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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


Matt Kavanagh, Jr., A, Notre Dame

Kevin Rice, Sr., A, Syracuse

Joey Sankey, Sr., A, North Carolina


Deemer Class, Jr., M, Duke

Myles Jones, Jr., M, Duke

Chad Tutton, Sr., M, North Carolina


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


Kieran Burke, Jr., GK, North Carolina

Longstick Midfielder

Ryan Kilpatrick, Sr., LSM, North Carolina

Shortstick Midfielder

Will Haus, Sr., SSM, Duke


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.

For more on the game itself, please click here.


UNC soccer loses chance to play in Cary for NCAA title

heelsuclasoccerEarl Edwards Jr. saved Warren Marshall’s penalty in the eighth round of a shootout to send No. 2 seed UCLA through to the NCAA Men’s College Cup after a 3-3 draw with North Carolina Saturday evening at Drake Stadium.

Carolina, which played more than 90 minutes with 10 men after a straight red, rallied from a 3-1 second-half deficit on goals by Tyler Engel and Andy Craven to force penalties. Omar Holness’ first-half free kick goal gave UNC a 1-0 lead before the Bruins scored three times in six minutes after halftime.

Carolina (15-5-2) had the upper hand in the early going before referee Alex Gorin showed Alex Olofson a straight red card after a challenge near midfield in the 20th minute. UCLA (13-4-5) benefitted from the extra man immediately, and Brendan Moore was forced into several saves from close range.

It appeared that the teams would head to halftime with no score, but Alan Winn won a free kick in a dangerous area on 40 minutes. With the opportunity to go for goal from the right side, Holness made no mistake with a low line drive into the bottom left corner to give Carolina an unexpected 1-0 lead.

The Bruins threatened early and often to open the second half, with Leo Stolz ringing a free kick off the woodwork in the 58th minute. The man advantage finally paid off in the 69th minute as Brian Iloski followed his own shot and converted from close range to make it 1-1.

Christian Chavez made it 2-1 just moments later, and Abu Danladi’s goal on the counter saw the Bruins go up two in the 74th minute.

But just as quickly as Carolina fell behind, the Tar Heels rallied. Engel capitalized on a goal mouth scramble after a corner kick in the 78th minute to make it 3-2 before Raby George’s inch-perfect through ball to Craven was turned home for the equalizer 24 seconds later.

It was an incredible turn of events, but it took more heroics from Moore to force the penalty shootout. The senior keeper stopped Andrew Tusaazemajja’s free header in the 95th minute before coming up big again after a corner late in the first period of overtime. After 10 more scoreless minutes, it was up to a shootout to decide the final team in the Men’s College Cup.

Moore saved Iloski’s effort to open the shootout before eight straight kickers converted, with George, Rob Lovejoy, Verneri Valimaa and David October finding the net for the Tar Heels. But Edwards saved Glen Long’s potential winner in the fifth round and then stopped Marshall in the eighth to send the Bruins through in dramatic fashion.

It was a bitter end to the careers of the UNC seniors, including captain Boyd Okwuonu, goal-scorers Engel and Craven, and standout goalkeeper Moore.

UCLA will face Providence in one of two national semifinal games next weekend in Cary, with Virginia and UMBC contesting the other College Cup contest.


Hatchell to speak at Raleigh Sports Club

Sylvia Hatchell.

Sylvia Hatchell.

Sylvia Hatchell, the UNC women’s basketball coach, will be the guest speaker at Wednesday’s Raleigh Sports Club luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Hatchell missed all of last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. Now cancer-free, Hatchell is back on the sidelines.

The club meets at Bradley Hall in Highland United Methodist Church at 1901 Ridge Road. Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting is from noon until 1 p.m. Attendance fee for members is $15 while guest fee is $25.

Emily-Kate Wallace, a junior captain of the North Raleigh Christian Academy basketball team, will be honored as the RSC’s Student Athlete of the Week.

