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No. 1 UCLA tops No. 6 UNC soccer

UCLA's Leo Stolz.

UCLA’s Leo Stolz.

No. 6 North Carolina came up short in a 1-0 setback to top-ranked UCLA Sunday night in the final game of the Carolina Nike Classic from Fetzer Field.

The first half was played fairly even between the two clubs. Each team had five shots and both keepers made two saves in the opening 45 minutes.

The difference was UCLA’s All-America midfielder Leo Stolz found the back of the net in the 31st minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at intermission.

A long ball played to the top of the 18-yard box brought UNC keeper Brendan Moore well of his line. The ricocheted ball found the foot of Stolz and with the goal area fully exposed, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year slotted a shot off the left post and into the net.

That proved to be the game winner as Carolina was unable to shake a very compact and composed Bruin back line.

Carolina held a 10-7 shot advantage with midfielder Omar Holness owning half of the Tar Heel attempts.

Moore made three saves on the night, while UCLA keeper Earl Edwards made a pair of stops.

Carolina will play next Friday at Old Dominion and Sunday at Virginia Commonwealth. Both matches kick at 7 p.m.

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UNC uses third-quarter onslaught to whip Liberty 56-29

Jeff Schoettmer.

Jeff Schoettmer.

North Carolina broke open a close home opener with four third-quarter touchdowns to defeat Liberty 56-29 Saturday night.

The heavily favored Tar Heels led just 21-15 at the half and after a fumble return by Liberty, the Heels trailed 22-21 in the third period.

But Carolina struck quickly and often during a stretch where Liberty turned the ball over three times in five plays. Within about four minutes, the Heels scored four times to take a commanding 49-22 lead.

“The defense started creating all those turnovers,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on that… I think we created more turnovers tonight than we did all of last year. I’m proud of that.”

UNC safety Dominiquie Green recovered three fumbles while linebacker Jeff Schoettmer intercepted a pass and ran it in for a score during that third-quarter onslaught.

“I read the quarterback’s eyes and he threw it right to me,” Schoettmer said. “We had just scored on offense and we wanted to get the ball back.”

Starting QB Marquis Williams found Mack Hollins who ran it in from 33 yards out to give Carolina a 28-22 lead before Schoettmer’s interception.

Seven different Tar Heels scored with Williams running in for two scores. Backup QB Mitch Trubiskey played significant time as well and tossed his first collegiate touchdown to tight end Jack Tabb.

The No. 23 Tar Heels played eight true freshmen and four redshirt freshmen on offense and defense during the game. The inexperience showed as Carolina turned the ball over four times and made several unnecessary penalties (18 for 120 yards). Plus, the Tar Heels, while taking advantage of six Liberty turnovers, turned the ball over four times themselves.

“We had too many interceptions (three) and wasted opportunities,” said Fedora, who added however that he was impressed that his team came out in the third quarter with a lot of energy.

The Tar Heels finished with 443 yards on offense and converted all six times they got in the red zone.

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UNC opens soccer season with 3-1 win over No. 7 Cal

Goals from senior forwards Tyler Engel, Andy Craven and Rob Lovejoy gave No. 6 North Carolina a 3-1 victory over No. 7 California in the 2014 season opener for both clubs Friday night from Fetzer Field.

Carolina (1-0) controlled play at the onset of the game and that ultimately paid dividends when Engel finished from 15 yards in the 19th minute off a feed from Craven.

Minutes later Cal was on the cusp of an equalizer but senior All-America defender Boyd Okwuonu cleared away a ball on the goal line that was going to tie the match in the 21st minute.

Tar Heel defender Jonathan Campbell nearly made it 2-0 with a header off a corner kick, but the Bears defense stood tall to keep the ball from crossing the line.

Just three minutes later, Craven beats the Cal keeper for that two-goal advantage in the 33rd minute. Lovejoy earned the assist as he placed a nice through ball to the foot of Craven.

Cal (0-1) cut its defect in half with a goal from reserve Christian Thierjung in the 36th minute. That was the final tally of the opening half with Carolina taking a 2-1 lead into intermission.

UNC All-ACC keeper Brendan Moore made three brilliant saves in the first 18 minutes of the second half to keep his club on top. He pushed aside a header in the 46th minute, stopped a point-blank shot from Connor Hallisey in the 53th minute and later did the same to Stefano Bonomo in the 63rd minute.

