NORFOLK, Va. -- The nation's leading scorer is now the nation's champ.
Kat Sharkey had her team's first goal as No. 2 Princeton won the NCAA Division I field hockey championship Sunday, 3-2 over No. 1 North Carolina.
It was the first national championship in the sport for the Tigers.
It's just an amazing feeling right now, said Sharkey, a senior and a Wyoming Seminary grad. It was a complete team effort and it makes it that much sweeter knowing that everyone contributed.
Sharkey scored in the 18th minute on a penalty corner, set up by the Reinprecht sisters, Julia and Katie. Sharkey deflected a blast from the top of the circle, which ricocheted off a Tar Heels defender and into the goal for a 1-all tie.
North Carolina opened the scoring in the 12th minute as Sharkey's former Blue Knights teammate, UNC senior Kelsey Kolojejchick set up Charlotte Craddock on a corner.
Sharkey finished with three shots as the Tigers rallied from a 2-1 deficit. Allison Evans scored in the 57th minute to tie it and Amanda Bird sank a penalty stroke with 10 minutes remaining.
Those last few moments went by very slowly on the clock, Sharkey said. We realized how close we were and we weren't going to let the title slip away.
Princeton reached the title game with a 3-2 win on a penalty stroke in overtime against Maryland on Friday.
Sharkey had both goals in regulation for Princeton and finished with five shots. Anna Dessoye, a freshman from Crestwood, played for the Terrapins.
North Carolina downed Syracuse 6-1 in the other national semifinal. Kolojejchick had four shots before giving way to the reserves in the rout.
D-II HONORS: A trio of seniors from the Wyoming Valley Conference earned Division II All-American accolades recently, as named by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Kayla Gluchowski, a senior from Crestwood now at West Chester, and Mansfield senior Kristyn Grunza, a Lackawanna Trail product, were both named to the national first team.
Slippery Rock senior Gabrielle Malischak, a Nanticoke alum, was selected to the second team.
Both Gluchowski and Malischak were recently tabbed to be part of the South squad at the Division II North/South Senior Game, played Nov. 10 at Massachusetts-Lowell
D-III HONORS: A pair of seniors out of the Holy Redeemer program claimed NFHCA All-Region honors.
Calli Berryman of King's was named to the All-South Atlantic Region second team and chosen to play in the senior all-star game.