If fall sports seasons are able to proceed as planned, two North Carolina teams will be right back in the title hunt, while a third will seek a return to national prominence. Take a look at the 2020 outlook for the UNC field hockey, women's soccer and men's soccer squads.
Haven't been keeping up with the back-to-back defending national champion Tar Heel field hockey team? If not, there's only one number you need to know: 46, the number of consecutive games head coach Karen Shelton's squad has won over the last two seasons.
Since rising junior Erin Matson stepped on campus, North Carolina hasn't lost. She won the National Player of the Year award last year and will be the linchpin of a 2020 team looking to keep that inconceivable streak alive.
One thing to keep in mind, though — Matson is the only player in the top six in scoring last year who didn't graduate. Look for midfielder Eva Smolenaars and forward Riley Fulmer to pick up the slack and help vie for a third straight title, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in the sport since Wake Forest in the early aughts.