The North Carolina field hockey team took to the road Tuesday for a mid-week away game, earning a 6-0 shutout at Davidson. The second-ranked Tar Heels improved to 10-1 with their fourth shutout of the season, while the Wildcats fell to 3-6.
Three goals came from players who are from nearby Charlotte - sophomore Loren Shealy scored the first two and senior Katie Plyler added another. The two were high school teammates at Charlotte Country Day.
Also scoring for UNC were senior Caitlin Van Sickle, junior Rachel Magerman and sophomore Charlotte Craddock. UNC finished with 24 shots to just one by Davidson.
Shealy started the scoring 8:09 into the game with a goal off a penalty corner, assisted by senior Kelsey Kolojejchick, who leads the nation in assists. Three minutes later, the two connected again, with Shealy deflecting in a pass from Kolojejchick from outside the circle.
Next was a goal from Craddock, who was assisted by senior Jaclyn Gaudioso-Radvany in the 20th minute. Plyler scored in the 23rd minute off a rebound. In the 31st minute, Van Sickle scored on a penalty corner, assisted by freshman Emily Wold.
UNC's only second-half goal was a penalty stroke by Magerman, her first of the year and the second for the Tar Heels.
The game marked the return of Wold, freshman Emma Bozek and junior Marta Malmberg, who missed time with the Tar Heels while competing for the U.S. at the Junior Pan American Games, where they helped the team to a bronze medal.
Next up for the Tar Heels is an Atlantic Coast Conference home game on Saturday against Wake Forest. Action at Henry Stadium begins at noon. UNC also plays at home on Sunday, hosting Virginia Commonwealth for a 1 p.m. game.
No. 2 UNC 6, Davidson 0
Scoring: UNC - Loren Shealy (Kelsey Kolojejchick), 8:09; UNC - Shealy (Kolojejchick), 11:19; UNC - Charlotte Craddock (Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany), 19:45; UNC - Katie Plyler, 22:23; UNC - Caitlin Van Sickle (Emily Wold), 30:05; UNC - Rachel Magerman (penalty stroke), 64:05
Shots: UNC 24 (11/13); DU 1 (0/1)
Penalty corners: UNC 9 (3/6); DU 3 (1/2)
Saves: UNC 0 (Sassi Ammer, 70:00); DU 16 (Sarah Fisher, 70:00)
Records: UNC 10-1, DU 3-6