The Tar Heels regained its composure over the final 20 minutes. Lovejoy iced the match with a blue-collar goal in the 83th minute to cap the scoring, 3-1, in favor of Carolina.

Moore was forced to come up with eight saves on the evening, while Cal’s Kevin Peach had four saves over 90 minutes.

Carolina held a 17-13 shot advantage over the Golden Bears, while Cal had seven corners to the Tar Heels five.

UNC hosts No. 1 UCLA on Sunday at 7 p.m. The Bruins earned a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest this evening.

Box score
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UNC, Duke expected to challenge FSU in ACC volleyball

accvolleyballFlorida State, which has won two of the last three and three of the last five Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball league titles, was tabbed as the preseason favorite in a vote by the league’s 15 head coaches.

The Seminoles accumulated a total of 187 out of a possible 196 points. First-place votes were awarded 14 points, second place received 13 points, etc. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish.

Florida State narrowly surpassed second place Duke (181 points) and third place North Carolina (180), while Miami (151) and Louisville (123) rounded out the top five. Virginia’s 113 points placed it ahead of NC State (106), Syracuse (105), Pittsburgh (103) and Virginia Tech (93). Notre Dame (85), Clemson (53), Georgia Tech (40), Wake Forest (39) and Boston College (16) completed the poll.

A total of 11 teams are represented on the 2014 Preseason All-ACC Team. Duke and Florida State lead all conference schools with three selections apiece, followed by Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia with two selections each. NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech all have one selection.

Twelve of the 19 selections were voted to the 2013 All-ACC Team. The squad features AVCA Third Team All-American and 2013 ACC Player of the Year Sklar, along with six others that were named Honorable Mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Florida State returns four starters from last year’s team that earned a 26-7 overall record and a 17-3 mark in league play. The Seminoles were defeated by national runner-up Wisconsin in the third round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.

The 2014 season gets underway on Friday, August 29, with 14 of the conference’s teams in action. The 2014 ACC volleyball champion will be determined by the final regular season standings, with that team receiving an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.

2014 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish

No. Team (First Place) Points 2013 Record (Conference)

1 Florida State (7) 187 26-7 (17-3)

2 Duke (4) 181 28-5 (18-2)

3 North Carolina (4) 180 27-5 (16-4)

4 Miami 151 19-12 (12-8)

5 Louisville 123 23-8 (18-0)

6 Virginia 113 18-14 (11-9)

7 NC State 106 20-12 (11-9)

8 Syracuse 105 16-16 (11-9)

9 Pittsburgh 103 19-14 (11-9)

10 Virginia Tech 93 22-12 (10-10)

11 Notre Dame 85 13-18 (7-13)

12 Clemson 53 15-16 (9-11)

13 Georgia Tech 40 12-20 (6-14)

14 Wake Forest 39 16-16 (5-15)

15 Boston College 16 9-23 (1-19)

2014 Preseason All-ACC Team

Name Class Position School

Emily Sklar Junior Outside Hitter Duke

Jeme Obeime Senior Outside Hitter Duke

Maggie Deichmeister Senior Setter Duke

Nicole Walch Junior Outside Hitter Florida State

Katie Mosher Senior Libero Florida State

Sarah Burrington Sophomore Middle Blocker Florida State

Katie George Junior Setter Louisville

Janelle Jenkins Sophomore Outside Hitter Louisville

Savanah Leaf Senior Outside Hitter Miami

Emani Sims Senior Middle Blocker Miami

Paige Neuenfeldt Junior Middle Blocker North Carolina

Chaniel Nelson Senior Opposite Hitter North Carolina

Jeni Houser Senior Middle Blocker Notre Dame

Dariyan Hopper Senior Outside Hitter NC State

Jessica Wynn Senior Outside Hitter Pittsburgh

Silvi Uattara Junior Outside Hitter Syracuse

Lauren Fuller Junior Setter Virginia

Jasmine Burton Sophomore Outside Hitter Virginia

Kathryn Caine Senior Middle Blocker Virginia Tech

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UNC picked as ACC field hockey favorite; Duke second

uncfieldhockeyNorth Carolina received 31 points and is the preseason favorite to claim the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship, according to a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.

