Fanfare-Colleges: Duke field hockey shocks No. 1 UNC
Duke upsets No. 1 UNC; ends 3-year ACC streak
CHAPEL HILL — After 100 minutes of field hockey Friday evening at Francis E. Henry Stadium, the ACC battle between No. 13 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina was finally decided by a shootout, with the Blue Devils earning the victory, 3-2.
The Tar Heels fall to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in ACC play, while Duke improves to 7-2 (1-0 ACC).
The loss was UNC’s first in regular-season ACC play since 2010 and the first time the Tar Heels have fallen at home since 2011.
“Obviously we’re disappointed not to get the outcome that we wanted,” UNC coach Karen Shelton said. “I thought it was a tremendous crowd — great energy here at Henry Stadium. I’m really proud of our Tar Heels for the effort – that was a long, hard-fought game.
“We had plenty of chances but credit goes to Duke’s goalie. I thought Lauren Blazing was outstanding today. Twenty-two saves on the day – that’s an impressive statistic.”
Canes close out preseason
RALEIGH — Cam Ward made 18 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Friday in their preseason finale.
Patrick Dwyer had the only goal, snapping a wrist shot past Ryan Miller from a sharp angle in the second period. Jordan Staal and Ron Hainsey each had an assist.
Miller made 29 saves for the Sabres.
The Hurricanes finished with a 3-3-0 record in the preseason, winning their final three games. Carolina will open the regular season Friday at home against Detroit.
Buffalo went 4-2-1 in the preseason, losing three of its last four. The Sabres also begin the season against the Red Wings, traveling to Detroit on Wednesday.
Notre Dame upends Duke
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Fourth-ranked Notre Dame tallied a pair of goals in the final two minutes to hand Duke a 3-1 setback in ACC men’s soccer action this evening at Alumni Stadium. Junior Jack Coleman had the goal for the Blue Devils.
Duke falls to 4-3-2 and 0-3-1 in ACC play, while Notre Dame improves to 4-0-3 and 2-0-2 in conference action.
Blue Devils stop Virginia
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke volleyball team won its sixth-straight match Friday, downing Virginia 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-17) in the two teams’ ACC opener at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Junior outside hitter Jeme Obeime led all players with 16 kills while sophomore outside hitter Emily Sklar added 12 for the Blue Devils.
UNC women drop Notre Dame
CHAPEL HILL — No. 14 Carolina grabbed its second victory of the year against Notre Dame on Friday, winning in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-22) in the Irish’s first-ever ACC volleyball match.
The Tar Heels posted a season-high 13 aces while hitting .370 behind Jovana Bjelica’s 16 kills and Leigh Andrew’s eight kills and four blocks.
ACC to re-sanction fencing
DURHAM — After a 34-year hiatus, the Atlantic Coast Conference will add men’s and women’s fencing as league-sanctioned sports beginning in 2014-15, ACC officials announced Friday.
Duke will join Boston College, North Carolina and Notre Dame as the four league schools that will vie for the annual ACC Men’s and Women’s Fencing Championships. The ACC featured fencing beginning in 1971 until discontinuing the sport after the 1980 season.
NCCU golf opens in Atlanta
DURHAM — The N.C. Central University men’s golf team opens the 2013-14 campaign at the National HBCU Invitational today and Sunday at Browns Mill Golf Club in Atlanta.
The Eagles return all six letterwinners from last year, including the team MVPs from the past two seasons. Senior Glendon Mabe, the reigning MVP, posted a team-best scoring average of 77.4 in 2012-13, while senior Spencer Jones, the 2011-12 MVP, followed close behind with a scoring average of 77.7.
Earnhardt Jr. wins Dover pole
DOVER, Del. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned a track record lap of 161.849 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway.
The top four qualifiers Friday for Sunday’s race are all from the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Points leader Matt Kenseth starts second, Ryan Newman is third and Carl Edwards fourth.
Other Chase drivers include: Jimmie Johnson starts eighth, Joey Logano 11th, Kevin Harvick 12th, Kyle Busch 14th, Jeff Gordon 16th, Greg Biffle 19th, Kasey Kahne 20th, and Clint Bowyer starts 23rd.
Tiger wins player of the year
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time on the strength of his five big wins and return to No. 1 in the world.
It was the third time Woods won the Jack Nicklaus Award despite not winning a major. He made up for that with two World Golf Championships and The Players Championship among his five wins. No one else won more than twice this year, and Woods won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average and the PGA Tour money title.