Virginia Faces North Carolina in ACC Championship Final
|Virginia Cavaliers (14-7, 3-3 ACC) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (17-4, 3-3 ACC)|
|Date and Time||Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Winston-Salem, N.C. | Kentner Stadium|
|Media||TV: ACC Regional Sports Networks
Live Stats | ACC Network Extra Live Streaming Video (subject to blackout)
|Additional Information||Ticket Information | Tournament Central | Bracket (.pdf) | 2016 Season Stats | 2016 Fact Book (.pdf)|
|Social Media||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram|
Nov. 5, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia field hockey team (14-7, 3-3 ACC) will face North Carolina (17-4, 3-3 ACC) in the final of the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship, on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at Wake Forest’s Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The game will be broadcast to a national television audience on the channels of the ACC Regional Sports Networks. The game will also be streamed live online in areas in which it is not being broadcast as an ACC Network Extra. Live stats will be available through the ACC Tournament Central website with links to all of these amenities posted on VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is looking for its first-ever ACC Tournament title. This is UVA’s seventh appearance in the championship game, and its first since 2009. With the sixth-seeded Cavaliers taking on the fifth-seeded Tar Heels, the winner of the game will be the lowest seeded team to ever win the ACC Championship. This will be the fourth time UNC and UVA have played for the title and the first time since 1997.
Virginia moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll while the Tar Heels remained steady at No. 5.
Virginia earned its spot in the title game after downing 3-seed Boston College, 6-3, in the second-highest combined scoring game in ACC championship history, followed by a 3-2 overtime victory over 7-seed Wake Forest. Six Cavaliers have scored including freshmen Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) and Colleen Norair (Fredericksburg, Va.) who both scored the first goals of their collegiate careers. Senior Caleigh Foust (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) has scored three goals, including both game winners. Foust leads the team in shots with nine and is well above her season average with a .333 shooting percentage. Junior Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, has two goals and an assist. Senior Lucy Hyams (Whitstable, England) has a goal and three assists. Hyams’ assist in the Wake victory was the 100th point in her Cavalier career.
North Carolina leads the all-time series 50-16. Virginia has lost the last three meetings with its last win coming in a 2-1 home game in 2013 when the fourth-ranked Cavaliers upset No. 1 UNC. In this year’s meeting, North Carolina took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Lauren Moyer with 8:27 remaining, but Vittese retied the game with 4:51 remaining, scoring on a pass from Hyams after a penalty corner. UNC’s Emma Bozek scored the golden goal 3:05 into overtime.
2016 ACC Field Hockey Championship single tickets are $5 (Thursday and Friday tickets are good for all games that are played that day). Children 18 and under get in for free; all others need a ticket.
The NCAA Selection show will stream live online on NCAA.com on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. The Cavaliers have made 20 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and are vying for their ninth in head coach Michele Madison‘s 11 seasons.