North Carolina Field Hockey captures Tenth National Championship

Karen Shelton and the North Carolina Field Hockey team have captured yet another undefeated National Championship season. 

Erin Matson has had an illustrious career as a member of the North Carolina Field Hockey program.

On Sunday, Matson’s journey with the program ended with a storybook ending.

Final
Northwestern Wildcats
1
North Carolina Tar Heels
2

With the game tied at one with just over a minute left to play, it was Matson that became the hero for the Tar Heels. Her goal with 1:18 left on the clock ended up being the difference, as the North Carolina Field Hockey program held on for a 2-1 victory over Northwestern.

This was quite the redemption for Karen Shelton’s team, who was eliminated in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament by these same Wildcats. A year later, it’s the Tar Heels that are the last team standing.

Capping off an undefeated season, it’s important to note just how dominant this group has been all season long. Adam Lucas provided an eye-popping stat that helps show how tremendous this unit played throughout the entire year.

You couldn’t script a better ending for Matson, as she leaves the University of North Carolina as one of the most decorated student-athletes in any sport. Not many student-athletes can say that they put together the resume that Matson did, as her legacy will carry on for a very long time.

Both Shelton and the North Carolina Field Hockey program now have 10 National Championships, with four coming over the last five seasons. The program’s dominance has been incredible, as they continue to defy the odds year in and year out.

It’s no coincidence that North Carolina is referred to as “The University of National Champions.” It’s time to add another title to the already extensive list of national champions that the university has accumulated over the years.