CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior Kelsey Kolojejchick scored twice and added an assist as the top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team used a balanced effort to top No. 11 Stanford 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels led 5-1 at halftime and held onto the four-goal margin for the victory, which boosted their season mark to 9-1. The Cardinal, which won at Henry Stadium Saturday in a neutral-site game against Radford, fell to 6-4.
"I'm really pleased with the way we're moving the ball and playing unselfishly at a high rate of speed," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We're not as consistent as we want to be, but in spurts we look fantastic. Its up to us to continue to grow as a team so that we can play longer stretches at that high level. But overall I'm delighted."
Stanford got on the board first, just shy of eight minutes into the game, when Becky Dru sent a ball into the circle and Jessica Chisholm got the tip in front of the goal. The Cardinal lead was short-lived, however, as UNC scored 19 seconds later. On a penalty corner, senior Katie Ardrey sent the push-in to Kolojejchick, who scored from the top of the circle.
The UNC gamewinner came in the 14th minute, when sophomore Loren Shealy sent a ball across the cage from the left and senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany deflected it in from the right post to put UNC in the lead for good. In the 17th minute, Kolojejchick scored again, this time carrying the ball just into the circle and sending a shot past Stanford goalkeeper Dulcie Davies.
In the 22nd minute, Ardrey scored her first goal of the season, sending a shot in from the left. Davies got a glove on the ball, but couldn't keep it out of the cage. In the 30th minute, Ardrey sent another shot from the left side, and Shealy tipped it in from the front of the cage to put UNC up 5-1.
Each team scored on a penalty corner in the second half. In the 55th minute, Lauren Becker deflected in a shot from Dru to pull the Cardinal to 5-2. Five minutes later, sophomore Charlotte Craddock powered a shot past Davies, assisted by Kolojejchick and Ardrey.
UNC finished with 18 shots, nine in each half, to Stanford's six, which also were evenly divided in the two periods. The Tar Heels had seven penalty corners and scored on two of them, while Stanford scored on one of its four.
With her two goals, Kolojejchick moved into fifth place on UNC's career goals list with 60. She also moved into a tie for eighth in career assists with 38.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a Tuesday road matchup at Davidson. Game time is 5 p.m.
UNC's next home game is an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with Wake Forest on Saturday at Henry Stadium. That game is now set for noon instead of the original 1 p.m. start time.
No. 1 UNC 6, No. 11 Stanford 2
Scoring: Stanford - Jessica Chisolm (Becky Dru), 7:52; UNC - Kelsey Kolojejchick (Katie Ardrey), 8:11; UNC - Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany (Loren Shealy), 13:25; UNC - Kolojejchick, 16:34; UNC - Ardrey, 21:17; UNC - Shealy (Ardrey), 29:15; Stanford: Lauren Becker (Dru), 54:02; UNC - Charlotte Craddock (Kolojejchick, Ardrey), 59:44
Shots: UNC 18 (9/9); SU 6 (3/3)
Penalty corners: UNC 7 (2/5); SU 4 (2/2)
Saves: UNC 1 (Sassi Ammer, 70:00, 2 goals allowed, 1 save); SU 5 (Dulcie Davies, 70:00, 6 goals allowed, 5 saves)
Records: UNC 9-1, Stanford 6-4