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Carolina women’s soccer earns No. 2 national seed

uncsoccerHighlighted by four Top-4 national seeds, the Atlantic Coast Conference placed six teams in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship field announced Monday afternoon.

ACC Champion Florida State (18-1-1) was awarded a No. 1 national seed to mark the fourth straight year the Seminoles have earned a No. 1 seed (fifth overall). ACC regular season co-champion North Carolina (12-3-2) and the 2014 ACC Championship runner-up Virginia (18-2-0) were given No. 2 national seeds, and Notre Dame (12-5-2) was tabbed a No. 4 seed. All four national seeded teams will host first round games on either Nov. 14, 15 or 16.

Clemson (13-3-2) and Virginia Tech (14-5-0) join those four in the field of 64 to mark the 16th straight year that at least six ACC teams have been selected to the tournament field.

North Carolina will be seeking its 22nd NCAA Championship and 23rd national title overall. The Tar Heels are the only Division I program that has earned a spot in the NCAA Championship each of the 33 years since its inception in 1982 and owns a 118-9-3 record in the event.

Several other ACC teams will extend notable streaks with this year’s NCAA appearances. Notre Dame will play in its 22nd NCAA Tournament and is in search of its fourth title. Virginia is in the field for the 21st straight year and 27th overall. Florida State has been part of the tournament every year since 2000 (15 straight appearances), and has reached the College Cup seven times during that run, including each of the past three seasons. Fresh off its first College Cup berth last season, Virginia Tech is in the tournament for the seventh straight year (eighth overall), while Clemson is among the field of 64 for the first time since the 2007 season and 15th time overall.

First-round matches will be played at campus sites Nov. 14, 15 or 16. First-round matches include Florida State hosting Sun Belt Champion South Alabama (19-2-1), North Carolina hosting Summit League Champion South Dakota State (10-7-2), Virginia hosting Big South Champion High Point (12-4-4), Virginia Tech hosting A-10 Champion Dayton (12-8-2) and Notre Dame hosting Horizon League Champion Valparaiso (14-1-4). Clemson will travel to Columbia, S.C., for its first-round match against South Carolina (13-5-3). The Tigers defeated the Gamecocks earlier this season, 1-0, on Sept. 5.

Second round matches will be played Friday, Nov. 21, at campus sites, and third-round matches will be played Sunday, Nov. 23, at the same campus sites. Quarterfinal matches will be played Nov. 28 and 29, also on campus sites.

The 33rd annual NCAA Women’s College Cup will be played Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 at FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The first national semifinal on Friday, Dec. 5 will be played and shown live on ESPNU at 5 p.m., and the second semifinal will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. and air live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., and will also broadcast live on ESPNU.


UNC field hockey hosts NCAA tourney games; Duke also makes field

uncfieldhockeySix ACC field hockey teams earned bids to the 2014 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, announced Sunday night by the NCAA Field Hockey committee. The league claimed five of the eight at-large spots in the tournament and two of the four host sites were awarded to ACC programs.

North Carolina earned the top overall seed and will host first and second round games. Syracuse was also selected as a host site and enters the field as the No. 4 seed. Wake Forest clinched the league’s automatic berth by winning the ACC Championship, while Boston College, Duke, and Louisville claimed at-large bids and will begin tournament play on the road.

The announcement marks the second-straight year that at least six ACC teams have earned a postseason bid, while at least half of the league has claimed a tournament spot for 20 straight years.

North Carolina (17-3), the top overall seed in the tournament for the third time in the past four years, will face the winner of the Richmond/ Liberty play-in game. The Tar Heels will be making their 31st appearance in the tournament in the last 32 years. Duke (12-6) will also open tournament play in Chapel Hill and will face Big Ten champion Northwestern in the first round. Both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils advanced to the national semifinals last season, with Duke finishing as the national runner-up.

Syracuse (15-5) earned a postseason bid for the seventh consecutive year and second straight as a host site. The Orange will take on Boston University in the first round. Boston College (13-6) will play Penn State in the opening round at Syracuse.

ACC champion Wake Forest (14-6) is in the field for the 14th time in the last 16 years and will face Albany in the first round in College Park, Maryland.

Louisville (15-5) is headed to Storrs, Connecticut, and will open tournament play against Stanford. The Cardinals are making their fourth tournament appearance in program history and first since 2008.

