Yesterday, Wake Forest played North Carolina in an ACC field hockey match. It’s a game which would normally have received over and above the attention because of a pair of players who were named National Player of the Year in high school.
But neither Ausryn Cuneo nor Dana Bozek were on the pitch yesterday for their respective sides, and for different reasons.
Cuneo, the UNC sophomore who scored 327 goals as a high-school player, has been fighting injury since the second semester of her senior year of high school. TopOfTheCircle.com has learned that she has undergone surgery for a lower-body injury. Yesterday, she was on crutches favoring her left leg, but she didn’t have a support wrap on it.
Bozek, who played on five state championship teams in high school, has decommitted from her original decision to attend Wake Forest and is instead playing for the University at Albany. Heading into today’s game, the freshman already has three starts for the Great Danes in the midfield.
In the match yesterday, Carolina, the third-ranked team in the country, managed a 4-1 win over their in-state rivals from Winston-Salem in a well-played match. Indeed, the quality of both sides was such that you didn’t notice their absence all that much.
Still, you wonder what might have happened if these young women were on the pitch.