick (penalty stroke), 55:42; UNC - Craddock, 57:15; UNC - Loren Shealy, 61:21; DU - Le Marchand, 62:38
Shots: UNC 22 (13/9); DU 6 (3/3)
Penalty corners: UNC 6 (5/1); DU 4 (2/2)
Saves: UNC 1 (Sassi Ammer, 70:00, 1 save, 3 goals allowed); Duke 11 (Ashley Camano, 70:00, 11 saves, 7 goals allowed)
Records: UNC 8-1 (1-0 ACC), Duke 3-6 (0-2 ACC)