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Nov 23 One Step Closer to being Crowned NCAA National Champions

Nov. 23, 2013, 4:39 p.m. (ET)
The NCAA National Championship stage is set following Friday's fierce competition. The top two teams from each division will meet on the pitch Sunday in an effort to earn a national title and ultimate school pride. 

Division I
The Connecticut Huskies defeated North Carolina in dramatic fashion to advance to the NCAA championship game on Sunday afternoon. UConn, who bested the Tar Heels in strokes to take a 2-1 victory, has rolled to its sixth consecutive win and avenged three of its four season losses, improving to 20-4 on the year. North Carolina concludes its season with a record of 18-6.
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The Blue Devils (17-6) outlasted top-seeded Maryland 3-2 to advance to its first NCAA championship game since 2005. Head coach Pam Bustin's squad moves on to face the winner of the second semifinal contest between Connecticut and North Carolina at 4:45 p.m. Sunday for a chance to capture the program's first national championship.
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Division II
Sunday’s NCAA Division II field hockey national championship is a battle of the 2013 tournament’s top two seeds. It also matches two teams seeking a first NCAA title and all the potential significance of that accomplishment– LIU-Post first in the North Region and Shippensburg seeded first in the South Region. With the national-semifinal hurdle cleared, both look to scale the ultimate bar.

LIU Post (21-0) and Shippensburg (19-1) meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va. Both earned byes into Friday’s national semifinals at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center in Virginia Beach. Both emerged victorious – LIU-Post beating Northeast 10 Conference rival Merrimack 1-0 and Shippensburg beating Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Millersville 4-1.
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Division III
Statistics and history say so, but the combatants in Sunday’s NCAA Division III national championship game are anything except familiar to each other.
Both teams played on an artificial surface during Friday’s national semifinals at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center in Virginia Beach. Both teams also received good tests, weathering early scores by their opponents and bouncing back.

Bowdoin defeated Christopher Newport 4-1 in the first semifinal while Salisbury beat Skidmore 3-2 in overtime in the second semifinal.
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For more tournament updates regarding all collegiate divisions, check usafieldhockey.com and ncaa.com 


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