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10/29/2001 12:00am

UNC Splits on Virginia Shoreline

NORFOLK, Va. -- Pinned in a scoreless game against William & Mary, the veterans on North Carolina's field hockey team came through when it mattered most. The Tar Heels' (14-5) elder players helped beat the Tribe 2-0 on Sunday after losing to Old Dominion on Saturday. With the weekend split, UNC moved closer to locking up home-field advantage for the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 10 and 11. But it didn't come without any struggles.


10/29/2001 12:00am

Media Selects Duke As Top Team in ACC

GREENSBORO -- The defending national champion Duke men's basketball team was the clear choice as the ACC preseason favorite in a media poll at the conference's annual Operation Basketball event Sunday. Duke, which has been picked first six straight years, received 69 of the 74 first-place votes. Coming in second with the other five first-place votes was Maryland, Duke's Final Four opponent a year ago. Picked to finish third was Virginia, which is coming off a 20-9 season.


10/29/2001 12:00am

UNC Players Falter in ITA Regional

Marcio Petrone has a lot in common with his friend Gustavo Kuerten, who won this year's French Open. Both endear themselves to audiences with their on-court antics, both go by funny nicknames (Mo and Googa) and both are natives of Brazil. But while Kuerten rakes in the big bucks on the pro circuit, Petrone is toiling in the college ranks as the No. 1 singles seed for the North Carolina men's tennis team. This weekend, Petrone and several of his Tar Heels teammates in Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Regional/Top of the Hill tournament.


10/29/2001 12:00am

Flanagan Snags 2nd ACC Title

CLEMSON, S.C. -- North Carolina cross country runner Shalane Flanagan won her second consecutive ACC title Saturday at the conference championships. Flanagan was one of three Tar Heels in the top 10 and led North Carolina to a second-place finish with 55 points behind N.C. State's 39 points. Matt Weiss' 23rd-place finish led the North Carolina men's team, which finished eighth with 221 points. Weiss finished in 25 minutes, 21.2 seconds. N.C. State won the men's event, as well, with 26 points, and Wake Forest's Nathan Sisco was the individual champion in 24:23.5.


10/29/2001 12:00am

Carmichael Crowd Helps Inspire Volleyball in Win

Energy and motivation are two important components of any victory. Sometimes, intensity originates from the outside factors like the crowd or the coach. But sometimes, a team's energy has to come directly from the players standing on the court. Saturday, North Carolina (18-5, 10-2 in the ACC) was unable to create its own energy and lost 3-1 to Wake Forest. The conference leaders lacked their usual bounce and fell victim to that dirty little sports clich


10/29/2001 12:00am

Deacons Surprise Men's Soccer With Victory

WINSTON-SALEM -- The players have changed in the last five years, but the outcome has remained in North Carolina's favor in games between UNC and Wake Forest's men's soccer teams. But this year a boisterous homecoming crowd welcomed the No. 21 Demon Deacons back to Winston-Salem, and Wake Forest returned the favor with a 4-2 victory against the No. 6 Tar Heels on Saturday night. The upset marked Wake Forest's first win against UNC

10/26/2001 12:00am

Ball Scores 2 Goals, Adds 2 Assists in UNC's Victory

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The top-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team trailed for the first time this season but then scored six unanswered goals to rally past 13th-ranked Virginia 6-1 Thursday night before 1,560 fans at Kl


10/26/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Defeat UVa., Discover New Talent

North Carolina field hockey coach Karen Shelton discovered two new offensive weapons in Thursday's nonconference match against Virginia. Junior back Stephanie Fuller scored her first goal since 1999, and freshman midfielder Laura Douglas recorded her first career assist as the No. 4 Tar Heels defeated No. 8 Cavaliers 3-0 at Henry Stadium. Fuller, who was sidelined during UNC's first 12 contests with a partially torn calf muscle, put North Carolina (13-4, 3-3 in the ACC) on the board in the 14th minute.


10/26/2001 12:00am

Lang Leads White Team to Win

It was the kind of night in which North Carolina coach Matt Doherty turned his back on the game, schmoozed with fans and signed autographs immediately after tipoff. The off-the-court actions continued to be more intriguing than the first exhibition of the Tar Heels. Julius Peppers' mere presence in the stands captivated fans. And while the two weren't playing, Jason Capel gave Kris Lang a technical foul after Lang reacted to a foul call. Sure, the "T" didn't stick, but Lang got the last laugh on Capel as he lead the White team to a 62-61 win in the annual Blue-White Game.


10/25/2001 12:00am

Men's Soccer Extends Win Streak to Nine

Men's Soccer Old Dominion 0 UNC 2 Ranked sixth in the nation and facing an unranked Old Dominion, North Carolina's men's soccer team was supposed to win. And the Tar Heels did - but barely. Two late goals by David Stokes and Marcus Storey gave UNC (13-2, 3-1) a 2-0 victory against ODU (7-5-1) Wednesday at Fetzer Field. The win increased UNC's winning streak to 9 games, and it was the fifth game in a row that ended in a shutout. After playing N.C. State on Sunday, the Tar Heels weren't fresh for the game, and their fatigue showed in the first half.