The annual membership fee is $70, which helps to fund the club’s scholarship fund. Each week from late August to early April meetings include a Southern buffet, door prizes, pick sheets and introduction to a deserving Student Athlete as well as hearing from a prominent sports figure as our guest speaker.
Raleigh Sports Club Membership Form


UNC plays at UCLA in NCAA soccer quarterfinals

uncmenssoccerA spot in the Men’s Soccer College Cup is on the line Saturday night when North Carolina visits No. 2 seed UCLA in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The match will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks starting at 8 p.m. ET.

North Carolina (15-5-1) reached the quarterfinals for the 10th time in school history with a 2-1 win last Sunday at seventh-seed Clemson. Rob Lovejoy scored both goals for the Tar Heels, sending Carolina to the Elite 8 for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Lovejoy was named National Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer for his efforts last weekend in the victory over the Tigers.

Unlike Carolina who will play its third-straight road match this weekend, UCLA (13-4-4) has enjoyed the comforts of home with victories over San Diego and 15th-seed California at Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The Bruins have advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the past six seasons.

UNC senior forward Andy Craven was named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. He leads the nation with eight game-winning goals, and tops the ACC with 14 goals and 33 points.

UCLA senior midfielder Leo Stolz was also one of the 16 players nationwide named to the list. He has totaled nine goals, six assists and 24 points in 2014.

UCLA AND UNC are ranked 1-2 this week according to Top Drawer Soccer. The Bruins finished the regular season No. 3 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and garnered the top RPI ranking this season.

Carolina suffered a 1-0 setback to then No. 1 ranked UCLA on Sunday, Aug. 31 during the opening weekend of the 2014 campaign.

Saturday also marks just the second meeting between the two clubs in the NCAA Championship. UNC advanced past the Bruins by penalty kicks in the 2011 College Cup semifinals in Hoover, Ala. Lovejoy scored in the second half to send the match into overtime. The Tar Heels would capture its second national title with a 1-0 win over Charlotte in the championship match.

Carolina has a 10-1-1 record over its last 12 matches. The Tar Heels have outscored its opponents by a 35-8 margin in the 12 games. Craven has 10 goals and 24 points over this stretch, while Tyler Engel has 13 points, followed by Lovejoy with 12 points and Verneri Valimaa with 10.

UNC leads the country with 49 goals and 149 points this season. The Tar Heels are also second nationally with 7.1 points and 2.33 goals per game, and 51 assists.

Carolina is led on offense by a trio of fifth-year senior forwards – Craven, Engel and Lovejoy have combined for 75 goals in their collegiate careers. Craven tops the group with 30 goals (20 with UNC and 10 at College of Charleston), Engel has 25 career goals (13 at UNC and 12 in two seasons at SMU) and Lovejoy has all 20 of his goals with the Tar Heels.

The winner of UNC-UCLA will take on either Michigan State or Providence in the College Cup semifinals on Friday, Dec. 12 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. UNC has reached the College Cup six times in program history, while UCLA has advanced to the final four 13 times.

- News release


UNC shoots poorly in rare home loss

uncbasketballclipartNorth Carolina shot worse than it has in several years in a rare non-conference loss at home as the Tar Heels fell to Iowa 60-55 Wednesday night.

The Tar Heels had lost just three home non-conference games during the Roy Williams era but shot a miserable 28 percent from the floor in the loss.

Late in the game, Iowa also got seven offensive rebounds on six trips down the floor. The Hawkeyes broke a 51-51 tie with five minutes to go on a 9-4 run to take the win.

“They had one offensive rebound in the first half and 16 in the second half,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “They made plays.”

Iowa’s Mike Gesell, an AAU teammate of fellow Iowan Marcus Paige of UNC, broke a 55-all tie with 1:16 left as he drove the lane, scored and was given a foul on Tar Heel Isiah Hicks.

The three-point play was all the Hawkeyes needed as Paige committed a charge and then missed a long three with five seconds left.

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UNC, Duke well-presented on All-ACC volleyball team

accvolleyballNorth Carolina senior libero Ece Taner has been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, and North Carolina’s Joe Sagula was named Coach of the Year as the All-ACC Volleyball Team was announced Wednesday.

