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Carolina swimming/diving rout Duke on Sr. Night

Parents of UNC senior swimmers were invited down to be honored and to honor their children.

Parents of UNC senior swimmers were invited down to be honored and to honor their children.

The University of North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams ended the home portion of their 2014-15 dual meets seasons on a high note by sweeping the Duke Blue Devils Friday on Senior Night at Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.

The Tar Heel women prevailed by a score of 175-133 while Carolina’s men triumphed by a score of 176-90.

While is was definitely the night for seniors, it was a sophomore – Liliana Casso – who provided some early fireworks in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

UNC’s Casso led comfortably for much of the race but on the 35th lap Duke freshman Verity Able passed her. On the 40th and final lap however, Casso chased her down at the end to win by eight one hundreds of a second – 10:07.25 to 10:07.33.

UNC senior Danielle Siverling won the women's 200-yard freestyle event.

UNC senior Danielle Siverling won the women's 200-yard freestyle event.

It was the final home dual meet for a cadre of UNC seniors – Kelly Corish, Danielle Siverling, Hannah Runyon-Hass, Patrick Myers, Tyler Hill, David Speese, Brian Bollerman, Dom Glavich, Ryan Fox, Clifton Gordon, Graham Williams and Nick Lowe.

The victories Friday lifted the UNC men to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the ACC while the Tar Heel women are now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. The Duke women lost for only the second time this year and are 8-2 overall, 2-2 in the ACC. The Duke men are now 4-5 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.

“This is a great group of seniors,” said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. “These women were unbelievable for UNC. They are first class people. We’ve got a bigger group on the men’s side. They’ve helped me grow as a leader and helped solidify this team. They are all tough and they are all good. We hate to see seniors go. But that’s the whole idea. They are supposed to come and compete and graduate and go on with the rest of their lives.”

Both the Carolina men and women raced out to an early lead by sweeping first, second and third in several competitions including, but not limited to, the men and women’s 200-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke.

DUAL MEET NOTES (UNC MEN)

• The Tar Heels swept the top three places in the 200-yard freestyle as Ben Colley at 1:37.63 and Philip Perdue at 1:37.97 set career best times. Logan Heck finished third in a season best 1:39.38. Colley’s previous career best was 1:38.26 at 2014 Nike Cup and Perdue’s best was a high school clocking of 1:38.54.

• Clifton Gordon and Patrick Riess took second and third place in the 100-yard backstroke with season best times of 49.52 and 50.27, respectively.

• Dom Glavich was the runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke with a season best 55.49 (56.83 at Nike Cup).

• Matt Conway was the runner-up in the 200 fly and had a season best 1:48.75 (previous best 1:49.05).

• Philip Perdue captured the men’s 50 free in a season best 20.59. Chris Gondek and J.T. Casey finished second and third in career best times of 20.61 and 20.63. Their previous bests were 20.72 and 21.19, respectively.

• Philip Perdue won the 100-yard freestyle in a career best 44.98 (previous best was 45.07 in high school). The Tar Heels finished 1-2-3-4 in the event. Junior Chris Gondek also had a career best time of 45.42 in finishing fourth (45.47 was his previous best).

• Kurt Wohlrab won the 200-yard breaststroke in a season best 1:59.78, the first Tar Heel to go under two minutes this year.

• Matt Conway won the 500 freestyle in a season best time of 4:33.30. Graham Williams and Bailey Burt also had season bests in the race.

• Clifton Gordon won the 100 fly in a career best 48.35, breaking his previous top time of 49.08. Nick Lowe, Christian Caveness and Will Close all had season best times.

DUAL MEET NOTES (UNC WOMEN)

•Caroline Baldwin took second place in the 100-yard backstroke at 55.66, lowering her time of 55.88 at Nike Cup.

• Junior Annie Goessling won the 100-yard breaststroke in a career best time of 1:03.44. She shaved more than a second over her previous career best of 1:04.83.