The Tar Heels, who reached the national semifinals in 2013, earned two votes for first place and edged out Duke and Syracuse for the top spot. The Blue Devils, who advanced to the national championship game last year, collected three first-place votes and 30 points, while the Orange received one top selection and 29 points.

Boston College and Wake Forest tied for fourth with 16 points, followed by Virginia in sixth and Louisville in seventh.

Duke and North Carolina led all league programs with three players recognized on the preseason squad. Syracuse and Wake Forest had two players selected, and Boston College and Virginia had one player apiece.

Six of the 11 on the preseason squad were named Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans in 2013, including Boston College’s Emma Plasteras and North Carolina’s Emily Wold, who were selected to the first team. Seven were named to the 2013 All-ACC Team.

ACC teams have won 17 of the 33 NCAA field hockey titles, including 10 of the last 12, and at least one ACC squad has advanced to the national championship for 15 straight years. All seven current ACC programs finished the 2013 season ranked nationally.

2014 ACC Field Hockey Predicted Order of Finish

Team Points

1. North Carolina (2) 31
2. Duke (3) 30
3. Syracuse (1) 29
4. Boston College (1) 16
5. Wake Forest 16
6. Virginia 14
7. Louisville 11

2014 Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team

Emma Plasteras, Sr., M, Boston College
Aileen Johnson, Jr., M, Duke
Amanda Kim, Jr., D, Duke
Lauren Blazing, R-Jr., GK, Duke
Emily Wold, Jr., M/B, North Carolina
Charlotte Craddock, Sr., F, North Carolina
Emma Bozek, Jr., M/F, North Carolina
Kati Nearhouse, R-Sr., F, Syracuse
Alyssa Manley, Jr., M, Syracuse
Tara Vittese, Fr., M, Virginia
Anna Kozniuk, Sr., B/M, Wake Forest
Georgia Holland, R-Sr., M/B, Wake Forest

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ESPN to feature ACC basketball on Big Monday broadcasts

espnbigmondayESPN will again showcase Atlantic Coast Conference basketball during the 2014-15 season as part of its weekly Big Monday.

Eight ACC games will be shown, beginning on Jan. 5 and on consecutive Mondays between Jan. 19 and March 2. Big Monday will take a one-week hiatus as ESPN debuts the inaugural College Football National Championship Game on January 12.

Each Big Monday game involving an ACC team is set for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.

This marks the second consecutive year that ACC basketball games have been featured as part of ESPN’s Big Monday package. Every game on the Big Monday schedule this season will include at least one team ranked in the ESPN.com preseason Top 25 poll, including No. 2 Duke, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 defending ACC champion Virginia, No. 8 Louisville and No. 21 Syracuse.

The complete 2014-15 ACC basketball schedule, with dates, starting times and television broadcast information, will be released later this month.

The ACC Big Monday lineup reads as follows:

January 5 – Notre Dame at North Carolina (ESPN or ESPN2), 7 p.m.
January 19 – Pitt at Duke (ESPN), 7 p.m.
January 26 – Syracuse at North Carolina (ESPN), 7 p.m.
February 2 – Virginia at North Carolina (ESPN), 7 p.m.
February 9 – Duke at Florida State (ESPN), 7 p.m.
February 16 – Pitt at Virginia (ESPN), 7 p.m.
February 23 – Louisville at Georgia Tech (ESPN), 7 p.m.
March 2 – Virginia at Syracuse (ESPN), 7 p.m.

NOTING THE ACC ON ESPN BIG MONDAY

A potential of three ACC top-25 matchups showcasing No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Virginia and No. 21 Syracuse: Syracuse at North Carolina on January 26; Virginia at North Carolina on February 2 and Virginia at Syracuse on March 2.

Duke – ranked preseason No. 2 – is on the schedule twice: at home vs. Pittsburgh on January 19 and at Florida State on February 9.

The Blue Devils add the ESPN 100 top incoming recruit in center Jahil Okafor, as well as guard Tyus Jones, who is ranked fourth.

North Carolina’s one additional appearance is an opening night tilt vs. Notre Dame on January 5.

