Central York grad Moyer, UNC come up short in national title game


Entering Sunday's NCAA Division I field hockey national championship game, the University of North Carolina finished as a runner-up in four of the past six seasons.

Lauren Moyer

Now, that figure is up to five runner-up results in the past seven years.

The Tar Heels dropped a 3-2 result to the University of Delaware, extending the program's national title drought to seven seasons, last winning one in 2009.

A member of North Carolina's squad on Sunday was senior co-captain Lauren Moyer, a Central York graduate. Moyer's college field hockey career came to a close with the loss, the second year in a row that she and the Tar Heels have lost in the national championship game.

The game itself lived up to its billing between two of the nation's top teams. Fourth-ranked North Carolina scored with just over seven minutes to play to tie the game at 2-2. However, less than two minutes later, the eighth-ranked Blue Hens scored the game-winner to grab their first ever national title in field hockey.

In the game, Moyer scored UNC's first goal of the contest, her team-high 24th of the season. Her goal came right at the start of the second half, after the Tar Heels went into the halftime break trailing 2-0. A message left on her cell phone wasn't immediately returned.

She also scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over UConn in the semifinals, capping her senior season with 51 points.

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For her career, Moyer scored 34 goals and added eight assists, good for 76 points. Her 24-goal season this year was her biggest year since her freshman campaign when she scored six times and added four assists for 16 points.

Following Sunday's national championship game, Moyer was heading down to Santiago, Chile, where she will be competing with the United States under-21 team in the Junior World Cup. The tournament runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 4. Moyer has been a member of the U-21 team since 2014 and was part of the U.S. team that won the under-21 silver medal at the Pan-Am Games in Trinidad and Tobago.