• Three Tar Heels established career best times in the 200-yard butterfly led by event winner Kendall Surhoff in 1:59.95 (previous best 2:00.79). Alli Haufler went 2:00.29 (previous best 2:00.54) and Kacy Rhyne went 2:03.45 (previous best 2:05.80).

• Katie McKay of UNC won the 50-yard freestyle in a career best 23.18 (previous best 23.75). Katie Ford was third in a season best 23.31.

• Katie McKay finished second in the 100 free in a career best time of 50.81 (previous best) was 51.45.

• Alli Haufler had a career best time in 55.28 Her previous top was were 55.42.

• Kendall Surhoff won the 200-yard individual medley in a career best time of 2:02.35. Her previous career best time was 2:02.59.

NEXT UP: The Tar Heels turn right around and travel to Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday to meet the NC State Wolfpack. The meet starts at 1 p.m. at Carmichael Natatorium. All four teams are ranked in the Top 20 of this week’s CSCAA polls.

MEN’S TEAM SCORE

#18 North Carolina 176, Duke 90

WOMEN’S TEAM SCORE

#5 North Carolina 175, Duke 113

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS–MEN

200-Yd. Medley Relay: North Carolina (Nic Graesser, Kurt Wohlrab, Sam Lewis, Logan Heck), 1:28.11

1000-Yd. Freestyle: Eugene Tee (UNC), 9:27.52

200-Yd. Freestyle: Ben Colley (UNC), 1:37.63

100-Yd. Backstroke: Sam Lewis (UNC), 48.05

100-Yd. Breaststroke: Peter Kropp (Duke), 54.80

200-Yd. Butterfly: Mitch DeForest (UNC), 1:47.93

50-Yd. Freestyle: Philip Perdue (UNC), 20.59

1-Meter Diving: Jack Nyquist (UNC), 341.93

100-Yd. Freestyle: Philip Perdue (UNC), 44.98

200-Yd. Backstroke: Patrick Myers (UNC), 1:47.78

200-Yd. Breaststroke: Kurt Wohlrab (UNC), 1:59.78

500-Yd. Freestyle: Matt Conway (UNC), 4:33.30

100-Yd. Butterfly: Clifton Gordon (UNC), 48.35

3-Meter Diving: Jack Nyquist (UNC), 426.53

200-Yd. Individual Medley: Dalton Shaw (UNC), 1:51.16

200-Yd. Freestyle Relay: North Carolina (Logan Heck, Sam Lewis, Nic Graesser, Chris Gondek), 1:20.06

Records: North Carolina 5-2, ACC 3-1; Duke 4-5, ACC 0-3

INDIVIDUAL EVENT WINNERS–WOMEN

200-Yd. Medley Relay: North Carolina (Hellen Moffitt, Katie Munch, Hannah Lincoln, Caroline Baldwin), 1:41.09

1000-Yd. Freestyle: Lilianna Casso (UNC), 10:07.25

200-Yd. Freestyle: Danielle Siverling (UNC), 1:49.18

100-Yd. Backstroke: Megan Bestor (UNC), 55.21

100-Yd. Breaststroke: Annie Goessling (UNC), 1:03.44

200-Yd. Butterfly: Isa Paez (Duke), 1:59.47

50-Yd. Freestyle: Katie McKay (UNC), 23.18

3-Meter Diving: Elissa Dawson (UNC), 365.03

100-Yd. Freestyle: Ally Hardesty (UNC), 50.69

200-Yd. Backstroke: Caroline Baldwin (UNC), 2:01.00

200-Yd. Breaststroke: Katie Munch (UNC), 2:18.02

500-Yd. Freestyle: Annie Harrison (UNC), 4:59.80

100-Yd. Butterfly: Hellen Moffitt (UNC), 54.28

3-Meter Diving: Michole Timm (UNC), 319.20

200-Yd. Individual Medley: Kendall Surhoff (UNC), 2:02.35

200-Yd. Freestyle Relay: North Carolina (Sarah Hitchens, Caroline Baldwin, Ally Hardesty, Hannah Lincoln), 1:33.02

Full results

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UNC turns it on in second half to top Syracuse

Nate Britt.