10/25/2001 12:00am

UNC Men's Tennis Individuals Shine in Tourney

Unity was on the tip of the North Carolina men's tennis team's tongues after the first day of the ITA Top of the Hill Region II Tournament.Many players accustomed to playing singles matches dominated in doubles Wednesday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Most of the pairs had not teamed up prior to the tournament.


10/24/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Move Up in Poll

The North Carolina men's soccer team moved up one spot in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, climbing from No. 7 to No. 6 after a pair of wins last week. Southern Methodist is ranked No. 1, as it has been all season. UNC is the second-highest ranked ACC team this week behind No. 2 Virginia, which defeated North Carolina in Charlottesville last month. Saint Louis, which defeated the Tar Heels 2-1 in September, is ranked third. Stanford is fourth and St. John's is fifth. Indiana, Washington, Clemson and Rutgers round out the top 10.


10/24/2001 12:00am

Envy, Horror, Sadness: A Red Sox Fan Reacts

This Saturday, Carl Adamec will once again wear that familiar, smug smile favored by championship monopolists around the world. Regardless of what happens during the following week, he has won. And I, once again, have lost. That's because Carl is a Yankees fan, proud and boastful, while I am a Red Sox fan, disgusted and inconsolable.


10/23/2001 12:00am

Florance, Haywood Earn Top UNC Honor

Women's soccer National Player of the Year Meredith Florance and record-setting men's basketball player Brendan Haywood have been named recipients of the Patterson Medal for the year 2000-01 as the outstanding senior athletes at North Carolina. The most recent men's basketball player to receive the award was Antawn Jamison in 1997-98. Florance is the eighth women's soccer recipient.


10/22/2001 12:00am

Kneipper Thrives in Expanded Role

RALEIGH -- After flicking several headers back at N.C. State goalkeeper Mitchell Watson, North Carolina forward Ryan Kneipper finally got the ball where he wanted it: at his feet. Kneipper didn't have too much luck utilizing his 6-foot-3 frame earlier in the game, so he reverted to his ball skills to finally find the back of the net in UNC's 4-0 win at the Method Road Soccer Complex on Sunday. The junior from Dallas blasted a Mike Gell pass by Watson from five yards out to cap UNC's scoring and to top off a week in which he surged near the top of his team's scoring list.


10/22/2001 12:00am

Players Enjoy, Take Lessons From Dorrance's 500th Win

Seated next to Anson Dorrance at the press conference after Thursday's milestone win, Anne Remy and Danielle Borgman could do little except smile. The seniors, who have won two national championships during their UNC careers, said they were happy to be a part of history. "It's just really nice that we've achieved so much," Remy said. "It's an amazing accomplishment." The wins, national championships and awards are nice, but players said those things are a small part of the man who Thursday became the first NCAA women's soccer coach to win 500 games.


10/22/2001 12:00am

Men's Soccer Cruises Against Wolfpack

RALEIGH -- North Carolina men's soccer coach Elmar Bolowich said he always expects a rough-and-tumble game from George Tarantini's N.C. State squad. Sunday, Tarantini's Wolfpack did not disappoint as the two teams combined for 37 fouls and four yellow cards. Sandwiched among the fouls and yellow cards, Ryan Kneipper and David Testo each recorded a goal and an assist as the Tar Heels (12-2 overall, 3-1 in the ACC) defeated N.C. State (3-10, 0-5) 4-0 at the Method Road Soccer Complex.


10/22/2001 12:00am

UNC Spoils Clemson's Homecoming

CLEMSON, S.C. -- In the depths of Death Valley, not much could be heard other than the chatter of North Carolina players late Saturday afternoon. "Is this our homecoming?" Chesley Borders and Derrick Johnson sarcastically asked the Clemson faithful behind the UNC bench as the clock wound down on the Tar Heels' 38-3 triumph over the No. 13 Tigers. "Why are our fans leaving our homecoming?"


10/22/2001 12:00am

Dorrance Captures 500th Victory

It wasn't like it had never happened before. On a similar chilly October night in 1997, North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance was doused with water to celebrate tallying his 400th career win. But even so, Dorrance wasn't prepared for the aftermath of Thursday's game. When the clock ran out on the match that marked Dorrance's 500th win -- making him the first women's soccer coach to reach such a number -- three of his players ran to the sideline, grabbed a large, orange water cooler and hoisted it up to soak their coach.


10/22/2001 12:00am

Coach's Philosophy, Talent Define Career

It was a rare weekend in Anson Dorrance's life. The man who later would become the winningest women's soccer coach in NCAA history saw his North Carolina men's team lose to Central Florida in overtime. His women's team later tied CFU on that hot August Sunday in 1986.