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Thursday October 6th

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Field Hockey Regains Confidence After Wins

The North Carolina field hockey team needed to be reassured this weekend. The Tar Heels needed proof that their new offensive system worked, and that their 1-3 record against top 20 competition this season was just a fluke. The Tar Heels got what they were looking for this weekend, topping No. 11 Virginia 3-1 and No. 2 Old Dominion 2-0. "I'm absolutely thrilled to come out of that tough weekend with two wins," said UNC coach Karen Shelton. "(Sunday) wasn't pretty, but we found a way to win, and I think that's important."

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Injuries Fail To Sideline Tar Heels

For most people, it'd be hard enough to run around hunched over chasing a tiny ball for 70 minutes. But for some of the North Carolina field hockey players, that's just half of it. Some have played with a torn ACL, a broken jaw and even the absence of a few front teeth without much complaint. This weekend was no exception. Sophomore forward Kelsey Keeran was hit in the face by a ball at practice in August. The ball broke her jaw in three places, but she didn't stop after that.

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UNC Faces UVa. in ACC Opener

Both have lost two out of their last three. Both have seen a drop in their national rankings over the last two weeks. Both enjoyed championship seasons in 2001. A common thread the defending ACC regular season champion Virginia and the defending national champion North Carolina men's soccer teams don't share, however, is the number victories in head-to-head contests. Since Elmar Bolowich took over as UNC head coach in 1989, UVa. has dominated the Tar Heels, going 15-2-1. "They seem to have our number," Bolowich said. "If I could put a number on it, I would change it around."

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New Offense Troubles Tar Heels

New Offense Troubles Tar Heels By Lauren Ritter Staff Writer A change in the North Carolina field hockey team's offensive scheme has affected the Tar Heels, just not in the way they had planned. UNC is ranked 10th in the nation, its lowest ranking since the '80s, and faces a tough challenge Saturday against No. 2 Old Dominion. The Tar Heels hope that finding their groove in the new system of two forwards and four midfielders will help them bounce back from the worst record they have had this far into a season since 1980.

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QB Matchup Aside, Amato Focused on Texas Tech's Defense

It's being billed as a showdown of two premier quarterbacks, but N.C. State coach Chuck Amato has other things on his mind. Despite the fact that the Wolfpack's Philip Rivers and Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury are among the top two ranked quarterbacks in their respective conferences, Amato is thinking about defense -- specifically, the Red Raiders' defense.

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Tar Heels Cruise Past Davidson

Midway through game one against Davidson on Tuesday, the North Carolina volleyball team had a good laugh. Setter Eve Rackham, playing in the back row, hit the ball solidly over the net. The ball caromed off three Davidson players and into the stands. Rackham got the kill. It was that kind of day for No. 18 UNC, as all 15 Tar Heels saw action and breezed past Davidson, 3-0. "It was important to have everybody contribute to tonight and for us to be rested and ready for this weekend with the tougher matches," said UNC coach Joe Sagula.

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Men's Golf Places 2nd in Tournament

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- North Carolina's golf team fired a one-over-par 289 total, the low round of the day, to jump into second place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges. UNC posted a three-day 878 total, two strokes behind Wake Forest's 876. Tar Heel junior Dustin Bray shot an even par 72 to finish at one-under 215 in a five-way tie for medalist honors with Wake Forest's Bill Hass, Duke's Leif Olson, Tennessee's Ian Pamaby, and TCU's David Schultz.

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Waddell Comes Up Short Against Top Texas Receiver

It was time to find out just how good Michael Waddell was. After posting strong performances in his first two games, the North Carolina cornerback had earned a chance to go head-to-head with perhaps the best receiver in the nation -- Texas' Roy Williams. But it was Williams, not Waddell, who made a statement in Saturday's 52-21 Longhorn victory. Facing man coverage from Waddell all night long, Williams hauled in five passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

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Playing Days Passed, But Memories Remain

Today, David Stokes anchors the North Carolina men's soccer team's defense. But when UNC women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance thinks about Stokes' game, he sees shades of a David from the 1980s - David Smyth. "(Smyth) led the best teams I ever coached on the men's side," said Dorrance, who coached the UNC men's team until 1988. "He had a nice balance between supporting someone and kicking them in the ass." Smyth defied the "classic stereotype of the one-dimensional thug," Dorrance added, because he was powerful yet had tremendous skill, a rare combination.