Nate Britt.

Turn, turn, turn. In the first half, North Carolina turned it over but in the second half the Tar Heels turned it on as they turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 10-point win, 93-83. (1/26/15)

Down 40-35 at the half, the Tar Heels shot 62 percent from the floor in the second half and scored 58 points.

“Everything looks better when the balls goes in the basket,” UNC coach Roy Williams said.

But Carolina turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, leading to 16 Syracuse points. The Heels finished with a season-high 20 turnovers after a season-low five turnovers in their last game.

“(At the half) I challenged them for toughness in the second half,” Williams said. “I thought we were tougher physically and mentally, probably more so mentally.”

The only thing consistent about each half for the Heels was the play of Nate Britt, who scored eight in the first half and nine in the second half for a career-high 17 points, including four three-pointers.

Britt and Marcus Paige each hit back-to-back triples during a key point in the second half.

Despite coming out of the locker room on fire, the Tar Heels still trailed 56-50 with 13 minutes to play.

Over a 45-second span, Paige hit two threes to tie the score at 56. Fewer than three minutes later, with the Heels trailing 62-61, Britt hit a pair of threes, one from the right side and one from the left. That put the Heels up 67-62 and they never trailed again.

Syracuse pulled within two at 74-72 but Carolina went on an 8-1 run highlighted by six points from Brice Johnson to go up 82-73.

It never got closer than seven the rest of the way while the lead mushroomed to 11 before the Tar Heels settled for the 10-point victory.

Rakeem Christmas, with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Trevor Cooney, with 28 points after averaging 14 this season, kept Syracuse in the game. But Carolina got 25 bench points compared to zero for Syracuse.

Four Tar Heels scored in double figures with Paige leading the way with 22 points to go along with eight assists and no turnovers. Johnson, Britt and Kennedy Meeks scored 17 each.

Carolina improves to 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the ACC while Syracuse falls to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the league.

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Heels’ balance bests FSU’s Rathan-Mayes

Brice Johnson.

Brice Johnson.

North Carolina got balanced scoring from its starters as the Tar Heels survived a 35-point barrage from Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes to win 78-74 at home Saturday.

UNC’s Brice Johnson may have been the player of the game for the Tar Heels as he scored 18 points and hauled in 14 rebounds.

Four of Carolina’s starters finished in double figures while the fifth starter, JP Tokoto, finished with nine points.

Carolina’s Justin Jackson gave the Heels their biggest lead of 11 at 28-17 with 7:04 to go in the first half.

Just when it looked as if the Tar Heels were opening up the game, a 7-0 Florida State run got the Seminoles back in it.

Up by just four at the half, 35-31, the Tar Heels worked the lead up to eight in the first four minutes of the second half.

Midway through the second half, UNC led by nine after baskets by Marcus Paige, who led the Heels in scoring with 19; Kennedy Meeks, who scored 12; and Jackson, who scored 14.

But Rathan-Mayes went to work, scoring 19 of his career-high 35 over the last 10 minutes of the game.

The Tar Heels seemingly had the game comfortably in hand at 73-63 with 50 seconds left but Rathan-Mayes hit three tightly-covered triples over a 19-second span to draw the Seminoles within three with 17 seconds left.

Paige sank a pair of free throws and Johnson hit one of two free throws over the last 16 seconds to wrap it up.

In addition to the balanced scoring, the keys to the game were the lack of Tar Heel turnovers and the ability to get good shots inside.

Carolina turned the ball over just five times – that’s the lowest during the Roy Williams era. And the Tar Heels finished with 42 points in the paint, compared to just 24 for Florida State.

FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said the Tar Heels were able to get “timely offensive put backs” and “some easy buckets by throwing over the top” of his players.

Williams said he was “very pleased” with the win and felt like the Tar Heels are making strides in the turnover and toughness departments.

