NEWTON, Mass. - No. 2 North Carolina scored four goals in the final 17 minutes of play to earn a 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference win Saturday afternoon over host Boston College at Newton Campus Field. The Tar Heels improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC play while the 25th-ranked Eagles fell to 7-6 (1-3 ACC).
Sophomore Charlotte Craddock, a forward from Wolverhampton, England, picked up a hat trick with all three goals coming on penalty corners. The fourth and final goal of the game came from sophomore Loren Shealy.
"It was a tough ACC contest and I'm particularly delighted to get a shutout," said UNC coach Karen Shelton. "I did feel that once we got the first goal, the rest would come and I'm really proud of Charlotte for putting it on target and for getting a hat trick - it certainly opened up the game for us.
"And I'm really proud of the great team effort overall. We've got some injuries and this was a physical contest, but we handled it. This game makes us a tougher, better team."
Neither team scored in the first half. UNC outshot BC 12-4 but just four of the Tar Heel shots were on target and all were saved by Eagles goalkeeper Leah Settipane. Carolina drew four corners in the first half but was unable to convert on any of them.
Craddock's gamewinner came on UNC's first penalty corner of the second half. With 17 minutes remaining in the game, the sophomore fired a shot past Settipane, assisted by seniors Katie Ardrey and Katie Plyler.
Ninety seconds later at the other end of the field, BC's Kelcie Hromisin's shot came inches from tying the game for the Eagles, but Carolina sophomore Samantha Travers made a defensive save on the line to keep the ball out of the cage and keep BC off the board.
With just over eight minutes remaining and the Tar Heels up 1-0, BC pulled its goalkeeper to try to get the equalizer with the help of an additional player in the field. Two minutes later, UNC drew a corner and Craddock blasted her shot past the BC defenders to put Carolina up 2-0. Ardrey and senior Kelsey Kolojejchick assisted.
Down 2-0, the Eagles put Settipane back in. The Tar Heels scored on their final corner of the half, with Craddock again taking the shot, assisted by Ardrey and Kolojejchick. The goal was Craddock's team-high 13th of the season and made UNC 3-for-3 on corners in the second half.
"We know what Charlotte is capable of doing and what she did today isn't different than what she does in practice," Shelton said. "But it's different when it's under pressure and we need a big goal - she came through for us."
The Tar Heels' final goal came with 26 seconds to play, when senior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany sent a cross across the cage from the left and Shealy deflected it in from the right post.
BC finished the game with six corners, all of which came in the second half with the game still scoreless. The Eagles had five corners in a row then drew one more a few seconds later. UNC's corner defense - goalkeeper Sassi Ammer, Emily Wold, Caitlin Van Sickle, Abby Frey and Travers at that point in the game - thwarted them all.
"We talked in pregame about wanting to get the shutout," Shelton said. "And we had a huge defensive stand - they had all those corners in a row and our kids stood strong and I'm really proud of them for that."
UNC returns to Newton Campus Field on Sunday at noon for a neutral-site matchup with Dartmouth. The Big Green is 6-4 on the season after winning its last five games. The two have never met before and have had no common opponents thus far in the season, but Dartmouth has played two other top-five teams, falling 6-0 at Maryland and 4-1 at Princeton.
No. 2 UNC 4, No. 25 Boston College 0
Scoring: UNC - Charlotte Craddock (Katie Ardrey, Katie Plyler), 53:00; UNC - Craddock (Ardrey, Kelsey Kolojejchick), 63:57; UNC - Craddock (Ardrey, Kolojejchick), 67:37; UNC - Loren Shealy (Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany), 69:34
Shots: UNC 22 (12/10); BC 12 (4/8)
Penalty corners: UNC 7 (4/3); BC 6 (0/6)
Records: UNC 13-1 (3-0 ACC); BC 7-6 (1-3 ACC)