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Thursday March 30th

Field Hockey

Midfielder Yentl Leemans (18) looks down the field during Sunday's ACC championship game against Wake Forest. UNC won 7-2.

Yentl Leemans' journey to UNC — and back to the game she loves

Yentl Leemans plays field hockey because she loves the sport u2014 her love earned her a spot on a top club team, the Netherlands' youth national team, and the No. 1 ranked North Carolina field hockey team. Her journey wasn't that easy, though. Leemans' dream was to play for the Dutch national team, and she was well on her way to that goal as a member of the U21 team, the oldest age group before the real thing. Then, it all came crashing down. "I just kind of lost my joy in field hockey," she said simply. Find out how Leemans rediscovered her love of the game in Chapel Hill, and helped the Tar Heels to a perfect national title-winning season in 2018.

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