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Record 385 Tar Heels Named To ACC Academic Honor Roll

A record 385 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday by the league. It's the second year in a row and the fourth time in the past five years that UNC has established a new high and the fifth year in a row that more than 300 Tar Heel student-athletes have been honored. (GoHeels.com)

Four Tar Heels Start Women's Lacrosse World Cup Quest July 13

Four UNC products will be among the 19 active players on the United States roster seeking the 2017 Women's World Cup July 13-22 in Guildford, England. Rising Tar Heel senior midfielder Marie McCool will join Carolina graduates defender Kristen Carr (UNC 2010), defender Jen Russell (UNC '10) and midfielder Laura Zimmerman (UNC '13) on the American squad. (GoHeels.com)

UNC finishes 5th nationally in race for the Learfield Directors’ Cup

UNC finished fifth in the final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup standings, the Tar Heels' 11th top-five and 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. It marks the 18th time UNC is the highest-ranked ACC program. The Directors' Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men's and 10 women's programs per school. (GoHeels.com)

Five Tar Heels Named Men's Lacrosse All-ACC Academic

Five members of coach Joe Breschi's 2017 ACC men's lacrosse championship team headline the All-ACC Academic Men's Lacrosse Team as announced Tuesday. Senior midfielder Stephen Kelly of Lutherville, Md., and senior defenseman Austin Pifani of Roslyn, Pa., were both named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the third time in their careers. (GoHeels.com)

Marie McCool Named ACC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year For Lacrosse

North Carolina junior Marie McCool has been named the 2017 ACC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Academic Women's Lacrosse Team, announced Tuesday by Commissioner John Swofford. A midfielder from Moorestown, N.J., McCool was a 2017 Tewaaraton Award finalist and a two-time IWLCA first-team All-American. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Cunningham focused on $100 million facility project

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham has long talked about the need to build an indoor football practice facility or upgrade the aging home to the school's soccer and lacrosse programs. That work has finally begun as part of a roughly $100 million project, one that has left a big hole near the middle of campus and will force a dozen programs to adjust practice or game routines for the coming year. (Associated Press)

Molly Hendrick Joins Ohio State Women's Lacrosse Staff

Buckeye assistant coach Jill Byers has been promoted to associate head coach, while newcomer Molly Hendrick will take on the role of assistant coach. Hendrick finished her playing career at UNC this past spring as one of the best players in program history. She was a two-time All-American and three-time All-ACC honoree, ending her career with 186 goals and 220 points. (GoHeels.com)

Marie McCool Nominated For Honda Sports Award

Marie McCool of North Carolina, Kenzie Kent from Boston College, Stony Brook University's Kylie Ohlmiller and Zoe Stukenberg from the University of Maryland are the four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Lacrosse. The Honda Sport Award has been presented by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Has Six Players Selected in Major League Lacrosse Draft

This past Sunday, six UNC men’s lacrosse players heard their names called during the annual Major League Lacrosse draft–which was held in Boston. ACC Defender of the Year, and First Team All-American selection, Austin Pifani was the first Tar Heel selected when the New York Lizards chose him in the second round with the 14th overall pick. (Chapelboro.com)

2016-2017 was an incredible year for North Carolina athletics

A national championship, five Final Fours (or NCAA Tournament semi-finals), and five ACC regular season or tournament championships. There were also awards won and records set—both individual and team achievements. At times, it seems easy to take the success that Carolina has had for granted and just brush it off as another typical year for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)

Four Tar Heels Named To USILA All-America Team

Four members of the UNC men's lacrosse team were named Wednesday to the All-America Teams named by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Tar Heel selections include senior defenseman Austin Pifani, who was named to the first-team All-America squad. Junior defenseman Chris Cloutier was tapped for the third-team All-America squad. (GoHeels.com)

Navy women's lacrosse shocks defending champ UNC

Aly Messinger knows a little something about going to women's lacrosse final fours. The first-year Navy assistant coach went to two as a player at UNC, earning Most Outstanding Player honors last spring while leading the Tar Heels to a national championship. So when she gathered her players and told them what it takes, the Midshipmen listened intently. (Annapolis Capital Gazette)

UNC Women's Lacrosse Season Ends With 16-14 Loss To Navy

Unseeded Navy closed the game on a 6-1 run in the final 16:06 and defeated defending national champion North Carolina, 16-14, in an NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at Fetzer Field. After trailing most of the first half, the Tar Heels went on a 5-0, second-half run to take a 13-10 lead with 17:39 to play. Navy responded with its 6-1 run. (GoHeels.com)

Navy women's lacrosse seeks major upset against UNC in NCAA quarterfinals

On paper, it's a complete mismatch. North Carolina is one of the blue bloods of women's college lacrosse, an annual national championship contender. Navy is an upstart. The Tar Heels are seeking their 10th Final Four appearance and third national title. The Midshipmen have reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their 10-year history as a Division I program. (Annapolis Capital Gazette)

Navy-North Carolina lacrosse connections abound

Josh Dionne is in his first season as offensive coordinator at North Carolina after serving in the same capacity at Navy the previous two years. Those two schools will meet this Saturday with a berth in the NCAA semifinals on the line. It sets up a strange situation for Dionne, who just last year was designing offensive sets and plays in Annapolis. (Annapolis Capital Gazette)

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