UNC Field Hockey

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Erin Matson’s journey as UNC’s 23-year-old field hockey coach reaches brink of another NCAA title

crouched near midfield, intently watching UNC’s field hockey players run drills. A year ago at this time, Matson was among those players. Now she’s a first-time head coach, a 23-year-old taking over for the winningest coach in the sport’s history, and leading players who were previously teammates. Pressure? Yep. And she’s good with all of it. (Associated Press)

Video: Erin Matson, youngest D1 head coach, aims to bring Tar Heels to field hockey glory

is the youngest head coach in all of Division I sports at 23 years old. She joined UNC as a coach after leading its field hockey team to NCAA championship glory four times as a player. NBC News’ Emilie Ikeda shares how she hopes to score a victory in her new role. (View Video)

Carolina Field Hockey Headed To Final Four After Victory Over Harvard

North Carolina earned another game on its home turf, beating Harvard 4-2 Sunday afternoon (Highlights) to book a spot in the NCAA field hockey semifinals, to be played at Carolina's Stadium on Friday. The Tar Heels will make a record 27th appearance in the sport's final four and has won four of the past five NCAA championships. (

One Win Stands Between UNC And Field Hockey Final Four

The UNC field hockey team is one win away from the program's 27th appearance in the Final Four, and Sunday the Tar Heels will have the chance to earn that victory. Harvard and North Carolina face off at Stadium Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to the Final Four, which will be played on the Tar Heels' home turf at Shelton Stadium. (

Reigning NCAA field hockey champion UNC rolls to first-round victory over William & Mary

In the first round of the NCAA tournament, No. 1 seed North Carolina looked like the dominant field hockey program it has been for years. Paityn Wirth scored two goals and Katie Dixon added a goal and an assist as the Tar Heels rolled to 6-1 victory Friday over William & Mary (Highlights). UNC will play Sunday against the winner of Rutgers and Harvard. (Tar Heel Tribune)

No. 1 UNC Field Hockey Opens NCAA Tournament Play Friday Hosting William & Mary

The North Carolina field hockey team opens its quest for a second consecutive NCAA championship on Friday, hosting William & Mary at noon for a first-round game at Stadium. UNC, the top seed in the field and the top ranked team in this week's coaches' poll, has been idle for a week since winning the 2023 ACC Championship last Friday. (

Chansky’s Notebook: The Legacy

is the most decorated player in Carolina field hockey history, leading UNC to four national championships and five ACC titles. A slam-dunk Hall of Famer, Matson may be on her way to earning the same platitudes as a coach after leading the Tar Heels to the ACC championship and No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament in her first season at the helm. (

The relentless drive of Erin Matson, UNC’s most decorated athlete turned rookie coach

had been at the center of the most daring experiment in college athletics. She’d gone from being the best field hockey player in school history to the first-year coach of her old team; from the most gifted member of a prize-winning ensemble to the conductor. Among her greatest challenges: The team she inherited lost its best player. Herself. (

UNC Field Hockey To Host NCAA Tournament As No. 1 Overall Seed

For the second year in a row and the fifth time in six years, UNC is the top overall seed in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament. The Tar Heels, who earned an automatic berth on Friday by winning the ACC Championship, open play on Friday at noon against the winner of Wednesday's opening-round matchup between William & Mary and Sacred Heart. (

'Michael Jordan of field hockey': legendary player Erin Matson wins ACC title as 23-year-old coach

stepped down following an undefeated season and national title in 2022. UNC didn't look far for her successor in 22-year-old who was just months removed from graduation. Matson was one of the best players in the country for the Tar Heels in her collegiate career. Now, she's continued the standard in her first year at the helm. (USA Today)
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