He said that his two favorite plays of the games were Johnson and Tokoto diving for loose balls.

He noted that he was especially proud of Johnson because his back was bothering him in warm ups before the game and he was worried about how much he’d be able to play. In addition, Johnson scored 12 of his 18 points after picking up his third foul.

Nate Britt, who had 15 stitches sewn into his mouth after the last game, also showed his toughness for the short-handed Tar Heels, Williams said. “He gave us some great minutes,” he said. Britt had four points and three assists in 14 minutes of play.

The Tar Heels were playing without Theo Pinson, who broke his foot in the last game, and Joel Berry, nursing a leg injury. Depth was already a bit of a problem as Sasha Seymore was lost for the year earlier in the season. Also, deep backups Luke Davis and Stilman White are out with injuries.

The Tar Heels advance to 16-4 and 6-1 in the ACC while the Seminoles fall to 10-10 and 2-5 in the league.

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UNC breaks open close game to whip Wake 87-71

Kennedy Meeks.

Kennedy Meeks.

North Carolina broke open a close game early in the second half as the visiting Tar Heels took care of Wake Forest 87-71 to move to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the ACC.

Kennedy Meeks, saddled with three fouls in the first half, scored eight points over a three-minute stretch early in the second half to help the Tar Heels turn a six-point halftime lead into an 18-point advantage.

It never got closer than 12 the rest of the way. UNC’s Marcus Paige drained a three with a hand in his face to put the Tar Heels back up by 18 with 7:26 to go.

With several players in foul trouble and with several players out with injuries – including Theo Pinson who left the game with a bruised foot – the Tar Heels played a lot of zone in the second half.

UNC coach Roy Williams said the Heels played more zone in this game than in all the other games this season put together.

“It was a weird night for us,” Williams said. “We came in low on personnel and we lost Theo (during the game) and then late lost Nate (Britt).”

On top of that Meeks, Paige and JP Tokoto were all saddled with three fouls throughout the second half.

But, while there were six ties and a couple of lead changes in the first half, the outcome never really seemed in doubt once the lead got to double digits early in the second half.

Carolina’s post players got inside for good looks and contributed to the Tar Heels shooting 60 percent from the field, the best shooting performance of the season.

“Our shot selection was much better in the second half than in the first half,” Williams said.

Still, Brice Johnson already had 13 points in the first half, most on baby hooks and layups. He finished with a team-high 19 points.

Meeks, on the other hand, had 12 of his 16 points in the second half. Johnson and Meeks were each eight of 11 from the floor.

Freshman Justin Jackson played the entire 40 minutes and finished with 17 points. Paige, who had eight assists and three steals, added 12 points in 35 minutes played.

The high minutes played came because five of UNC’s guards are injured. Joel Berry, Stilman White and Luke Davis didn’t dress and then Pinson and Britt were hurt during the game. Britt, who was bloodied, should be back Saturday when the Tar Heels host Florida State.

“It was a good win. I feel good about it,” Williams said. “Some tough kids played the entire second half for us.”

Wake’s Codi Miller-McIntyre had 20 points to lead the Deacons, who fall to 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the ACC.

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UNC uses height advantage to handle Hokies

Justin Jackson.

Justin Jackson.

North Carolina used its height advantage to handle Virginia Tech 68-53 and move to 4-1 in the ACC and 14-4 overall.

The Tar Heels out rebounded the Hokies by 27 boards and put in 15 second-chance points to make the difference in the game.

Carolina also held Tech to less than 36 percent from the floor. Still UNC coach Roy Williams wasn’t satisfied as the game never really got into a fast-paced flow that he likes plus the Tar Heels turned the ball over 17 times.

He said it was an ugly win and as a result the Tar Heels, who were not scheduled to practice Monday, will practice at 9 p.m.

Carolina players did make some sloppy entry passes, let VT’s defense bother them and perhaps took ill-advised long shots considering the height advantage inside.

However, the game never really seemed in doubt. Carolina got out to a quick 7-0 lead and never trailed.

