With apologies to Charles Dickens, his opening lines of "A Tale of Two Cities" aptly apply to North Carolina's fall and spring seasons. Although there were notable exceptions, the former was a lot better than the latter.
North Carolina got things off on the right foot with its first game of the year -- a 3-0 field hockey victory against Duke on Aug. 26. The win grabbed UNC 1.5 points in the inaugural Carlyle Cup, an all-sport contest between Duke and UNC.
And as the fall wore on, it became clear it wasn't just another fall.
Women's soccer faltered a little, losing games to Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest, but ultimately was the same old UNC. The women picked up an ACC title and captured their 16th NCAA crown.
But for once, the story of the fall wasn't about UNC's women -- it was the men.
Behind forward Chris Carrieri, the Tar Heels strung together a 15-game winning streak and grabbed their first ACC title since 1987.
Ranked No. 1 in the country and with a No. 1 seed, the Tar Heels battled William & Mary on a snow-covered Fetzer Field in the first round of NCAAs.
They would advance with a 3-2 victory and evade Rhode Island for a 3-1 win but would fall short against defending national champion Indiana 1-0 at Fetzer.
The soccer squads weren't the only teams to win ACC titles -- volleyball captured its second straight.