Carolina was in familiar territory on Sunday. Their Field Hockey team played for the National Championship for the 4th straight year, this time against Princeton. They found themselves on the short end of the score in the game for the third straight season.
After the Tar Heels took a 2-1 lead, the Tigers scored two straight goals and held off the Heels in route to the 3-2 victory.
Charlotte Craddock scored to give Carolina a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of the first half but Kathleen Sharkey came up with the equalizer at the 17 minute mark.
North Carolina capitalized on a man-up advantage at the 47 minute mark as Katie Plyler found the back of the net to give the Heels another lead.
Princeton came up with two straight goals, tying things up at the 56 minute mark and after a Tar Heel penalty, Amanda Evans scored the game winner on a penalty stroke a couple minutes later.
Despite some flurries of shots, North Carolina was unable to come up with an equalizing goal.
The Heels out shot Princeton 13-11 and led in penalty corners 10-7 but it was Princeton taking the National Championship.
Tar Heel coach Karen Shelton spoke after the game, "I'm proud of the group. I'm disappointed with the loss, but that's sport...you win some and you lose some, and that's the way it goes."
The loss ended the collegiate careers of seniors Kelsey Kolojejchick, Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, Meghan Lyons, Katie Plyler, Caitlin Powers, Caitlin Van Sickle and Katie Ardrey.
(photo of Caitlin Van Sickle)