Top-ranked UNC was awarded a penalty shot after a rare video review in overtime and Tar Heel Nina Notman made it count, lifting UNC to a 2-1 field hockey win over No. 7 Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship tournament Thursday.
No doubt about this one. It was just a little tune-up for No. 13 North Carolina, an 88-27 exhibition win over Carson-Newman, where UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell went to school. The only thing in question Wednesday in Carmichael Arena was how long UNC’s Stephanie Mavunga would have to play after her shoe came off with around eight minutes left in the game.
The three-day ACC Championships for field hockey begin Thursday, Nov. 6, at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium on East Campus. Quarterfinal action Thursday includes No. 5 seed Louisville vs. No. 4 Wake Forest at 11 a.m., No. 7 Duke vs. No. 2 UNC at 1:30 p.m. and No. 6 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Boston College at 4 p.m.
North Carolina running back Romar Morris was arrested Sunday morning and had a breath-alcohol concentration level of .12. The legal limit is .08.
Duke center Jahlil Okafor becomes the third player in the last five years to be named an Associated Press preseason All-American before playing his first college game.
Duke Johnson accounted for 227 yards and three touchdowns on 21 touches — including a 90-yard score that was the longest run by an opposing player in UNC’s history — as Miami dominated the Tar Heels 47-20 at Sun Life Stadium.
Sylvia Hatchell says that she was unaware of academic fraud at North Carolina and that “no one had more academic integrity” than Jan Boxill, her top academic counselor and a former faculty chair who was heavily implicated in the scandal.
Miami isn’t known for having rabid crowds at Sun Life Stadium, especially for day games. “The stands are just so far that you could almost have another game from the stands to the bench area,” North Carolina junior guard Landon Turner said. “(It’s not like) places like Georgia Tech where fans are just hounding you over your shoulder. We’re not too stressed about crowd level or home-field advantage.”
The Tar Heels have improved their balance this season — with remodeled players in the post and three impact freshmen surrounding ACC preseason player of the year Marcus Paige — leading to hopes for a deep run in 2014-15.
Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor voted top newcomer, joins Player of the Year favorite Marcus Paige of UNC on preseason all-ACC team ... UVA gets no respect ... N.C. State learning to live without 2014 player of the year T.J. Warren of Durham.
Graduation Success Rate (GSR) results released Tuesday by the NCAA indicated that 97 percent of freshmen student-athletes receiving scholarship aid or recruited individuals participating in programs that do not offer athletic aid graduated from Duke within six years. ... UNC Chapel Hill came in at 86 percent, N.C. Central 66 percent.
Following two straight come-from-behind wins, the Tar Heels will be Coastal champions if they win their final four games, starting Saturday at Miami.
Senior days bring wins a Duke, UNC in women's soccer and field hockey
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said that no one on North Carolina was going to say he played a great game in UNC’s 28-27 win over Virginia Saturday — except for sophomore Mack Hollins.