UNC and M.H.C. Voordaan before the game.
UNC and M.H.C. Voordaan before the game.
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Tar Heels Tie In Final Holland Scrimmage
Release: 06/08/2014

UTRECHT, Netherlands - The UNC field hockey team closed out the competitive portion of its Holland tour on Sunday morning, tying its third and final scrimmage game 3-3 against the M.H.C. Voordaan first ladies' team. The game was played at Kampong Hockey Club, also the site of UNC's second scrimmage. UNC was 1-1-1 during the 10-day trip, with a loss and a win before Sunday's tie.

Sunday's action was tied 1-1 at halftime, with the UNC goal coming from Emma Bozek late in the period. Voordaan's goal came on a penalty stroke.

In the second half, Carolina quickly picked up two more goals. On the first penalty corner of the period, Samantha Travers took the initial shot, which was saved. Travers got the ball back and shot again. Again her shot was saved, but Casey Di Nardo grabbed the rebound this time and shot behind the keeper to put UNC up 2-1.

Less than two minutes later, Bozek scored her second goal of the game, on a give-and-go with Di Nardo assisting to put UNC up 3-1.

Voordaan scored twice within about two minutes midway through the half to pull the score to 3-3 and then had a shot with seconds to play to win the game, but goalkeeper Shannon Johnson made the save. Teams in the Netherlands don't play the seven-a-side format used in the U.S., so the game, played in rainy conditions, ended in a tie.

"We put together a pretty good first half," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We felt good about our progress throughout the course of the tour but disappointed not to get a result today - that would have been better. We had a 3-1 lead and we let it slip away."

Now headquartered in Haarlem after having spent most the trip staying in Leiden, the team has a free afternoon on Sunday to explore the city of Haarlem or take the train back to Amsterdam, site of Saturday's touring. Sunday is the last day of the trip before an early departure Monday morning. The team will arrive back at RDU on Monday evening.

Two players are already headed back to the States. Loren Shealy and Charlotte Craddock departed for Schiphol Airport right after Sunday's game, Shealy to begin an internship at Goldman Sachs in New York City on Monday morning and Craddock to take the LSAT on Monday.

After returning to North Carolina, some of the Tar Heels will start internships right away (such as Samantha Travers, who begins her second summer at Quintiles on Tuesday). Others will prepare for the USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship, which runs June 15-21 at the Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster, Pa. "For those who are spring-boarding into the Women's National Championship, the games we've had here in Holland have been great preparation," Shelton said. "What a remarkable experience this trip has been for all of us - coaching staff, support staff and the players especially, having had a chance to be here in Holland and experience all of this."

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