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USA field hockey denies Erin Matson opportunity to play in 2024 Olympics

With the 2024 Paris Olympics around the corner, it would seem like would be preparing for the games with the rest of Team USA — a team she has been part of since the age of 17. However, Matson said that she was denied the opportunity to even tryout for the team, despite meeting all eligibility criteria outlined by USA Field Hockey bylaws. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: One-on-one with Aranza Vazquez and Erin Matson

University of North Carolina diver and four-time national champion joins five-time field hockey national champion (and current UNC Field Hockey coach) for an exclusive one-on-one feature between two of the greatest Tar Heels in their respective sports to discuss their combined 9 national titles and more. (View Video)

Erin Matson Issues Statement on Olympic Field Hockey Tryout Denial

, the head coach of the reigning national champion North Carolina field hockey team and a four-time national champion as a player, has been denied the opportunity to try out for the U.S. Olympic team at its trials in Charlotte on Monday. Matson confirmed the news via a statement on social media Thursday. "I met all selection criteria." (

Erin Matson still hopes to be an Olympian, but she’s ‘living my dream’ coaching UNC

After Team USA clinched a spot in the 2024 Paris Games, , whose Tar Heels won the NCAA Field Hockey title last November in her first season at the helm, wanted to make a push for a tryout spot with the Olympic team. To get back into competing, the 24-year-old played in the Indoor Pan American Cup from March 19-22 in Calgary, Canada. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

How UNC's elite athletes use mental health as an edge

Dr. Jeni Shannon. Shannon, director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program, works UNC athletic teams in weekly sports psychology meetings. Whether it’s performance anxiety or body image, Shannon is there to help. UNC defensive lineman is one of the most prominent advocates for mental health. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: "To Be A Champion Is A Choice" - UNC Field Hockey Documentary

The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media presents this documentary celebrating North Carolina Field Hockey's 2023 National Championship - the eleventh in program history. Featuring interviews with Tar Heel players and Coach . (View Video)

Chapel Hill middle school athlete recovers from brain injury with help of UNC Football

Twelve-year-old Lee Fitch looks right at home competing for his Middle School basketball team in Chapel Hill. It’s hard to imagine that less than three years ago, Lee nearly died. And his recovery from a brain injury has been aided by an organization called Team Impact, which matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams. (CBS 17)

Ryleigh Heck Wins Field Hockey Honda Award

UNC sophomore Ryleigh Heck is the winner of the 2024 Honda Sport Award for field hockey, as announced on Tuesday by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. She's the sixth Tar Heel to win the honor, following Leslie Lyness (1989), (1996 and 1997), Rachel Dawson (2007), (2018), and (2019, 2020, and 2022). (

Tar Heels Lead In 2023-24 Learfield Directors’ Cup Through Fall

National Player of the Year Ryleigh Heck's game-winning goal led the Tar Heels to their 11th field hockey national championship and catapulted UNC to the top of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings after completion of the seven fall Division I championships. Field hockey was one of four UNC sports to finish in the top five in the fall in NCAA competition. (

Which UNC athletes will be the Tar Heels’ best in 2024?

A new year has arrived, and it’s time to look at some athletes who could thrive for North Carolina in 2024. UNC Field Hockey provided the top highlight in 2023, winning a national championship for the fifth time in six seasons. Representing seven sports, here’s a look at 11 UNC standouts primed to make headlines in 2024 as the top Tar Heels on campus. (Fayetteville Observer)
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