CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The No. 14 Virginia field hockey team (10-7, 3-3 ACC) fell 3-2 in overtime against No. 10 North Carolina (10-6, 4-2 ACC) on Friday (Oct. 29) at Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Cavaliers tied it up on a goal by Laura Janssen just before halftime. Erin Matson scored all three of the Tar Heels’ goals, including the game-winner 4:31 into overtime.


The Tar Heels got on the scoreboard with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter on a field goal from Matson. She added a second goal three minutes into the second quarter, scoring off a penalty corner. Virginia quickly got back into the game, with Makayla Gallen scoring a minute and a half later on a second-chance goal. Janssen knotted the game at two when she lifted a shot over the goalie’s shoulder into the upper corner of the net with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

The second half was a battle in the midfield, with each team taking just three shots apiece.

Just over four minutes into the overtime period, Matson found open space and fired off a shot on goal. Tyler Kennedy made an initial save, but Matson got the rebound and shot the ball directly into the cage for the game-winner.


  • North Carolina had a 13-10 edge in shots, including a 3-0 advantage in overtimes
  •  UNC held a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners
  • Tyler Kennedy made five saves for UVA. Abigail Taylor had two saves for UNC
  • Makayla Gallen’s goal was her third of the year
  • Laura Janssen’s goal was her fourth of the season
  • This was the first time Erin Matson had played since suffering an injury in the Oct. 8 game against Duke
  • Virginia finishes the season tied for fourth in the conference but will be the No. 5 seed in the ACC Championship by virtue of a tiebreaker with Boston College


“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so we’re going to be really, really strong in the ACC tournament. And definitely hungry. I couldn’t be more proud of the entire team but especially the seniors and how they carried the team tonight – emotionally and field hockey-wise. We didn’t get the result we wanted, but we played a great game.”


  • The 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship will be held Nov. 4-7 at J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Virginia will play Boston College in the first game of the championship on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.
  • The winner of that quarterfinal will advance to take on top-seeded Louisville on Friday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.