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UNC Wrangles Longhorns, Aggies in Weekend Contests

SPRING, Texas - In a driving rainstorm that delayed the start of the game and halted play once in the first half, the No 1. North Carolina women's soccer team persevered and defeated No. 3 Texas 3-2 Sunday afternoon in the Houston College Challenge Cup. Alyssa Ramsey and Anne Morrell had first half goals for the Tar Heels (4-0-1) as UNC staked claim to a 2-1 halftime lead. Sunday's game started 30 minutes late because of the rain and was halted once in the first half by lightning.

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Teamwork Focus Propels UNC to Place 2nd

North Carolina cross country coach Mike Whittlesey was more worried about cooperation than he was about wins or losses at the UNC Challenge. On a rainy Saturday morning at the Finley cross country course, the UNC men's alumni team defeated the present Tar Heel team, while Coastal Carolina eked out a 3-point win over the UNC women's team. But Whittlesey was satisfied by the second-place finishes. He even kept his top four women from competing.

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NCAA Rules Don't Apply To the Press

Wayne Maikranz need not worry. Should he and his student reporters at UNC-Charlotte decide to fight the NCAA, this is one battle the association will have a difficult time winning. Last week, Maikranz, the adviser for The University Times, UNC-C's student newspaper, sent an e-mail to the College Media Adviser's Listserv voicing concern about the NCAA's policies. According to the e-mail, one of Maikranz's student reporters frequently writes recruiting stories using a reliable source. This has drawn the attention of the athletic department, which called upon the NCAA.

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Texas Manhandles Tar Heel Front Seven

The first time the crowd at Kenan Stadium belted out its familiar "Tar ... Heels" chant from both sides of the field Saturday night, the place was alive with excitement. More than eight minutes remained in the first quarter, and North Carolina only trailed Texas 3-0. The second time the crowd at the stadium broke out that same cheer came with four minutes left in the first half, the Tar Heels trailing 24-0. This time, instead of a united, resonant yell, the chant was disorganized, tired and ineffective. Kind of like the UNC front seven.

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Cross Country Siblings Bring UNC Team Unity

"Sons of Scotland, I am William Wallace." It all began with William Wallace and David Stroupe. At Watauga High School in Boone in 1996, Stroupe and his cross country team watched "Braveheart" the night before the state championship meet. The next morning, donning plaid Scottish kilts and blue face paint, the team recited the "Sons of Scotland" speech and ran the 5k, continuously screaming "Freedom." Stroupe and his teammates captured the state title.

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UNC Faces Stiff Challenge Against Texas

Game and time: Texas at North Carolina. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. Site: Kenan Stadium. TV/Radio: The game will be televised on ABC. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: Texas is 1-0, 0-0 in the Big 12. North Carolina is 1-1, 0-0 in the ACC. Series: Texas leads, 5-3. Personnel update: Texas -- none reported. North Carolina -- DT Eric Davis is out for the season with a knee injury.

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Keeran's Return Sparks Tar Heels

The return of Kelsey Keeran helped bolster the North Carolina field hockey team to its third win of the season against an overmatched Radford team Thursday. The ball didn't often venture far from Radford's goal. UNC (3-2) took 39 shots and 16 penalty corners to win the game 5-1. The Tar Heel defense carried a light load, as Radford (1-2) took only two shots the entire game, but the Highlanders did manage to score in the closing minutes off a penalty corner.

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Special Teams Concern Bunting

Despite kicker Dan Orner's three 50-plus-yard field goals Saturday, special teams are a big concern for John Bunting. At his weekly press conference Tuesday, the North Carolina football coach stressed the importance of improving special teams' play in Saturday's game against Texas. The third-ranked Longhorns boast one of the nation's most explosive punt returners in Nathan Vasher, who burned UNC last year by returning eight punts for a Texas-record 153 yards.

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Testo Suspended for Weekend Tournament

North Carolina men's soccer coach Elmar Bolowich has suspended senior forward David Testo for a minimum of two games for violating team rules following an altercation in which Testo was arrested on an assault charge Sunday. Testo will not travel with the Tar Heels this weekend when they journey to Providence, R.I., to take part in the adidas/Brown Classic. At a minimum, Testo will miss this weekend's games against Yale and Brown. His status for future games will be determined at a later date. Ramsey Named Co-Player of the Week

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Tarpley Shines in Collegiate Debut

Last weekend North Carolina freshman forward Lindsay Tarpley scored the golden goal for the U.S. Women's National Team in a 1-0 win over Canada to win the U-19 world championship. This weekend the UNC freshman was running circles around an overmatched Guilford squad and finding open shots against a pesky Washington team. "Being with the under-19 team has certainly helped prepare me for the college game," Tarpley said. She was more than prepared for this weekend's Carolina/Nike Classic.

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