CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A goal by Feline Guenther less than a minute into the second overtime propelled #1 North Carolina past the 13th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team, 3-2, in a thriller at Karen Shelton Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Saint Joseph's (15-3) managed an early shot, but the Tar Heels controlled the rest of the first quarter. Victoria Kammerinke made a pair of saves, however, to keep things level.
• The Hawks settled in as the second quarter got underway, putting a pair of shots on the cage, but it was North Carolina (17-0) that opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as Catherine Hayden tallied her 13th goal of the season on UNC's first penalty corner of the afternoon.
• The Tar Heels struck again early in the third quarter, doubling their lead through Guenther's first goal of the season just 81 seconds into the frame.
• Midway through the quarter, the Hawks earned a pair of consecutive corner opportunities. On the second, the initial shot from Pepa Serrano was saved, but the ensuing sequence led to Kathrin Bentz sending a ball in from the left and Tonya Botherway tipping it home for her 16th goal of the season.
• The Hawks would earn a pair of corners in the middle of the quarter that led to an equalizer from Kate Blincoe with six minutes to go in regulation.
• The hosts had one last chance with a pair of corners in the final seconds, but the Hawk defense held and sent the game into overtime.
• In the first extra session, Kammerinke turned away shots on consecutive corners for UNC, and then made a diving save to keep the Hawks in the game. The Hawks looked to have earned a penalty opportunity late in the frame after a collision near the top of the circle, but play continued, and a late opportunity for Botherway sailed wide in the final seconds.
• Shortly after the start of the second overtime, Guenther took a feed from Marissa Creatore and tapped it in for the game-winner.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• Kammerinke matched her season-high with nine saves in the game, including three in overtime. Alex Halpin got the start in the cage for the Tar Heels and was not called on in the opening 15 minutes; Amanda Hendry came on at the start of the second quarter and finished with four saves on the day.
• North Carolina held a 19-12 advantage in shots, but it was the Hawks with a 5-4 edge in corner opportunities. Both SJU goals came as a result of corners.
• The game was the first overtime contest of the year for the Tar Heels, who extended their ACC-record winning streak to 40 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2018 season. Only one other game during that streak – the second – reached overtime.
• Botherway's goal gives her three in her career at Karen Shelton Stadium. She scored both goals in the Hawks' NCAA Tournament matchup with Michigan in Chapel Hill last season.
The Hawks will hold the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship, set to begin on Friday at Richmond's Crenshaw FIeld. The Hawks will meet fourth-seeded Lock Haven at 11:00 a.m.
Saint Joseph's (15-3) 0 0 1 1 0 0 – 2
North Carolina (17-0) 0 1 1 0 0 1 – 3
SJU: Botherway, Blincoe
UNC: Hayden, Guenther (2)