Team captain Caitlin Van Sickle and the Tar Heels are the top seed in the 2012 ACC Championship.
Team captain Caitlin Van Sickle and the Tar Heels are the top seed in the 2012 ACC Championship.
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Tar Heels Take Top ACC Seed
Release: 10/27/2012

GREENSBORO, N.C.  - North Carolina, which finished the regular season with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play, is the top seed in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship , set for Nov. 1, 2 and 4 at Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill. As the No. 1 seed, the Tar Heels receive a first-round bye and will open play Friday at 1 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's game between No. 4 seed Boston College and No. 5 seed Wake Forest.

Action kicks off Thursday at 1 p.m. with that Boston College-Wake Forest matchup, and continues with a 3:30 game between No. 3 seed Maryland and No. 6 seed Duke. After UNC meets the winner of the first game at 1 p.m. on Friday, second-seeded Virginia will play the winner of the Maryland-Duke game at 3:30. The championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

ACC fans will be able to watch all five games of the championship. On Thursday, both matches will be streamed live online on and on ESPN3 and also will be available on the WatchESPN mobile application. The semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday will be broadcast on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and NESN in the ACC footprint.

The 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship will feature three of the top ten ranked teams in the nation, the winners of the last 10 national championships, and four of the top 10 winningest coaches in NCAA Division I Field Hockey history.

Single-day tickets are available for $5, and all-weekend tickets are $10. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.

For additional information, including directions, parking, and a full schedule, visit the ACC Field Hockey Championship page.

UNC is 17-1 overall (5-0 ACC) heading into Sunday's matchup with Radford. The final game of the regular season will begin at 11:30 a.m., 90 minutes earlier than initially scheduled. Carolina will honor the program's seniors - Katie Ardrey, Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, Emily Kole, Kelsey Kolojejchick, Meghan LyonsKatie Plyler, Caitlin Powers and Caitlin Van Sickle - prior to the start of the game.

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