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Thursday October 6th


Graduate student midfielder Ally Mastroianni (12) cradles the ball during UNC's NCAA Tournament semifinal match against Northwestern at Homewood Field in Baltimore, M.D. on May 27, 2022. UNC won 15-14.

Mastroianni and Trenchard step up for Team USA in 2022 World Lacrosse Women's Championship pool play

For UNC women's lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy, and 2022 national champions Emma Trenchard and Ally Mastroianni, the 2022 World Lacrosse Women's World Championship is a chance to add to an already triumphant year. Representing Team USA alongside four other former Tar Heels, this squad is fighting through the championship bracket in hopes to capture the ninth World Cup for the U.S. Women's National Team.

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Caitlin Van Sickle, assistant coach for UNC field hockey, poses for a portrait at Karen Shelton Stadium on July 5, 2022.

UNC field hockey assistant Caitlin Van Sickle brings renewed defensive focus to her alma mater

Caitlin Van Sickle, a former Tar Heel hired in January as UNC's assistant field hockey coach, used this spring offseason to revitalize the mantra she lived by as a player under head coach Karen Shelton years ago — “Defense wins championships.” Van Sickle isn’t implementing groundbreaking schemes or reinventing the entire UNC defense. Rather, the former U.S. Women’s National Team member is drawing upon her 148 international caps of experience to offer her athletes a fresh perspective. 

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Crystal Dunn passes the ball during the Portland Thorns' game against Racing Louisville at Providence Park in Portland, OR on June 5, 2021. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns FC

Tar Heels in the Pros: former UNC women's soccer player Crystal Dunn excels as a Portland Thorn

Former UNC women's soccer star Crystal Dunn, who played soccer for the Tar Heels from 2010-2013, is one of the most high-profile athletes to come out of Chapel Hill within the past decade. With her 2021 CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year accreditation after her past season with the Portland Thorns, and a 2019 World Cup win with the US Women’s National Team, Dunn’s success at the professional level parallels her time at UNC.

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