11/1/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Hope Turf Energizes Ground Game

North Carolina football coach Carl Torbush knows some of his players aren't thrilled about traveling to Pittsburgh this weekend. And it's not because they have become tentative in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

10/31/2000 12:00am

Sullivan Wastes No Time Setting Personal Mark

Molly Sullivan didn't waste any time in the 2000-01 swimming season. In her first home meet of the year, the North Carolina swimmer obliterated her personal best in the 1,650-yard freestyle and continued to tear into UNC's record books. Sullivan scorched the field Saturday at Koury Natatorium in the 1,650 free with a time of 16 minutes, 32.19 seconds.

10/31/2000 12:00am

Women's Soccer Seeded 3rd in ACC Tournament

The North Carolina women's soccer team (13-3, 4-3 in the ACC) has received the third seed in the ACC tournament, which begins Thursday at Koskinen Stadium at Duke. Losing three games in a season for the first time since 1980, UNC dropped to sixth this week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. Notre Dame, Washington, Nebraska, Clemson and UCLA make up the top five. Virginia (No. 14), Florida State (No. 16) and Wake Forest (No. 22) are also ranked in the top 25. The Tar Heels will play the opening game of the ACC tournament at 1 p.m.

10/31/2000 12:00am

Parker Resurfaces in UNC Backfield

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Willie Parker saw an opportunity Saturday at Virginia and seized it. He grabbed a chance to go back in time, to his happy place - the start of North Carolina's 2000 football season and practice. "Coach told us at the beginning of the game, whoever made plays would stay in the game," the redshirt freshman tailback said. "I tried to make the most of it." Brandon Russell started the game, as always, at tailback, but gained 1 yard on two carries in UNC's opening series. When the Tar Heels got new life on the drive with a UVa.

10/30/2000 12:00am

UNC Offense Fails to Score Despite Opportunities

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - North Carolina just couldn't score on Saturday. The Tar Heels could contain Virginia's offense, getting five sacks and holding it to 227 yards. They could throw - 223 yards. They could run - 157 yards. They could gain first downs - 23 to UVa.'s 11. But UNC (3-5, 1-5 in the ACC) couldn't buy a touchdown in its 17-6 loss despite running 40 more plays than the Cavaliers in 14:58 more possession time. "We felt like we were moving the ball," UNC coach Carl Torbush said.

10/30/2000 12:00am

Cavs Hand UNC 4th Straight Loss

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Some college students do just enough to get by. They don't read their textbooks, don't go to class. But with the benefit of some late cramming sessions, they still manage to pass the course. Virginia brought that philosophy into its football game against North Carolina on Saturday. UNC piled up 380 total yards to Virginia's 227. But that advantage didn't translate to the scoreboard for the Tar Heels. The Cavaliers made the most of their yardage and earned a 17-6 victory in front of 56,692 fans. It marked North Carolina's 10th straight loss at Scott Stadium.

10/30/2000 12:00am

Monarchs Hand UNC 2nd Defeat of Season

NORFOLK, Va. - The North Carolina field hockey team finished its regular-season on a high note Sunday with a 4-0 win against William & Mary. The No. 2 Tar Heels got the only goal they would need with 12:17 remaining in the first half when back Abby Martin scored on a penalty corner. The shutout was the seventh of the season for UNC goalkeeper Amy Tran, who made three saves. The Tar Heels lost to top-ranked Old Dominion 2-1 in overtime Saturday at Foreman Field.

10/30/2000 12:00am

Women's Soccer Bounces Back, Stomps Terps

Maryland women's soccer coach Shannon Higgins-Cirvoski played on four undefeated national-title North Carolina teams in the late 1980s, so she never knew what it was like to lose as a Tar Heel. Sunday at Fetzer Field, she found out what can happen when the Tar Heels don't win. They get angry. Fifth-ranked UNC, coming off consecutive conference losses at Florida State and Wake Forest, scored three times in the game's opening five minutes and got goals from six different players as it rolled to a 6-0 victory against the Terrapins. "I knew they'd be pretty fired up," said Higgins-Cirv

10/30/2000 12:00am

Tar Heel Men Fall Short Of Expectations at ACCs

RALEIGH - The North Carolina men's cross country team got a taste of the country and a taste of disappointment Saturday at the ACC Championships. The Tar Heels placed fifth in a strong field featuring No. 12 Duke and No. 14 N.C. State. None of the runners felt as much at home as the Wolfpack at N.C. State's University Club Course, which features a scenic view of a pasture full of cattle. However, the Blue Devils (39 points) navigated the unfamiliar course easily and defeated the five-time defending ACC champion Wolfpack (49 points). N.C.

10/30/2000 12:00am

Bucy Leads Tar Heels To Victory

All season long, senior Michael Bucy has been a consistent, yet quiet part of the third-ranked North Carolina men's soccer team. Saturday night, in his last regular-season appearance under the lights of Fetzer Field, Bucy enjoyed being in the spotlight of the Tar Heel offense in a 4-1 victory against No.

