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UNC Baseball Misses NCAA Tournament For Second Straight Year

The NCAA Baseball Tournament announced its field of 64 teams Monday afternoon, and yet again head coach Mike Fox and the Tar Heels found themselves on the outside looking in. Prior to last season, UNC had made the tournament in 14 straight years–notching six trips to the College World Series during that streak. Once a fixture in June, the Tar Heels have now had their season ended prematurely in consecutive years for the first time since 1996-97. Despite boasting a solid 34-21 record and an RPI ranking of 19–the highest to miss the tournament–UNC was deemed the “first team...

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Hayley Carter Advances to NCAA Women’s Tennis Final

Although she’s received many different accolades in her illustrious career, UNC women’s tennis star Hayley Carter has yet to win a national championship. That may be changing soon. The No. 1 ranked player in the nation, Carter reached the doorstep of her first title on Sunday–defeating No. 8 Sinead Lohan of the Miami Hurricanes 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in their NCAA Tournament Semifinal match at the Michael Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 🏆🎾 TICKET PUNCHED! Hayley Carter (@UNC_wtennis) is headed to the final after an incredible shot! pic.twitter.com/F4T2MYVso3 — NCAA Tennis (@NCAATennis) May 29, 2016 Carter–a three-time All-American who...

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Mission Accomplished: UNC Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Maryland for National Championship

Facing a Maryland squad that had won back-to-back national championships–and won their last 26 games–it would have been easy for the No. 3 UNC women’s lacrosse team to be a bit intimidated. The Tar Heels were never fazed, though, as they handily defeated the No. 1 Terrapins 13-7 in Sunday’s NCAA Championship Game at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. It’s the second national title in program history for UNC (21-2), which clinched the rubber match in the third championship meeting between the two schools over the last four years. Senior attacker Aly Messinger tallied two goals and a...

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Cloutier Sparks UNC’s Win over Loyola, Tar Heels on to NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final

It was almost like re-watching the same movie or Vine over and over again. Chris Cloutier just kept scoring and scoring and…well you get the point. When it was all said and done, the UNC sophomore attacker ended up with a Final Four record nine goals–as the Tar Heels hammered the No. 7 Loyola Greyhounds 18-13 in Saturday’s NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semifinal at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. It was the latest outstanding performance from a UNC squad (11-6) that clearly is peaking at the right time. The reward is a shot for the school’s first National Championship in the...

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Carly Reed Lifts UNC Women’s Lax Past Penn State, Into Title Game

Just over a minute into Friday’s NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Semifinal between No. 3 UNC and the Penn State Nittany Lions, Tar Heel midfielder Carly Reed received a pass from teammate Aly Messinger and put it in the back of the net. That was simply foreshadowing for what was to come. The junior from Alexandria, Virginia ended up scoring five times, as UNC survived a late Penn State rally to win by a score of 12-11–lifting head coach Jenny Levy’s Tar Heels to their second straight National Championship Game appearance, and third in the last four seasons. By holding off the...

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Marquise Williams Signs With Green Bay Packers

The most prolific quarterback in UNC football history is now a Cheesehead. It was announced late Thursday afternoon that Marquise Williams, who went undrafted in April’s NFL Draft, was signed to a rookie contract by the Green Bay Packers. The Charlotte native also had a tryout with the Packers’ division rival–the Minnesota Vikings–earlier this month before eventually ending up in Wisconsin. Now the fourth quarterback on Green Bay’s roster, Williams will compete with former UCLA star Brett Hundley and fellow rookie Joe Callahan–last season’s Division III Player of the Year at Wesley College. Each man will battle during training camp...

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Speculation Surrounds Fedora Following Briles’ Firing at Baylor

Engulfed in a crippling scandal that saw the school and its football coaches routinely fail to investigate sexual assault allegations against its players–Baylor University suspended head coach Art Briles on Thursday with intention to terminate him. As a result, the internet–as it tends to do–immediately began speculation about who would replace Briles, naming UNC head coach Larry Fedora as the school’s likely first target. Would expect Fedora to be the subject of some Baylor buzz. He began his college coaching career there, is from Texas https://t.co/vmcRcxzuJP — Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) May 26, 2016 Fedora and Briles each came up through...

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After Emotional Week, UNC Men’s Lacrosse Turns Focus to Loyola

When UNC men’s lacrosse head coach Joe Breschi broke down into tears following last weekend’s win over Notre Dame, it capped off what had been an extremely emotional week for the Tar Heels. Their task this week in Philadelphia, though, is to try and set those emotions aside as they prepare to face the No. 7 Loyola Greyhounds in the Final Four on Saturday. A self-proclaimed “big relationship guy,” Breschi and his team shared a few special moments when UNC had to travel to Columbus, Ohio—where he once coached at Ohio State—for its quarterfinal matchup against the Fighting Irish....

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Lacking Star Power, UNC Men’s Lacrosse Bonded as a Team to Reach Final Four

In recent years, the UNC men’s lacrosse team has largely been defined both by its stars and its failure to advance past the NCAA Quarterfinals. This year, however, has given birth to a whole new narrative—as the Tar Heels have relied on a team mentality to bring the school to its first Final Four since 1993. Players like Joey Sankey, Marcus Holman and the Bitter brothers—both Billy and Jimmy—often took center stage on previous editions of head coach Joe Breschi’s teams. Because those guys were consistently racking up incredible stats while also being named All-Americans, the pressure of ending...

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Undrafted UNC RB Romar Morris Signs With NY Jets

Invited to tryout at the team’s rookie mini-camp following April’s NFL Draft, former UNC running back Romar Morris was officially signed to the New York Jets’ 90-man roster Tuesday morning. Originally a three-star recruit out of Salisbury High School (NC) in the Tar Heels’ 2011 class, according to Scout.com, Morris saw his collegiate production peak in 2012–his redshirt freshman season. However, a standout performance at UNC’s pro day this past spring–where he ran the 40-yard dash in an incredible 4.3 seconds–put him back on the radar of many NFL scouts. With the added importance of speed in the NFL, a league...

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