The Tar Heels led by as many as 15 points in the first half at 34-19 before settling for a 34-21 halftime lead.

The lead varied from 11 points to 17 points through much of the second half.

Carolina got it’s biggest lead at 54-36 with 6:41 left after a pair of free throws from Justin Jackson, who led the Tar Heels in scoring with 16 points.

Over a two-minute period late, Carolina turned the ball over three out of four possessions and Virginia Tech went on a 10-2 run to cut it to eight points at 61-53 with two minutes left.

But the Tar Heels scored the last seven points of the game to win by 15.

UNC’s J.P. Tokoto, who had 10 points and four assists, had a pair of steals that ended in highlight reel dunks. The Tar Heels as a team slammed down eight dunks.

Brice Johnson, who had two alley-oop dunks, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Virginia Tech, led by Adam Smith’s 11 points off the bench, fall to 8-9 and 0-4 in the ACC.

The flow of the game was marred by a number of stoppages of play to clean up blood from VT’s Will Johnston, who had a bloody nose, a bloody mouth and a bloody elbow.

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Heels hang on to nip Pack 81-79 behind Paige

Marcus Paige.

Marcus Paige.

North Carolina opened up a close game with a 10-0 run over rival NC State in the second half only to see a 12-point lead nearly evaporate in an 81-79 victory in Raleigh.

The back-and-forth first half ended with the Tar Heels up six, 32-26 at the break. The Wolfpack cut the margin to two midway through the second half at 54-52.

That’s when the Tar Heels reeled off 10 straight points and seemed in control of the game at 64-52 with less than eight minutes to play.

JP Tokoto led the way for the Heels during the run as he stole the ball and went in for a fast break layup and foul for a three-point play. Then he found an open Kennedy Meeks and whipped a pass to him for a dunk assist.

Carolina still led by 11 at 73-62 with 3:45 to go but then “some stuff started happening” as UNC coach Roy Williams put it.

Following a long two point basket by 6-foot-9 Kyle Washington, who had a season-high 17 points, Ralston Turner, saddled with four fouls, drained a three from the right corner and was fouled by UNC’s Theo Pinson.

The four-point play drew the Pack to within five points at 73-68. After a UNC free throw, Turner, heavily guarded, hit another three with 2:10 left to make it 74-71.

Turner had a chance to tie it with 1:35 to go but missed the three. UNC’s Marcus Paige, who led all scorers with 23 points, sank a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left to seemingly put the Tar Heels in control.

But Trevor Lacey, who had missed five three pointers with Tokoto covering him, hit a three from the top of the key to draw the Pack to within a bucket at 76-74 with 14 seconds left.

After a slew of free throws for each team, including another pair by Paige, the Heels led 81-78 with a second to go.

A foul by UNC’s Isaiah Hicks on the court-long pass sent Abdul-Malik Abu to the free throw line. He hit the first and intentionally missed the second free throw. State’s Cody Martin got his hand around Meeks for a tip that went to the left of the basket as Carolina escaped.

“We were lucky as all get out and we’ll get out of town as quick as we can,” Coach Williams said.

Williams generally was happy with his team, which shot 56 percent from the floor and got production (19 points) off the bench. But he was concerned with the offensive rebounding as State had 16 offensive rebounds compared to just seven for UNC. That’s nine more possessions the Wolfpack got.

State coach Mark Gottfried said his team had a let down during the Carolina 10-0 run. “That hole was hard to get out of,” he said. While he said his team never quit, he also said the club didn’t always play with energy.

“We have a lot of things to build on,” he said. “This young group needs to learn that it takes 40 minutes of high intensity.”

He said that Paige, who scored 35 against the Pack last year, enjoys playing against the Pack but that he thought the difference was the 17 baskets by the three big men (Meeks 15 points, Brice Johnson 10 points and Isaiah Hicks’ season-high 12 points off the bench.)

Paige had his best game of the year with nine assists and no turnovers to go with his 23 points, which included going five of five from three-point land.

