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North Carolina field hockey, under 23-year-old coach Erin Matson, wins historic NCAA title

North Carolina field hockey coach Erin Matson speaks to the media on Nov. 15 ahead of the NCAA national semifinals.

The North Carolina Tar Heel field hockey dynasty continues – under a history-making rookie head coach.

Erin Matson, who took over the Tar Heels program this season after winning four nationals championships as a player, won another one as a coach on Sunday as UNC defeated Northwestern 2-1 following a penalty shootout in the title game.

North Carolina also defeated Northwestern 2-1 in last year's NCAA championship game, with Matson scoring the winning goal.

After two overtimes failed to break a 1-1 tie, to lift UNC (18-3) to its fifth national title in six years and 11th overall in school history.

At age 23, Matson becomes NCAA's youngest Divison I head coach to win a national championship. The three-time national player of the year took over for legendary coach Karen Shelton, who retired at the end of last season after 42 years at the helm.

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