Miami senior outside hitter Savanah Leaf has been selected as the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Year.

Duke’s senior setter Kelsey Williams was named Setter of the Year, and Miami’s Haley Templeton was chosen as the Freshman of the Year. Templeton headlines the nine-person All-Freshman Team. The awards were decided based on a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.

Leaf, a native of San Anselmo, California, ranks first in the conference and 16th in the nation with 4.56 kills per set. She is just the second student-athlete from Miami to earn Player of the Year honors and the first since Lane Carico in 2011. Leaf led the Hurricanes to a third place finish in the conference with a 14-4 record.

Taner earns the second Defensive Player of the Year honors after helping the Tar Heels earn the 2014 ACC Volleyball Title. Taner ranks second in the conference with 4.48 digs per set and becomes the second libero from North Carolina to earn the award since its inception in 2009.

Williams is awarded the first-ever Setter of the Year honor after ranking first in the conference and sixth nationally in assists per set with 11.70. The inaugural winner was instrumental in the Blue Devils’ ACC leading 14.18 assists and 14.97 kills per set.

Templeton is the second Miami student-athlete and the first since Carico in 2008 to be named ACC Freshman of the Year. As a rookie, Templeton ranked second in the conference with 11.02 assists per set and played a key role in Leaf’s conference leading kills per set average.

North Carolina’s Sagula led the Tar Heels to a 26-2 overall and, 17-1 ACC record in earning his fourth ACC Coach of the Year honor (1998, 2002, 2005, 2014). Overall, Sagula has been at the helm for six (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2014) of North Carolina’s 16 conference titles in program history. Under his guidance during the 2014 season, North Carolina saw four players named members of All-ACC teams, a ranking as high as No. 7 in the AVCA poll and the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Eleven different schools are represented on the All-ACC Team, led by Duke and Florida State’s five student-athletes. Four from North Carolina were recognized, followed by three from Louisville, Miami and Pitt, two from Virginia and Virginia Tech and one apiece from Clemson, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

Joining Templeton on the All-Freshman Team are Clemson’s Kate Federico, Florida State’s Milica Kubura, Louisville’s Tess Clark and Maggie Dejong, NC State’s Kaitlyn Kearney, Notre Dame’s Sam Fry and Wake Forest’s Kylie Long and Caroline Wolf.

ACC teams will begin play in the 2014 NCAA Championship on Thursday, Dec. 4, with Florida State in action, while Duke, Miami and North Carolina will get their postseason underway on Friday, Dec. 5.