Turner led State, now 12-6 and 3-2 in the league, with 20 points.

The 13-4 and 3-1 Tar Heels, who have now won 23 of the last 25 games against the Wolfpack, host Virginia Tech Sunday.

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Tar Heels get the magic back vs. Louisville

marcuspageAgainst Notre Dame, North Carolina came from 11 down to take a lead and appeared to have that old comeback magic the Tar Heels have been known for since the Dean Smith days. But the Tar Heels gave up that lead and fell at home to the Irish.

Against 5th ranked Louisville Saturday the Tar Heels were down by 13 to the Cardinals with less than nine minutes to go. From that point on Carolina outscored Louisville 22-9.

Marcus Paige, who hadn’t played well most of the game, drove in for a tough, high-off-the-backboard layup with 8.5 seconds left to put the Heels up 72-71.

Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear missed an open 3 from in front of the Cardinals bench and Chris Jones, who shot lights out during the game, missed an off-balance follow shot at the buzzer.

“We can’t play any better than that,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said.

UNC’s Brice Johnson, who had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, said the win was a “confidence builder” coming off the failed comeback against Notre Dame Monday night. “It was an all-around team effort tonight,” Johnson said.

The Tar Heels trailed by as many as six points in the first half but came back to lead by five before settling for a 34-all tie at the half.

Carolina shot only 37 percent in the first half and continued that futility early in the second half as Louisville got out to a 49-40 lead after the first five minutes.

But despite trailing 63-50, the Tar Heels managed to shoot 52 percent in the second half.

Freshman Joel Berry drained a three and Paige, who had to go to the training room midway through the second half with an ankle injury, swished in a three to give the Tar Heels some hope.

A 10-2 run, which featured JP Tokoto prominently – he scored on a layup after getting a loose ball, passed to Johnson for a bucket and tipped in his own miss, cut the Louisville lead to one at 69-68.

The Tar Heels took a 70-69 lead on a Paige to Johnson bucket with 38 seconds left but Terry Rozier, who had a game-high 25 points, hit a pull-up 12-foot jumper with 25 seconds left to put Louisville back up by one.

That set up the dramatic, magical Carolina final seconds.

Paige, who hit the game winner, said he had missed some layups around the rim against Notre Dame and this was his opportunity to come through for the team.

“We needed this one,” Paige said. “We had an opportunity to get a quality win the last game (against Notre Dame) and let it slip through. To come through, fight back and get a win like this sets us up well for the future.”

Kennedy Meeks led four Tar Heels in double figures with 13 points while Johnson scored 11 and Paige and Tokoto added 10 each.

Louisville falls to 14-2 and 2-1 in the ACC while Carolina improves to 12-4 and 2-1 in the ACC.

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UNC dominates, then hangs on vs. No. 12 Ohio State

uncbasketballclipartNorth Carolina played about as well as it has played this season, leading by 18 over No. 12 Ohio State, but wound up hanging on for an 82-74 win in Chicago Saturday.

The Tar Heels controlled the tempo early and withstood six three-pointers by the Buckeyes to lead by 12 at the half, 43-31.

“We did some very good things,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “We were controlling the game.” Then, Williams said the Heels stunk it up at the end of the first half and at the end of the game.

Highlights in the first half from Carolina, which shot 51 percent in the half, included a spinning follow shot by JP Tokoto, who was fouled and sank the free throw to work the lead to double figures at 27-17.

Later, Marcus Paige swished a three with 51 seconds left in the half to give UNC its largest lead of the half at 43-27. But the Heels gave up two easy baskets in the last 35 seconds to cut the margin to 12 at the half.

Carolina extended the lead to 18 at 64-46 midway through the second half when the Heels went on a 13-5 run, highlighted by a battling Kennedy Meeks bucket resulting in an old-fashioned three-point play.

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Heels, Devils dominate preseason All-ACC lacrosse team

unclacrosseReigning ACC Champion Notre Dame has been selected as the preseason favorite in the 2015 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll. The announcement comes in conjunction with Inside Lacrosse’s release of its annual Face-Off Yearbook.

