Avery Trendel

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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UNC Golfer Carter Jenkins Turns Pro, Will Debut This Week

After a remarkable season in which he led the UNC men’s golf team in a wide variety of categories, junior Carter Jenkins said Tuesday he will forego his final year of college eligibility in order to become a professional. An All-ACC selection in 2016, Jenkins–who spent a year and a half in Chapel Hill after transferring from UNC-Greensboro–had three top-10s in 11 starts with a season-best second-place finish at the Primland Collegiate Invitational. He also tied the school record for lowest round under par by shooting a 63 (good enough for 9-under-par) in the final round at Primland. Jenkins’...

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UNC to Play Indiana in Bloomington for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

UNC men’s basketball announced in a release on Tuesday afternoon it will travel to Bloomington, Indiana on Nov. 30 for a Sweet 16 rematch against the Indiana Hoosiers. The game will be played in historic Assembly Hall as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and televised on the ESPN family of networks. Although no start time has been announced yet, that information will be available later in the summer. UNC defeated Indiana 101-86 in the East Regional Quarterfinals in Philadelphia this past season on its way to the National Championship Game. Senior guard Marcus Paige led the way that night...

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Three Diamond Heels Make All-ACC Teams, Warmoth Player of the Week

As they await their NCAA Tournament fate after missing out on this week’s ACC Tournament, the UNC baseball team received some good news on Monday. Three Tar Heels were selected to All-ACC teams, while sophomore shortstop Logan Warmoth was named the conference’s Player of the Week after going 9-for-20 with a home run and eight RBIs in UNC’s last four games. JB Bukauskas, a sophomore starting pitcher, and Tyler Ramirez, a junior center fielder, were each named to the All-ACC second team. UNC’s Friday night ace–junior Zac Gallen–rounded out the team’s all-conference selections with a spot on the All-ACC...

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Final Four Drought Over for UNC Men’s Lacrosse: Tar Heels Crush Notre Dame

Eight times since 1993 the UNC men’s lacrosse team reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, only to come up short on each occasion. After starting 2016 with a 3-3 record–and minus some of its most talented players from last season–few would have expected this group of Tar Heels to do any different. Two months later, here we are. The ninth time was the charm. UNC is heading to the Final Four after Sunday’s 13-9 victory over the No. 3  Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the preseason national title favorite. Playing at the famed Ohio Stadium in Columbus–where head coach Joe Breschi once led...

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UNC Baseball Drops Series Finale to NC State, Misses ACC Tournament

The results across the ACC baseball landscape this weekend–including UNC’s 16-4 destruction of NC State on Friday–put the Tar Heels into a simple predicament. A win Saturday at Doak Field would guarantee UNC’s entry into next week’s conference tournament in Durham. A loss? Well, then the Tar Heels (34-21, 13-17 ACC) would need Georgia Tech to win at least once during its double-header against Boston College. Unfortunately for head coach Mike Fox and his squad, the No. 13 Wolfpack (34-18, 15-13 ACC) were out for vengeance–clinching the series with a 10-1 blowout they can call their own. Boston College also...

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse Final Four Bound After 10-6 Win Over Notre Dame

Facing a Notre Dame team that averages nearly 14 goals per game, the No. 3 UNC women’s lacrosse team locked down defensively Saturday to knock off the No. 6 Fighting Irish 10-6 at Fetzer Field in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. With the win, the Tar Heels (18-2) advance to next weekend’s Final Four in Philadelphia–making their second straight appearance in the semifinals, and third in the last four seasons. The duo of Marie McCool and Molly Hendrick–who were each recently named First Team All-Americans–combined for half of UNC’s scoring against Notre Dame (14-7). Two of McCool’s three goals came...

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UNC Baseball Lights Up NC State 16-4, Moves Toward Postseason Berth

With their season hanging in the balance, the UNC baseball team played lights out Friday night at Doak Field in Raleigh. Literally. A stadium power outage in the middle of the sixth inning delayed the game for 17 minutes–with the Tar Heels ahead 8-2–before their 16-4 blowout of the No. 13 NC State Wolfpack was finally completed. The first four hitters in UNC’s lineup–Brian Miller, Logan Warmoth, Tyler Ramirez and Zack Gahagan–each had at least two RBIs, providing all the power the Tar Heels (34-20, 13-16 ACC) would need. Warmoth in particular, though, was the standout performer–going 2-for-4 with a...

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Tar Heel Men’s Tennis Advances to Third Straight NCAA Quarterfinal

The UNC men’s tennis team isn’t ready to go home just yet. Continuing the best season in program history, the No. 2 Tar Heels defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now halfway home in their quest for the outdoor national championship–after winning the indoor title in February–UNC (28-4) also set a new school record with its 28th win. It was also the third straight 4-0 win for the Tar Heels during the tournament, as they have yet to drop a single team point on their way to the...

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