The six ACC tournament teams are ranked in the top 11 spots in the NFHCA Top 20, and have all been ranked during the entire season. The league combined to go 70-11 against nonconference competition, the best record of any conference, and was 19-4 against NCAA tournament teams during the regular season.

The first round on Saturday, Nov. 15, and the second round on Sunday, Nov. 16, will be held at campus sites. The semifinals and championship, hosted by the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, will be played on Nov. 21 and 23.


Duke, UNC fall in men’s ACC soccer tournament

uncsoccer2Top-ranked Syracuse beat Duke 2-0 while Louisville upset North Carolina 1-0 in the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship Quarterfinal this afternoon in front of 2,533 fans at Syracuse Soccer Stadium.

The Orange scored a pair of first-half goals and locked down Duke’s offense in the second half to post a 2-0 win over the No. 7 seed Blue Devils.

Duke drops to 9-9-1 overall record, while Syracuse moves to 15-2-1 on the year.

“Credit to Syracuse today,” said head coach John Kerr. “We gave up that early goal and they were organized and strong in the back to keep us off the board. I’m proud of the way these guys played hard in these past four games and the senior leadership we’ve gotten in this final stretch of the season.”

No. 2 and third-seed North Carolina were knocked out of the tournament by the 19th-ranked and sixth-seeded Cardinal.

Louisville (9-6-3) got the only goal of the match in the 76th minute by Ivan Gutierrez off a feed from Ricardo Velazco.

UNC held a 9-6 shot advantage over the Cardinals.

The Blue Devils and the Tar Heels will await their fate for NCAA Tournament selections on Monday, Nov. 17.


Cavs beat Heels to advance to ACC women’s soccer title game

virginiasoccerThe No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 18-1, advanced to Sunday’s ACC championship match with a 2-0 win over No. 2 ranked North Carolina, 12-2-1, in Friday night’s ACC women’s soccer semifinals in Greensboro. UVa will face top-seeded Florida State, who beat Notre Dame 3-1 in Friday’s other semifinal.

That’s a rematch of UVa’s only loss this season, a 1-0 FSU win in Tallahassee on September 28.

Makenzy Doniak and Morgan Reuther scored the Cavaliers’ two goals against Carolina in the first half. The Cavs outshot the Tar Heels 10-5.


Duke women 7th, UNC 13th in USA Today basketball poll

Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams.

Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams.

ACC women’s basketball is well represented in the USA Today Sports Preseason coaches poll and the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team announced this week.

The ACC has five teams ranked in the Top 25, including four in the Top 13. Notre Dame is the highest ranked ACC team at No. 3, while Duke is ranked No. 7, Louisville No. 11, North Carolina No. 13 and Syracuse No. 25. ACC Teams receiving votes include Florida State and NC State.

Two ACC student-athletes are among the five selected to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team in Notre Dame junior Jewell Loyd and Duke senior Elizabeth Williams.

Loyd, the ACC’s Preseason Player of the Year as selected by Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s head coaches, is back for her junior season following a successful sophomore campaign. A Wade Trophy and Wooden Award finalist as a sophomore and the MVP of last season’s ACC Tournament, Loyd averaged a team-high 18.6 points, plus 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and team-high 1.6 steals per game. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native scored in double figures in every game (including 13 games of 20 points or more) and earned spots on the Associated Press, USBWA, WBCA, espnW and Full Court Press All-America teams.

Williams enters her final year at Duke after becoming the first Blue Devil in school history to be named Associated Press All-America in each of her first three years. The three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Williams averaged 13.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals as a junior.

The 6-3 forward/center needs 104 blocks to break the Duke and ACC career blocks record held by Alison Bales (434). She also is 24 blocks away from 25th on the NCAA career blocks list (331). Williams currently ranks third on the ACC’s all-time blocks list.

The 2014-15 women’s basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 14 with 12 ACC teams in action.

For more information on ACC women’s basketball, visit theACC.com and be sure to follow on Twitter: @accwbb.

