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For ACC field hockey teams there’s one goal. Knock off the top ranked fall conference champion to get a shot at the NCAA automatic qualifier. That’s no small feat. North Carolina has been sitting atop the NFHCA Coaches Poll for weeks and with good reason. Some aspect of knocking off the Tar Heels seems like an insurmountable task but don’t tell that to Louisville, Duke and Syracuse. During the 2020 fall season the Cardinals were the only team to come away with a win. North Carolina lost 3-1 and that was the last time they fell in conference play.
What about Duke and Syracuse? Both teams presented challenges and either kept it close or pushed the game into overtime. As the spring schedule got underway in early March Louisville had the first shot and North Carolina came away with a 2-0 win. The Blue Devils will face the Tar Heels on April 2 for their opportunity while Syracuse will close the regular season by facing off with North Carolina on April 18.
It’s a six conference game schedule in the shortened spring schedule. Teams were afforded the opportunity to play non-conference games as well. Like most spring sports seasons things seem to move along a bit quicker and it’s no different with field hockey. On April 23 the highest spring season finisher, if it’s a team other than North Carolina, will face the Tar Heels for that automatic qualifiers spot in the NCAA Championship. The semifinals and finals will be hosted in Chapel Hill May 7 and 9.
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