Another awesome spring weekend for Tar Heel teams.
We’ve seen this before, but it never gets tiresome watching and reading about how Carolina’s spring sports juggernauts roar down the stretch of their respective ACC seasons.
The Diamond Heels swept Georgia Tech for the first time since 1996 – can that be possible? – on a beautiful weekend at The Bosh. Mike Fox’s ball club continues to rally from an uneven start to the season, winning its fourth consecutive series, improving its record to 27-13, tied for first overall in the ACC at 15-6 and alone at the top of the Coastal Division.
Tennis had a fabulous weekend. Sam Paul’s men earned a share of the ACC regular-season title with a 4-0 win in rainy Miami, after beating Florida State in Tallahassee earlier in the week, to finish with a best-ever 11-1 record in conference play. The top-ranked women of coach Brian Kalbas continue the most successful four-year run in the program’s history. They will be the third seed in this weekend’s ACC tournament in Cary, after the men go after the conference title earlier in the week.
Then there was Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin, the first UNC golfer to ever shoot three rounds in the 60s in the ACC men’s golf championships at the Old North State Club. His 67-69-69 total of 205 was good for fifth place in the individual scoring. Fellow senior William Register of Burlington fired a 67 Sunday to finish in 24th place and help the Tar Heels finish sixth as a team.
The Tar Heels women’s golf team is hanging in there at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, rallying from a poor first round to climb into sixth place. Mariana Ocano improved her score 10 strokes from the opening round to shoot a 67 and is tied for ninth in medal play going into today’s final round.
The hard-luck men’s lacrosse team finally snapped its seven-game losing streak before almost 3,000 fans at Kenan Stadium with a 10-9 back-and-forth upset win over 14th-ranked Notre Dame. It was an emotional Senior Day for a proud lacrosse program used to being in the national picture, but finished 1-3 in the ACC and did not qualify for the conference tournament.
UNC’s two-time defending ACC women’s lacrosse champs open ACC tournament play Thursday at Duke as the No. 2 seed after finishing the regular season at 6-1, 12-3 overall. They play seventh seed Syracuse in their quest for a third-straight title. Go Heels!