Last week’s First-place

Rank School (record) Points rank votes

1. Connecticut (40-0 800 1 32

2. South Carolina (29-5) 739 9 0

3. Notre Dame (37-1) 736 2 0

4. Tennessee (29-6) 683 8 0

5. Texas A&M (27-9) 630 10 0

6. Stanford (33-4) 608 3 0

7. Duke (28-7) 566 13 0

8. Maryland (28-7) 543 4 0

9. Baylor (32-5) 531 6 0

10. Kentucky (26-9) 484 11 0

11. Louisville (33-5) 474 5 0

12. Texas (22-12) 458 NR 0

13. North Carolina (27-10) 407 7 0

14. California (22-10) 366 20 0

15. Michigan State (23-10) 343 23 0

16. Nebraska (26-7) 305 17 0

17. West Virginia (30-5) 274 12 0

18. DePaul (29-7) 246 16 0

19. Iowa (27-9) 217 NR 0

20. Oklahoma State (25-9) 164 15 0

21. Oregon State (24-11) 123 25 0

22. Dayton (23-8 117 NR 0

23. UCLA (13-18) 116 NR 0

24. LSU (21-13) 65 24 0

25. Syracuse (23-10) 55 NR 0

Others receiving votes: Penn State (24-8) 50; Rutgers (28-9) 45; Purdue (22-9) 37; Georgia (20-12) 29; Vanderbilt (18-13) 24; Gonzaga (29-5) 17; Brigham Young (28-7) 16; Florida State (21-12) 16; St. John‘s (23-11) 16; North Carolina State (25-8) 14; Iowa State (20-11) 12; South Florida (23-13) 11; Ohio State (17-18) 10; Arkansas (19-11) 9; Oklahoma (18-15) 8; Oregon (16-16) 8; Middle Tennessee (29-5) 7; Southern California (22-13) 7; Western Kentucky (24-9) 5; James Madison (29-6) 3; Arizona State (23-10) 2; Albany (28-5) 1; Arkansas State (22-12) 1; Cal State Northridge (18-15) 1; Marist (27-7) 1.


UNC freshman leads women’s soccer into ACC tourney

Megan Buckingham.

Megan Buckingham.

North Carolina forward Megan Buckingham received the nod as ACC Freshman of the Year as voted upon by the ACC’s 14 head coaches for women’s soccer and announced on Thursday.

Buckingham is the sixth Tar Heel to be voted ACC Freshman of the Year and the first since Lindsay Tarpley in 2002. The Novi, Michigan, native has appeared in all 16 of UNC’s matches with 14 starts. She is tied for the team lead in goals with four and ranks fifth in total points scored with eight. Two of her goals were game-winners, helping nationally fifth-ranked UNC (12-2-2, 9-0-1) to a share of the ACC regular-season crown.

The 2014 ACC Women’s Soccer Championship opens Friday, Nov. 7 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium with a pair of semifinal matches. No. 1 seed Florida State will play No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m., while No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 3 seed Virginia will meet in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN3. Sunday’s Championship match will kick off shortly after 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

The complete 2014 All-ACC Women’s Soccer Team and All-Freshman Team are listed below.

2014 ACC Women’s Soccer Awards

Coach of the Year: Mark Krikorian, Florida State

Offensive Player of the Year: Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State

Midfielder of the Year: Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia

Defensive Player of the Year: Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State