Head coach Kevin Corrigan’s Fighting Irish received 23 points in balloting among the ACC’s five head coaches. Syracuse followed with 22 points and was selected second. North Carolina (13), back-to-back NCAA Champion Duke (10) and Virginia (7) were selected fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Preseason All-ACC Team features 11 returning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans from all five member schools, with five selections from North Carolina, three honorees from Duke and two from Syracuse. Notre Dame and Virginia each had one student-athlete selected to the team.

Twelve of the 13 student-athletes on the Preseason All-ACC Team were also named to Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Division I All-America Team. The First Team included Duke senior midfielder Deemer Class and junior midfielder Myles Jones, Notre Dame senior attackman Matt Kavanagh, Syracuse senior attackman Kevin Rice and red-shirt junior defenseman Brandon Mullins and Virginia junior defenseman Tanner Scales. North Carolina sophomore defenseman Austin Pifani, senior attackman Joey Sankey and senior midfielder Chad Tutton were named to the second team. Duke senior shortstick midfielder Will Haus was tabbed to the third team, while North Carolina senior longstick midfielder Ryan Kilpatrick and junior goalkeeper Kieran Burke earned honorable mention honors.

All five ACC teams are ranked in the top 10 in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 poll. Notre Dame led the way at No. 2 followed by Duke (No. 3), Syracuse (No. 4), North Carolina (No. 6) and Virginia (No. 10).

The 2015 men’s lacrosse season gets underway in early February. The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be played April 24-26 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa. The semifinals are set for Friday, April 24 and the championship for Sunday, April 26. The fifth-place ACC team that does not qualify for the championship will play Penn at PPL Park on Saturday, April 25.

ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll and All-ACC Team

Coaches Poll

1. Notre Dame (3 first place votes, 23 points)

2. Syracuse (2 first place votes, 22 points)

3. North Carolina (13 points)

4. Duke (10 points)

5. Virginia (7 points)

Preseason All-ACC Team

Attack

Matt Kavanagh, Jr., A, Notre Dame

Kevin Rice, Sr., A, Syracuse

Joey Sankey, Sr., A, North Carolina

Midfield

Deemer Class, Jr., M, Duke

Myles Jones, Jr., M, Duke

Chad Tutton, Sr., M, North Carolina

Defense

Brandon Mullins, R-Jr., D, Syracuse

Austin Pifani, So., D, North Carolina

Tanner Scales, Jr., D, Virginia

Faceoff Specialist

Stephen Kelly, So., M, North Carolina

Goalkeeper

Kieran Burke, Jr., GK, North Carolina

Longstick Midfielder

Ryan Kilpatrick, Sr., LSM, North Carolina

Shortstick Midfielder

Will Haus, Sr., SSM, Duke

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Physical Kentucky team plays its best game vs. UNC

Roy Williams.

Roy Williams.

North Carolina has a 23-14 all-time record against Kentucky but it might not have mattered how well the Tar Heels played in this one as the No. 1 Wildcats played their best game of the year and ran by a scrappy but error-prone Tar Heel team 84-70 in Lexington.

Kentucky was hot and played physical and aggressively on the defensive end. Some believe the Wildcats will go undefeated this season – at least in the regular season.

Carolina took a lot of hits in this one – figuratively and literally – but kept coming back.

Marcus Paige hit four threes in the second half to help. The Tar Heels actually outrebounded the Wildcats by seven and had an impressive 18 offensive rebounds.

But Kentucky scored 24 points off Carolina’s 19 turnovers and scored 13 more points from the foul line.

UNC coach Roy Williams shouldn’t be happy with a loss; however, in light of how hard the Tar Heels played, I was surprised he was angry enough to cuss. We usually just hear the “dad gums” and such from him.

When asked to remember something he had said before the game about keys to the game, he said, “I’m too ticked off to think about any bullsh*t like that.”

Maybe he was just joking around.

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