Nicknamed the "University of National Champions," various UNC sports programs brought home the hardware this year. From individual titles to team championships, here's a look at each national championship.
The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (18-3) earned its 11th national championship trophy and fifth title in six years on Nov. 19 after defeating No. 2 Northwestern in a penalty shootout, 2-1. 23-year-old head coach Erin Matson became the youngest Division I coach to win an NCAA title, doing so in her first year at the helm.
The championship match, hosted at Karen Shelton Stadium, went to a shootout after 60 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods and resulted in a tied 1-1 game. Graduate goalkeeper Maddie Kahn denied four Northwestern players during the shootout. Then, after missing her penalty stroke during the first overtime, sophomore forward Ryleigh Heck earned her moment of redemption by securing the win for the Tar Heels with a final goal.
The North Carolina women’s tennis team (35-1) captured its first ever NCAA championship in May after defeating N.C. State, 4-1.
The Tar Heels finished the regular season undefeated, led by Fiona Crawley and Reese Brantmeier.
In the ACC Championship game, UNC suffered its first and only loss of the season to the Wolfpack, falling 4-1 and prompting head coach Brian Kalbas to make changes during the NCAA tournament, including switching up doubles teams.
In the national championship game, North Carolina clinched the doubles point with wins from duos of Elizabeth Scotty and Carson Tanguilig and Brantmeier and Reilly Tran. N.C. State evened the match with a singles win, but singles wins from Crawley, Tanguilig and Scotty claimed the title for the Tar Heels.