Freshman of the Year: Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina

First Team

Stephanie McCaffrey, Sr., F, Boston College

Kailen Sheridan, So., GK, Clemson

Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sr., M, Florida State

Kristin Grubka, Sr., D, Florida State

Katie Bowen, Jr., D, North Carolina

Satara Murray, Sr., D, North Carolina

Cari Roccaro, Jr., M, Notre Dame

Morgan Brian, Sr., M, Virginia

Danielle Colaprico, Sr., M, Virginia

Makenzy Doniak, Jr., F, Virginia

Murielle Tiernan, So., F, Virginia Tech

Second Team

Hayley Dowd, So., F, Boston College

Catrina Atanda, So., M, Clemson

Christina Gibbons, So., M, Duke

Toni Payne, So., M, Duke

Jamia Fields, Sr., M, Florida State

Cassie Miller, Fr., GK, Florida State

Joanna Boyles, So., M, North Carolina

Morgan Andrews, So., M, Notre Dame

Katie Naughton, Jr., D, Notre Dame

Emily Sonnett, Jr., D, Virginia

Ashley Meier, Jr., M, Virginia Tech

Third Team

Gabby Byorth, So., D, Clemson

Berglind Thorvaldsdottir, So., F, Florida State

Isabella Schmid, Jr., M, Florida State

Emily Bruder, So., F, North Carolina

Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina

Lauren Bohaboy, Sr., F, Notre Dame

Kaela Little, So., GK, Notre Dame

Brittany Ratcliffe, Jr., F, Virginia

Candace Cephers, So., M, Virginia Tech

Jordan Coburn, Jr., D, Virginia Tech

Shannon Mayrose, GS, F, Virginia Tech

All-Freshman Team

Allyson Swaby, Fr., D, Boston College

Ashton Miller, Fr., M, Duke

Salma Anastasio, Fr., F, Clemson

Shannon Horgan, Fr., F, Clemson

Imani Dorsey, Fr., F, Duke

Emma Koivisto, Fr., D, Florida State

Megan Buckingham, Fr., F, North Carolina

Jessie Scarpa, Fr., D, North Carolina

Sabrina Flores, Fr., D, Notre Dame

Courtney Brosnan, Fr., GK, Syracuse

Madi Conyers, Fr., M, Virginia Tech


Carolina field hockey beats Duke in OT to advance to ACC semifinals

uncfieldhockey2Nina Notman converted a penalty stroke with seven minutes left in the first overtime as No. 2 North Carolina defeated host and seventh-seeded Duke, 2-1, in the first round of the 2014 ACC Field Hockey Championship in Durham.

The win sends North Carolina to the semifinals, where it will take on Syracuse who advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament with a 5-2 upset over Boston College.

After a scoreless first half, the Blue Devils broke the tie five minutes after the break when Jessica Buttinger fed a pass across the front of goal and found freshman Ashley Kristen on the back post who scored for her fourth of the season.

North Carolina tallied the equalizer in the 46th minute as Samantha Travers fired a shot off a penalty corner, which was deflected in by Emma Bozek for her team-leading 12th goal on the year.

The game winner came after North Carolina’s Emily Wold was awarded a penalty stroke. Notman sent the stroke past Duke goalkeeper Lauren Blazing for her 11th goal of the season and a 2-1 North Carolina victory.

“It’s not easy to beat Duke at Duke, and we knew that coming in,” said North Carolina head coach Karen Shelton. “I’m incredibly proud of our team and of Nina Notman for performing under pressure.”

North Carolina held an 11-9 advantage in shots and had four penalty corners to Duke’s two.

With the win, the Tar Heels move to 43-13 all-time in ACC Tournament play and 3-0 in overtime this season.


Durham Bulls receive minor leagues’ top award at winter meetings

durhambullsawardMinor League Baseball has announced the Durham Bulls are the recipient of the 41st annual John H. Johnson President’s Award. The Bulls will receive Minor League Baseball’s top honor at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet Sunday, December 8, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

The John H. John’s President’s Award has been presented annually since 1974 to honor the complete baseball franchise. The award’s criteria are based on financial stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry. This is the second time the Bulls have won this award, the first being in 1989 when the club was a Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the Carolina League. They are the only franchise to earn the honor at different classifications. Since 1990, the team has been owned by the Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company.

The 2014 season was perhaps the most historic campaign in the 112-year history of the Durham Bulls, as the organization witnessed a single-season paid attendance record, renovated ballpark, All-Star Game and an International League South Division Championship. The Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A affiliate drew a record-setting 533,033 fans to Durham Bulls Athletic Park, breaking the franchise’s all-time single-season paid attendance record of 520,952 which was set in 2007.

“On behalf of the entire Durham Bulls organization, we are honored to be selected as the 2014 John H. Johnson President’s Award winner,” said Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling. “When reflecting on the progress this industry has made over the past decade and how many strong franchises there are across the nation, we are humbled to receive Minor League Baseball’s highest accolade.”

“Our 2014 season was historic in so many ways and we are beyond proud of our front office staff and game day team. It is their talent, passion, and dedication that continue to make the Durham Bulls brand a special one,” added Birling.

The Durham Bulls oversaw a massive $20 million renovation of Durham Bulls Athletic Park prior to the 2014 season, an ambitious project that was completed in six months as the team prepared for Triple-A All-Star festivities. Among the improvements were the installations of four state-of-the-art video displays, a robust Wi-Fi network capable of serving 8,000 simultaneous users, an all-new playing surface, and new seating and field lighting throughout the stadium. The renovation also included the construction of the new PNC Triangle Club, an upscale 5,000 square foot event space, and Jackie’s Landing, a popular social area that provides fans with unique food and drink options and an uninterrupted view of the field and Downtown Durham skyline.