2014 ACC Volleyball Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Savanah Leaf, Sr., OH, Miami

Defensive Player of the Year: Ece Taner, Sr., L, North Carolina

Setter of the Year: Kelsey Williams, Sr., S, Duke

Freshman of the Year: Haley Templeton, Fr., S, Miami

Coach of the Year: Joe Sagula, North Carolina

2014 All-ACC Volleyball First Team

Jeme Obeime ! Sr. OH Duke

Emily Sklar ! Sr. OH Duke

Kelsey Williams Sr. S Duke

Sarah Burrington So. MB Florida State

Katie Mosher ! Sr. L Florida State

Nicole Walch ! Jr. OH Florida State

Katie George Jr. S Louisville

Janelle Jenkins So. OH Louisville

Savanah Leaf ! Sr. OH Miami

Emani Sims # Sr. MB Miami

Chaniel Nelson # Sr. OPP North Carolina

Paige Neuenfeldt ! Jr. MB North Carolina

Ece Taner Sr. L North Carolina

Amanda Orchard Jr. MH Pitt

Kathryn Caine ! Sr. MB Virginia Tech

Lindsey Owens So. OH Virginia Tech

2014 All-ACC Volleyball Second Team

Karis Watson Sr. MB Clemson

Sasha Karelov So. L Duke

Jordan Tucker So. MB Duke

Katie Horton So. OH Florida State

Kiara Wright Jr. MH Florida State

Tess Clark Fr. MB Louisville

Haley Templeton Fr. S Miami

Victoria McPherson ! Jr. MB North Carolina

Delaney Clesen Sr. L Pitt

Kate Yeazel Sr. RS Pitt

Silvi Uattara So. OH Syracuse

Jasmine Burton ! So. OPP Virginia

Lauren Fuller ! Jr. S Virginia

Jazmen Russell Sr. OH Wake Forest

2014 All-ACC Freshman Team

Kate Federico S Clemson

Milica Kubura RS Florida State

Tess Clark MB Louisville

Maggie Dejong MB Louisville

Haley Templeton S Miami

Kaitlyn Kearney MB NC State

Sam Fry MB Notre Dame

Kylie Long OH Wake Forest

Caroline Wolf L Wake Forest

! – Two-time selection

# – Three-time selection


Four Heels, three Devils take All-America field hockey honors

uncfieldhockey3Fifteen Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey student-athletes earned 2014 All-America honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, the organization announced Monday. The total is the most for any conference in the nation.

All seven ACC teams had at least one player recognized, led by North Carolina which had a national-best four All-Americans. Duke and Syracuse had three players selected, followed by Wake Forest with two and Boston College, Louisville, and Virginia with one each.

Of the 16-member first team, seven are from ACC schools with two from Syracuse and one each from Boston College, Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Four league representatives are on the second team, and four garnered third team honors.

Wake Forest’s Anna Kozniuk is the 14th player in league history to earn four career All-America honors. Boston College’s Emma Plasters, and North Carolina’s Charlotte Craddock and Emily Wold were recognized for the third time.

North Carolina’s field hockey team was ranked No. 1 before losing 3-2 to No. 4 Syracuse in an NCAA semifinal game less than two weeks ago. It was the second year in a row that UNC has been eliminated in a penalty shootout following 70 minutes of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods. The Heels finished the season 19-4.

ACC on the 2014 NFHCA All-America Teams

First Team

Emma Plasteras, Boston College

Alyssa Voelmle, Louisville

Emily Wold, North Carolina

Alyssa Manley, Syracuse

Emma Russell, Syracuse

Tara Vittese, Virginia

Anna Kozniuk, Wake Forest

Second Team

Aileen Johnson, Duke

Lauren Blazing, Duke

Charlotte Craddock, North Carolina

Samantha Travers, North Carolina

Third Team

Abby Beltrani, Duke

Nina Notman, North Carolina

Lieke Visser, Syracuse

Georgia Holland, Wake Forest


ACC proposal would allow loss-of-value insurance

accteamsThe Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday announced three legislative proposals that have been submitted to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process as approved by the league’s Council of Presidents.

The proposals focus on the issues of cost of attendance, loss-of-value insurance and scholarship renewal. The ACC will work with the NCAA to finalize legislative language in anticipation of the January NCAA Convention.

“The ACC’s continued discussions related to enhancing the student-athletes’ experience has resulted in our submission of three legislative proposals,” said Donna E. Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami.

“These three proposals create a pathway to additional benefits for student-athletes, which continues to be the top-priority,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our Council of Presidents and membership will continue to explore ways to enhance our student-athletes’ experience within the collegiate model.”

A brief synopsis of the proposals submitted by the ACC follows:

Cost of attendance: This proposal will permit an institution to provide an athletics scholarship to any student-athlete up to their cost of attendance at the institution. The cost of attendance figure shall be determined using federal regulations and in a manner consistent with institutional policies for the establishment of the value for all students. This proposal will be permissive and apply to student-athletes in all sports. The effective date would by August 1, 2015 and agreements may be executed prior to that date to take effect in the 2015-16 academic year.

Loss-of-value insurance: This proposal is intended to permit a student-athlete to borrow against his or her future earnings potential to obtain loss-of-value insurance. The proposal will make the treatment of loss-of-value insurance consistent with that of disability insurance. The effective date would be immediate.

Scholarship renewal: This proposal precludes an institution from not renewing a student-athlete’s athletic scholarship for athletics performance or injury reasons, even after the period of the award. The effective date would be Aug. 1, 2015.