Fanfare: A look at college sports news in brief
No. 1 UNC women’s lacrosse wins ACC opener
CHAPEL HILL — Defending national champion North Carolina got hat tricks from four players and won its 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference opener 19-9 over new member Notre Dame at Fetzer Field Thursday.
Freshman Carly Reed led the Tar Heels with a season-high five goals and one assist.
UNC improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the ACC with the victory. The Tar Heels have won nine games in a row dating back to last season. Notre Dame falls to 2-2, 0-2 in conference play.
Fellow freshman Sydney Holman had three goals and two assists, Maggie Bill two goals and one assist and Molly Hendrick two goals. Senior Abbey Friend (three goals and two assists) and sophomore Aly Messinger (three goals and two assists) also had key performances in the victory. Senior Taylor George added a goal, as did senior Sloane Serpe, who had an assist in the first half for her first career point in her 66th career game.
Friend, Messinger and Serpe all were named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award on Thursday.
Duke’s Jabari Parker a finalist for pair of awards
DURHAM — Duke’s Jabari Parker has been selected as a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy and the Intergris Wayman Tisdale Award (Freshman of the Year) as announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Thursday.
Parker is averaging 18.8 points and an ACC-leading 8.9 rebounds per game for the 23-6 (12-4) Blue Devils. He has set a Duke freshman record with 15 20-point games, while also leading the conference with 12 double-doubles. Parker ranks among the league leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds. He has also been named ACC Player of the Week two times, while claiming Rookie of the Week accolades nine times.
The Chicago, Ill., native has scored in double figures 27 times, including each of the past 11 games. Parker opened the season with seven straight 20-point games to become the first freshman to accomplish that feat since Kevin Durant (2006-07).
No. 17 Duke men net 11-0 win over Coastal Carolina
DURHAM — Competing for the first time since Feb. 9, the 17th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team returned to dual match play in convincing form, sweeping Coastal Carolina in four doubles and seven singles matches Thursday at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The 11-0 victory pushed Duke to 6-3 on the season.
ECU to travel to Gainesville to meet Gators in 2015
GREENVILLE — East Carolina and Florida have agreed on a single-game contract for the Pirates and Gators to play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Sept. 12, 2015.
The meeting will mark ECU’s second visit to Gainesville and first since 1983 when then-No. 6 Florida used a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by Neal Anderson to post a 24-17 victory.
ECU’s 2015 non-conference schedule now includes road games at Florida and BYU with home matchups again Virginia Tech and an opponent to be announced.
No. 1 Duke to host No. 25 Notre Dame in women’s tennis
DURHAM — The No. 1 Duke women’s tennis team (9-1) welcomes two ACC opponents this weekend, taking on No. 25 Notre Dame (5-4) at 6 p.m. today in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and No. 11 North Carolina (10-2) at noon Sunday at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
All regular season Duke women’s tennis home events at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and Ambler Tennis Stadium are free to the public. General public parking is available in the Blue Zone parking lot off of Duke University Road.
Duke women take ACC Indoor Championships lead
CLEMSON, S.C. — The Duke men’s and women’s track and field teams opened day one of the ACC Indoor Championships with impressive showings from both the multi-event athletes and distance medley relays.
The Duke women’s distance medley was crowned conference champions after becoming the first Duke DMR to place first at the ACC Indoor Championship since 2007, while redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot earned a second-place finish in the pentathlon to lead the Duke multi-event athletes.
The efforts catapulted the Duke women into first place with 23 points after two events. The men sit in seventh-place with two points after one event.
The Duke women hold an 11-point lead over second place North Carolina. Maryland accumulated 10 points in day one of competition, and currently sits in third, while Notre Dame (8), Wake Forest (5), Virginia Tech (5), Florida State (4), Syracuse (4), Boston College (3), Virginia (3) and Miami (1) round out the teams in the women’s competition.
In the men’s competition, Notre Dame leads with 10 points after winning the DMR. Georgia Tech sits in second with eight points, while North Carolina (6), Virginia Tech (4), Virginia (4), NC State (3) and Syracuse (1), comprise the other teams who have scored in the first event of the meet.
The Duke women’s DMR of sophomore Anima Banks, junior Lauren Hansson, junior Abby Farley and graduate student Audrey Huth captured the title in the event after running what amounted to a tactical race.