The DBAP and the Durham Bulls hosted the 2014 Cree Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16, the first time the Bull City played host to a midsummer classic since 1997, when it hosted the Advanced-A Carolina League-California League All-Star Game. After a week of All-Star festivities, including an All-Star Fan Fest, All-Star Block Party and the Triple-A Home Run Derby, 10,274 fans flocked to the DBAP to see the International and Pacific Coast Leagues face off in one of Minor League Baseball’s premier events. Four Durham Bulls players and manager Charlie Montoyo represented the IL, and helped their team to a 7-3 victory over the PCL.

Additionally, on Sept. 1, the Bulls formally announced an extension of their Player Development Contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 17-year affiliation between the Bulls and Rays, the third-longest in the International League, has provided the Bulls unparalleled success. The franchise has won 12 division titles and earned 13 playoff berths in that span, while winning the 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2013 Governors’ Cup crowns. Additionally, the 2009 season saw the squad earn the title of Triple-A National Champions.

“The Durham Bulls have been an example in Minor League Baseball for a number of years and have contributed immensely to the growth and stability our industry has experienced over the past few decades,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. “The Bulls celebrated one of the most memorable years in their storied history and it is only fitting their efforts be capped by being honored with the 2014 John H. Johnson President’s Award. On behalf of Minor League Baseball, I congratulate the entire Durham Bulls organization on a remarkable season and wish them continued success in the future.”

“Thank you to our fans for years of amazing support, but especially during this All-Star season, which resulted in a record-breaking single-season attendance number. Additionally, thank you to our corporate partners for their ongoing support of Durham Bulls baseball,” remarked Birling.

“Finally, our gratitude goes to the Tampa Bay Rays and its incredible front office staff, along with the staff from the International League and its president Randy Mobley. Both relationships are imperative to our continued success and we are thrilled to be associated with such class organizations.”

“Every member of the Bulls front office staff should take great pride in what this award represents,” said Randy Mobley, International League President. “Minor League Baseball is fortunate to have many very well-run franchises and this award goes to the best of the best. The team that Mike Birling has assembled not only continues to excel at what they do on a daily basis, but the efforts put forth in hosting the Triple-A National Championship Game in 2012 and the Triple-A All-Star Game this past July were nothing short of extraordinary.”

“The International League could not be more proud of what these individuals and this franchise continues to accomplish. A more deserving recipient of the John H. Johnson President’s Award does not exist,” added Mobley.

- News release


ACC notes: Duke ranked in inaugural college playoff rankings

dukefootballFour ACC teams were ranked in the inaugural College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 rankings on Oct 28 with Florida State (2), Clemson (21), Duke (24) and Louisville (25) all earning a spot.

Three ACC teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches poll this week with Florida State remaining No. 2, but Clemson climbing to No. 19 in both polls and Duke at No. 22 in AP and 20 in the Coaches. Additionally, three other ACC teams received votes in the Coaches poll: Georgia Tech, Louisville and Miami, with Tech and Louisville also earning votes in AP.

In all, seven ACC teams are bowl eligible: Boston College, Clemson Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Miami.

The competition for the Coastal Division crown is still crowded, but clutch wins last weekend by Duke, Georgia Tech
and Miami have pushed those three teams to the forefront. Duke, the defending Coastal champion, has a one-game lead and would clinch its berth in Charlotte by winning out at Syracuse, and at home against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

On Saturday, Coastal Division leader and 22nd-ranked Duke, coached by David Cutcliffe travels to meet Syracuse in
the Carrier Dome (12:30 p.m., Regional Sports Networks) in one of three cross divisional contests slated for this weekend.

The Atlantic Division holds a 90-82 advantage since the ACC went to divisional play for the 2005 season, but the divisions have split the six prior meetings this year.

The Blue Devils, led by QB Anthony Boone, WR Jamison Crowder and LB David Helton are looking to maintain their hold on the Coastal Division race, having won 15 of their last 18 games.

Boone has a 15-3 record as Duke’s starting QB, while Crowder moved into second place on the ACC’s career receiving lists last week and now has 247 career receptions.

Helton leads the ACC in tackles per game 10.9 and was named one of the 17 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame’s Scholar-Athletes for 2014.

Last Saturday, QB Thomas Sirk powered his way into the end zone from five yards out on Duke’s second overtime possession, lifting the visiting Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1) to the key Coastal Division 51-48 victory over Pitt. Sirk’s winning score came after Duke QB Anthony Boone and Pitt RB James Conner traded touchdown runs on the first possessions
of overtime and Panthers PK Chris Blewitt — who missed a 26-yard attempt that could have won the game at the end of regulation — connected on a 43-yarder to give Pitt (4-5, 2-3) a short-lived three-point lead.