10/30/2000 12:00am

Newcomers Excel as UNC Beats Rice

The beginning of the swimming and diving season is marked by long, grueling practices and tired athletes. These conditions usually don't lead to fast times, especially by a team's newcomers. Don't tell that to North Carolina's women swimmers and divers. The ninth-ranked Tar Heel women won their first meet of the season - and helped coach Frank Comfort pick up his 200th victory as the women's coach at UNC - on Saturday, cruising past Rice 201.5-83.5 at Koury Natatorium.

10/27/2000 12:00am

UNC Women Look to Repeat

Bulls aren't the only creatures that get agitated when they see red in front of them. So does the North Carolina women's cross country team. UNC will look to defend its ACC title Saturday in Raleigh at N.C. State's University Club Course. The Tar Heels' biggest obstacle will be the ladies in red representing the No.12 Wolfpack. "State has always been our biggest rival during my career," junior Kim Timberlake said. "We always want to beat a red uniform in front of us." N.C.

10/25/2000 12:00am

High-Scoring Tar Heels Look to Continue Win Streak

The high-powered North Carolina men's soccer team will host Elon today at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels (14-2, 4-1 in the ACC) are ranked No. 1 in the nation by the College Coaches Poll for the second week in a row. The ranking is the highest in the history of the UNC men's program, which is in the midst of an eight-match winning streak. In this week's other major national polls, the Tar Heels are ranked No. 3 by Soccer America, No. 4 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 4 by

10/25/2000 12:00am

Injury Has Minimal Effect on Curry

Quarterback Ronald Curry, who was carried off the field with a sprained right knee in Saturday's loss to Clemson, showed few effects of the injury in Monday's practice. "He's a little bit stiff, but he threw the ball really well," Torbush said. "As a matter of fact, he threw a lot better than I thought he would.

10/24/2000 12:00am

Stopped Early, Tigers Rally Against UNC Defense

For the rest of the game, it once again resembled the all-familiar 2000 unit that ranks a pedestrian 44th in the nation. Early on, the defense contained Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who, before Saturday, was the No. 11 rusher and ninth most efficient quarterback in the nation. The defensive line got to the scrambling Dantzler and sacked him three times. Running back Travis Zachery had only 27 yards in nearly a half of football.

10/24/2000 12:00am

Basketball Diary- DTH Reporter Recounts Tryout for Men's Hoops

As I walked into my poorly lit dorm room Thursday afternoon, I saw the red, blinking No. 1 on my answering machine that would decide my fate. I already knew what the message was pertaining to. And I had a good idea what it was going to ultimately say. "Hi, Bret, how are you," the message starts. "This is Coach Q from the basketball office. It's just about 11 o'clock on Thursday.

10/23/2000 12:00am

Gardner Makes Tar Heels Pay for Focusing on Run

By T. Nolan Hayes Sports Editor For the second week in a row, the North Carolina defense succeeded in stopping its opponent's primary strength on offense. But for the second week in a row, that result came at a high price. The Tar Heels held Clemson's vaunted rushing game in check Saturday but were spread thin against the pass in the process. Wide receiver Rod Gardner made them pay for it.

10/23/2000 12:00am

UNC Wraps Up Fall With Softball Sweep

Good vibes have been contagious lately with North Carolina's softball team. The team capped off an important weekend in the program's history, gathering Saturday at the site of its new state--of-the-art softball complex for a groundbreaking ceremony. The event came a day after the Tar Heels completed their fall exhibition schedule by sweeping Louisburg College 3-0 and 9-3 on Friday at Finley Field. The doubleheader domination was a spectacle for both the present and future talent of the program. The usual suspects - shortstop Michelle Semmes, pitcher Radara McHugh and catcher Natal

10/23/2000 12:00am

UNC Breaks Records, Wolfpack `D'

It was a day of records for the North Carolina men's soccer team. Going into its match with N.C. State, the No. 3 Tar Heels had a chance to break the school record for the best start to a season. Also, junior forward Chris Carrieri had a chance to inch closer to Derek Missimo's UNC record for goals in a season. The Tar Heels accomplished both of those feats Sunday and tacked on a few more en route to defeating the Wolfpack 7-1 at Fetzer Field. North Carolina (14-2, 4-1 in the ACC) surpassed its previous best start of 13-2, which was set in 1980 and '81.

10/23/2000 12:00am

Volleyball Takes Terrapins to School

After Sunday's volleyball game with Maryland, a throng of Girl Scouts huddled around the North Carolina team, listening intently to a clinic being conducted. Perhaps the Terrapins' squad should have stuck around and taken some pointers, too. The Tar Heels dominated every aspect of their contest with Maryland, destroying the Terrapins 3-0 (15-10, 15-5, 15-3) in a little more than an hour. "Our intensity and our level of play were outstanding today," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.