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As the No. 8 seed out of 10 seeds in the ACC Tournament, UNC barely made it in after dropping six consecutive ACC games over the last two weekends.
UNC's final four drought in men's lacrosse since 1993 continues
For the fifth time in the last seven years, the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team is final four-bound. Despite trailing unseeded Big Ten champion Penn State by as many as four goals in the second half — matching the team’s largest deficit this season — the No. 2 Tar Heels used their signature grit to push back against the Nittany Lions for an 11-8 win Saturday. With the win, the Tar Heels are bound for the final four in Philadelphia to face rival Duke with a national title game berth on the line.
Louisville and Miami are the top two seeds for the ACC baseball tournament and North Carolina will be part of the opening day schedule on Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. ... UNC to open play at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The Duke men’s golf team capped off the NCAA Lubbock Regional with a two-over 286 to finish third and advance to the NCAA Championship tournament with an eight-under 844 here Saturday. Freshman Adam Wood and sophomore Max Greyserman paced the Blue Devils Saturday with two-under 69s at the Rawls Course (par 71, 7,349 yards).
Duke finished the 2015 season with a series-clinching, 8-1 victory over Wake Forest Saturday at Jack Coombs Field.
Playing their last game at Koskinen Stadium, a core group of Duke senior women’s lacrosse players achieved something they’d waited their entire careers to feel on Saturday. Clamp-down defense and just enough effective plays on offense led No. 3-seeded Duke to a 7-3 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Princeton. For the first time since 2011, Duke (16-4) will play in the sport’s final four.
With only the top five regional team finishers advancing to the national championship tournament on May 29, the Tar Heels were eliminated and their season ended.
North Carolina will play in a Tuesday opening game at the ACC Baseball Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
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For teams fortunate enough to advance past their regular season, the postseason ushers in entirely different animal as the teams reset ahead of the do-or-die grind.
Former ACC rivals play with spot in men's lacrosse final four on the line