NC State
Georgia Tech will look to keep pace with Duke when the Yellow Jackets travel to Raleigh, N.C. to meet NC State at Carter-Finley (12:30 p.m., ACC Network.)

The Wolfpack, coached by Dave Doeren, and led by QB Jacoby Brissett on offense and DE Art Norman on defense,
need one more victory to become bowl eligible.

Brissett is third in the ACC in total offense (242.9 yds/gm) while Norman is tied for 6th in the league in sacks.

Last Saturday, the Wolfpack (5-4, 1-4) earned its first ACC victory since late in the 2012 season with a 24-17 road win at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. With his team down 14-9 in the third quarter, NC State DE Pharoah McKever returned an interception 82 yards for the go-ahead score and changed the momentum of the game. The Pack defense caused three second-half turnovers and had eight sacks on the day to secure the win.

RB Duke Johnson rushed for 177 yards, including touchdown runs of 1 and 90 yards, as the Miami Hurricanes (6-3, 3-2) earned bowl eligibility and remained in the Coastal Division chase with their third consecutive win – a 47-20 whipping of North Carolina.

Johnson, who now has 3,080 career rushing yards and passed Edgerrin James for second place on Miami’s all-time list, also raced 37 yards for another touchdown on a screen pass from QB Brad Kaaya, who finished his day with three touchdown passes.

Miami RB Joe Yearby added another 104 yards rushing, and TE Clive Walford had two touchdown catches, becoming the first Miami tight end to do so in a single game since Greg Olsen in 2005.

QB Marquise Williams had a pair of touchdown runs, and LB Cayson Collins returned a fumble 39 yards for a score for North Carolina (4-5, 2-3), But Miami limited the Tar Heels to just six net yards rushing and 258 total yards — their lowest output under third-year head coach Larry Fedora and their least since Nov. 5, 2011, versus NC State. UNC had averaged 448 yards per contest in its previous 36 games.


ACC soccer tourney: State travels to Duke, Heels hosts Louisville

accsoccerchamp2Notre Dame and Syracuse hold the top two seeds for the 28th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, set to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The Irish, the defending national champions, finished the regular season with 19 points in league play to clinch the Coastal Division title and the top overall seed. Fifth-ranked Notre Dame (10-4-3, 6-1-1 ACC) will open play in the tournament when it hosts the winner of No. 9 Virginia Tech (7-7-2, 2-5-1) and No. 8 Virginia (9-5-2, 3-3-2) in the quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Syracuse (14-2-1, 5-2-1), currently ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA Poll, earned a shared of the Atlantic Division title with 16 points and will host a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 10 NC State (7-6-4, 1-4-3) and No. 7 Duke (8-8-1, 4-4-0).

North Carolina (12-4-1, 5-2-1) claimed the No. 3 seed with 16 points in ACC play and is ranked No. 6 nationally. The Tar Heels will host sixth-seeded and 22nd-ranked Louisville (8-6-3, 4-3-1), which will be making its ACC Championship debut, in the quarterfinals.

Clemson (10-6-1, 5-2-1), which earned a share of the Atlantic Division title, will be the fourth seed in the tournament and will host fifth-seeded Wake Forest (10-7-0, 5-3-0) on Nov. 9. The Tigers won the regular season match between the two teams, 3-1, on Sept. 26.

The first round and quarterfinal games will be held on campus sites, with the first round on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and the quarterfinals on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The semifinals and championship will be hosted by WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 and the final at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Single session tickets for the games at WakeMed Soccer Park are available for $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.

For more information on ACC Men’s Soccer, visit theACC.com or follow on Twitter @ACCMSoccer. Fans are encouraged to use the #ACCMSoccer hashtag during the championship.

2014 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

Wednesday, November 5 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 – No. 9 Virginia Tech at No. 8 Virginia, 7 p.m.
Match 2 – No. 10 NC State at No. 7 Duke, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 9 (Campus Sites)
Match 3 –Match 1 Winner at No. 1 Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 5 Wake Forest at No. 4 Clemson, 1 p.m.
Match 5 – No. 6 Louisville at No. 3 North Carolina, 1 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 2 Winner at No. 2 Syracuse, 1 p.m.

Friday, November 14 (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
Semifinal #1 (ESPN3), 5:30 p.m.
Semifinal #2 (ESPN3), 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 16 (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
ACC Championship Game (ESPNU), 2:00 p.m.