UNC field hockey set for matchup with Penn State

The top-ranked Tar Heels will play No. 6 Penn State at noon on Friday in the first of this year's NCAA semifinal games.

Carolina field hockey players scrimmage outside
The Tar Heels practiced at UConn on Thursday (Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati)

STORRS, Conn. – The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team flew to Connecticut on Wednesday evening, practiced at UConn’s Sherman Family Sports Complex Thursday morning and dressed up for the NCAA Championship banquet on Thursday evening.

On Friday, it’s finally time to play.

The Tar Heels (19-0) take on No. 6 Penn State Friday at noon in the first of this year’s NCAA semifinal games. Maryland and Northwestern face off in the other at 3 p.m. with the winners meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday for the 2022 NCAA Championship.

“Any time you make it to the final four is a celebration of a wonderful year,” Carolina coach Karen Shelton said as her team left the hotel for Thursday evening’s celebration, held on the UConn campus. “To have a banquet again after several years of not having one (because of Covid) is fun for our team and all the participating teams, to have the opportunity to dress up and celebrate the season so far. And tomorrow, let the games begin.”

Carolina is playing in the NCAA semifinals for the 26th time in program history, but returning after missing out on last year’s championship weekend following a first-round loss. Prior to that, the Tar Heels had won three titles in a row, in 2018, 2019 and 2020. They’ve claimed nine overall, tied with Old Dominion for the most in Division I history.

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