The North Carolina field hockey team has been awarded the No. 2 seed of the NCAA tournament, earning a home bid for the first two rounds of the tourney.
UNC (17-3) will face Kent State (19-3) on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Henry Stadium. Each of the top four teams in the nation host a bracket of the 16-team tournament. Massachusetts and Boston will meet in the other game at Henry Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The winners of the two games will face off on Sunday for the right to continue onto the final four in Norfolk, Va., at Old Dominion on Nov. 17 and 19.
"We're very excited to be in the tournament and have the opportunity to host," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We'll work hard during the next couple of days to prepare for a very good Kent State team."
ODU (21-10) earned the No. 1 seed. ACC champion Maryland (17-3) is the No. 3 seed, and Wake Forest (16-3) nabbed the other home bid.
Tickets to the weekend's games are $5 for adults and $3 for students. They can be purchased at the gate or by calling the UNC ticket office at 1-800-722-HEEL (4335) or 919-962-2296.
Women's Basketball Picked 22nd
For the ninth consecutive year, the North Carolina women's basketball team will begin the season ranked in The Associated Press' Top-25 Poll.
The Tar Heels debut at No. 22 in the poll, which was released Tuesday.