North Carolina has two top-10 incoming freshman ranked nationally in the ESPN 100: Small forwards Justin Jackson (No. 8) and Theo Pinson (No. 10).

Virginia is also scheduled against Pittsburgh on February 16, as part of Rivalry Week.

New league member Louisville, ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll, has one appearance – at Georgia Tech on February 23.

In 2013-14, for the 12th consecutive year, Louisville was the highest-rated metered market for ESPN’s regular-season telecasts, averaging a 4.5 rating.

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College football playoff to be exciting… and expensive

cfpSo it’s not exactly like having 64 (or 65) teams vying for a national championship in a tournament like basketball but those who have been clamoring for a playoff will see one for college football this season.

Four teams will face off in two bowls games with the two winners playing a national championship game Jan. 12 at North Texas.

This year and for the immediate future there will be three bowl games played on New Year’s Eve and three on New Year’s Day. The College Football Playoff Foundation hopes this not only keep bowls relevant but it starts a tradition of football watching on New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day.

The semi-final playoff games this year will be on New Year’s Day while the games shift to New Year’s Eve next season.

The Sugar and Rose bowls will host the top four teams this season while the Orange and Cotton host next season and the Peach and Fiesta the year after that. The same combination of bowls will host the semi-finals for at least three more years after that.

A college bowl selection committee, rather than a computer system or a writer’s or coaches’ poll, will choose the top four teams to play for the national title. In addition to record, the blue ribbon panel will consider strength of schedule, head to head competition, results against common opponents and championships won.

The idea behind this entire plan, said Mike Kelly from the College Football Playoff group, is to keep the bowl tradition, not infringe on the academic calendar and still make the regular season count.

Revenues should double or triple what they were under the old BCS system, Kelly said. College Football Playoff merchandising income will go to the Foundation arm, which will support various related causes such as rewarding good teachers.

The championship game itself, which will be held 7-12 days after the semi-final games (this season on Jan. 12), will bring in substantial revenue as well. Tickets won’t be cheap at $450 each. Kelly notes that’s half of the price of a Super Bowl ticket. There will also be an entire championship game experience similar to the Super Bowl activities.

“Of course the ticket price for the CFP championship game had nothing to do with Super Bowl price,” Kelly said. “Last year’s national championship game was $385 at the Rose Bowl and that was proven to be below market value. With a new event and with a stadium of the highest quality we felt that going up to $450 was reasonable.”

In today’s climate, I suppose it could be considered reasonable but certainly not for the average family of four. ESPN will be the way to go for most families.

Look for the first College Football Playoff rankings from the committee to begin on Oct. 28 with the final rankings coming out after the conference championship games are complete.

There will be a selection Sunday similar to announcing the basketball tournament. Announcements will be made about the bowl matchups for the six bowls games on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, including the semi-finalists.

While the committee plans to keep lower ranked teams from getting a home-field edge, it could happen. For instance, with the games being at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, consider the far-fetched example that if the top four teams in order are Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Southern Cal.

Either Southern Cal or UCLA, both lower ranked teams, would get to play at the Rose Bowl. It will be interesting to see how the next three seasons play out.

2014-15
Fiesta Bowl – Dec. 31
Orange Bowl – Dec. 31
Peach Bowl – Dec. 31
Cotton Bowl – Jan. 1
Rose Bowl – Jan. 1 (semi-final)
Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1 (semi-final)

Championship game at North Texas Jan. 12

2015-2016
Cotton Bowl – Dec. 31 (semi-final)
Orange Bowl – Dec. 31 (semi-final)
Peach Bowl – Dec. 31
Fiesta Bowl – Jan. 1
Rose Bowl – Jan. 1
Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1

Championship game at Arizona Jan. 11

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UNC’s Fedora doesn’t shy away from his Christianity

UNC coach Larry Fedora.

UNC coach Larry Fedora.

The attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation out of Madison, Wisc. could probably put a satellite office in ACC football country, maybe even in the Triangle.

As background, this past April, the lawyer wrote a letter to Clemson University claiming that football coach Dabo Swinney was comingling religion and athletics to the point that you had to “pray to play.” See the five-page bullying complaint here.

“I can’t come to work and not be a Christian. It’s just the reality of it,” said Swinney, who says he doesn’t make football decisions based on players’ participation in religious activities.

