The extra emotion of playing a fierce rival with a berth in the national championship game on the line can be a tough thing for college athletes to handle.
Sydney Holman wouldn’t have it any other way.
After dropping its last six ACC games, the Tar Heels just barely limped their way into the conference tournament with a No. 8 seed.
But Tuesday afternoon's elimination game, UNC (33-22) found what it had been missing with a 5-3 win against No. 9 seed Virginia Tech.
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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.
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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.
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.