“I have great respect for other people’s faiths and beliefs and all that,” he added. “It’s not my job to judge people. I just am who I am.”

Football and religion is not uncommon.

In Durham, Duke prays before each game and at every practice.

Over in Chapel Hill, UNC coach Larry Fedora is very open about his Christianity.

“It’s extremely important in my life. There’s no doubt about it – I don’t try to hide it,” Fedora said. “I don’t try to hide it in the program either. I really believe when these players come to Carolina, my responsibility is to see them grow academically, socially and spiritually.”

He said that he’s not pushing anything on them but instead is providing an atmosphere that if they want to grow spiritually they can.

The team prays together on occasion, and certainly before and after every game. “We don’t ask for a win,” Fedora said with a laugh. “We ask to keep guys healthy and safe.”

The Tar Heels have a year-round team chaplain, Mitch Mason, who is with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “He does a great job being there for our young men as a mentor, as an ear and as just a friend,” Fedora said. He’s at all the workouts and he has a relationship with all the guys. They can go to his office and talk to him about any problems they are having.”

Fedora says that’s a great thing. Like with Swinney at Clemson, you probably won’t see any changes at Carolina as long as Fedora is there, no matter how many letters the Freedom From Religion Foundation writes.

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Photos from ACC Football Kickoff event





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FSU picked to win ACC title; Duke chosen 2nd in Coastal

accfootballDefending national champion Florida State is the consensus choice to repeat as Atlantic Division champion and defeat Miami in the 10th annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, according to a poll of media members in attendance at the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff at Grandover Resort.

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Walter Camp National Player of the Year Jameis Winston, who led the Seminoles to an unbeaten season and their third national title as a redshirt freshman in 2013, was chosen to repeat as ACC Player of the Year.

Florida State was picked as the likely overall ACC winner on 104 of 112 ballots cast. The Seminoles were picked to finish atop the Atlantic Division by 109 voters and amassed 780 total points. Clemson received the remaining three-first-place votes and placed second with 660. ACC newcomer Louisville placed third at 564, followed by Syracuse (368), NC State (326), Boston College (301) and Wake Forest (136).

Miami’s 26 first-place votes placed third among Coastal Division teams, but the Hurricanes’ 614 total points led overall. Defending division champion Duke received 33 first-place votes and finished with 597 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 571 points and 23 first-place votes. North Carolina was just behind in fourth place with 570 points and 27 first-place votes, followed by Georgia Tech (322 with one first place vote), Pitt (319 with two first-place votes) and Virginia (142).

Winston is one of 15 returning starters for Florida State, which seeks its third straight ACC title. The Seminoles own 14 ACC football championships in 23 seasons as a conference member, tying Clemson for most league titles all-time.

This marks the third time in four years that the Seminoles have led the ACC media preseason voting. Florida State was also voted first in 2011 and 2012, and in each of its first 14 seasons after joining the ACC (1992 through 2005).

Winston led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 99 votes, followed by Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley with six. Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder, Miami running back Duke Johnson and Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley received one vote apiece.

Last season saw Winston, of Bessemer, Alabama, become the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy (19 years, 342 days) and just the second freshman to receive the honor. A dazzling playmaker, he led the Seminoles to a 14-0 record and engineered the game-winning drive in a 34-31 win over Auburn in the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.

Named the offensive MVP of the national title game, Winston also received the Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award as the nation’s best quarterback after setting national freshman records for passing yards (4,057) and touchdown passed (40) in 2013. His pass efficiency rating of 184.8 set an ACC record and led the nation.

ACC Championship Votes

1. Florida State – 104

2. Clemson – 2

3. Virginia Tech – 2

(4 voters made no selection)

Atlantic Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Florida State (109) – 780

2. Clemson (3) – 660

3. Louisville – 564

4. Syracuse – 368

5. NC State – 326

6. Boston College – 301

7. Wake Forest – 136

Coastal Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Miami (26) – 614

2. Duke (33) – 597

3. Virginia Tech (23) – 571

4. North Carolina (27) – 570

5. Georgia Tech (1) – 322

6. Pitt (2) -319

7. Virginia -142

ACC Player of the Year

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – 99

2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson – 6

3. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami – 1

4. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke – 1

5. Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech -1

(4 voters made no selection)