UNC baseball finishes season as consensus top-15 team

UNC baseball finishes the season as a consensus top-15 team in the country following a trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Super Regional round.

The UNC baseball program had a terrific turnaround to the 2022 season and because of that, ends the season as a consensus top-15 team in the country.

The Tar Heels finished the season 42-22 and played host to a Regional and Super Regional in the NCAA Tournament. They would eventually lose to Arkansas 2-0 in the Super Regional.

UNC’s highest ranking in the final polls was No. 13 in the Baseball America poll. They were highest in both the NCBWA and USA Today poll at No. 15.

After going 15-15 in ACC play, the Tar Heels needed to win the ACC Tournament to have a good feeling about making the NCAA Tournament field. UNC would go on to win four games and win the Title, with a 9-5 win over NC State.

Before the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels won 11 of 13 to end the regular season. In total, UNC baseball won 19 of the final 24 games of its season.

The Tar Heels finished 33-9 in Chapel Hill this year, proving to have one of the better home field advantages in baseball.

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Former Tar Heel is PGA Tour Bound

After playing for UNC from 2014 to 2018, Ben Griffin found himself back on the golf course with his drive giving him new life, earning a PGA Tour ticket.

A dream has come true for former Tar Heel golfer Ben Griffin.

The golfer has officially clinched a spot in the PGA Tournament after his runner-up finish at this last week’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD Synnex. He crossed the fail-safe threshold of the 875 points to earn his PGA Tour car.

Griffin was a member of the UNC men’s golf team from 2014 to 2018, writing his name in the books as one of the best during his time in the Carolina blue. He earned two honorable mentions for All-American and tied the course record at UNC Finley with a 62 in 2017.

Griffin also has two tournament wins under his belt and ten top-10 finishes. In 2017 he tied for second in the ACC championship and tied for 11th in the NCAA championship.

What makes Griffin’s story so special is that just last year he walked away from swinging the golf club to become a loan officer, but now he will be playing in the PGA Tour.

This just goes to show that it’s never too late.

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UNC among Topps NIL sports cards releasing this year

Topps will produce trading cards featuring college programs including the UNC athletics program.

You will soon be able to collect trading cards of your favorite North Carolina Tar Heels that aren’t pros just yet.

On Thursday, Topps announced it has secured the long-term rights to produce trading cards with 35 college partners, set to begin as early as 2023. And among the programs are the Tar Heels.

As part of Fanatics Collectibles, Topps will produce cards for both the UNC football and basketball programs. That will allow fans to collect their favorite players before they get to the big leagues. The deal is part of the new NIL rules and allows cards to be made that are licensed by Topps, something they have not done yet.

Here is what Fanatics said via a statement:

“This collection is the first offering of officially licensed collegiate cards featuring current athlete NIL rights. We’re thrilled at the opportunity to launch these comprehensive programs that combine premier student-athletes and elite institutions to create a best-in-class collegiate trading card product for fans and collectors,” said Dave Leiner, Topps Global Vice President and General Manager.

The timeline for production and release has not been made available but we should see these out some time for the upcoming seasons.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse finishes season atop poll

The UNC Women’s Lacrosse team finishes atop the final ILWomen/IWLCA Poll for the 2022 season.

After completing an incredible unbeaten season that was capped off by a national championship, the UNC Women’s Lacrosse program finished this season ILWomen/IWLCA Poll.

And that’s no surprise.

UNC was No. 1 in the final rankings for the 2022 season, and rightfully so with what they accomplished. With a 22-0 season that was finished off with a big comeback against Northwestern and then a late comeback against Boston College, UNC captured another national championship.

Boston College finished No. 2 in the poll while Maryland, Northwestern and Stony Brook wrapped up the top 5. UNC beat three of those four teams in the tournament.

UNC held the No. 1 spot in the poll since Week 6 back and March and never gave it up from there. They beat Boston College that week who at the time was the defending national champion and number one team in the poll.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse captures national championship

The UNC Women’s Lacrosse team has won the third national championship in program history with a 12-11 win over Boston College.

The UNC Women’s Lacrosse team has redemption.

A year after losing to No. 4 Boston College as the No. 1 seed in the semifinals, the Tar Heels got revenge and completed the perfect season on Sunday. UNC rallied back in the fourth quarter to beat the Eagles 12-11.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 5-2 lead after the first quarter but watched the Eagles mount a comeback. Boston College cut the lead down to just two at halftime, trailing 7-5. But in the third quarter, the Eagles outscored the Tar Heels 3-1 and took an 8-7 lead.

UNC mounted a comeback as the teams alternated goals and the Tar Heels grabbed a two-goal lead late. They held off Boston College to seal the deal and earn the program’s third national title.

Sam Geiersbach led the way with three goals while Jamie Ortega and Ally Mastroianni added two goals a piece.

Senior Taylor Moreno made 11 saves on the day to help the Tar Heels to victory.

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UNC Women’s Lax completes big comeback to beat Northwestern

The UNC Women’s Lacrosse team completed an epic comeback on Saturday to stun Northwestern and advance to the national championship game.

The UNC Women’s Lacrosse team is heading to the national championship and they are doing so in a comeback fashion.

After falling behind 6-0 early and then 13-6 going into the fourth quarter, UNC outscored Northwestern 9-1 in that final quarter to win 15-14 and move on in the tournament.

It was an epic comeback for a UNC team that is now 21-0 on the year and struggled in the first half which included a lightning delay.

Every time UNC would cut into the lead, Northwestern had an answer with a few goals. But then the fourth quarter came and it was all Tar Heels.

Sam Geiersbach led the way with 5 goals and 2 assists while  Jamie Ortega and Ally Mastroianni had three goals each. Ortega also added three assists to her stat line.

The eight-goal comeback was the largest in the NCAA Tournament since 2007.  UNC has advanced to their fifth national championship game appearance and first since 2016.

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Two Tar Heels named to USILA All-America

Two UNC Lacrosse players were honored with All-America selections on Thursday.

Two North Carolina men’s lacrosse players are earning honors for the past season, being recognized by the USILA as All-Americans.

On Thursday, Chris Gray and Connor Maher were named to the All-America team. Gray earned first-team honors while Maher was named to the second team. In addition to that, Gray was also named the Col. JI Turnbull Award winner, which is awarded to the best attackman from that season.

Gray led UNC with 48 goals and 32 assists this past season and was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season while also earning All-ACC honors.

Maher, a team captain, also earned All-ACC honors as a short-stick defensive midfielder. He forced 8 turnovers and had 43 ground balls this past season for the Tar Heels.

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Five Tar Heels Earn ILWomen All-American Nods

The Tar Heels have shown complete domination throughout the season, and now the players are getting recognized for it.

The UNC women’s lacrosse team has five athletes earning some recognition as they prepare for the Final Four this weekend.

Five Tar Heels were named to the ILWomen All-American team, celebrating their success so far this season.

UNC has been dominating this year with a perfect 20-0 record. Now, some players are getting their flowers for it. Jamie Ortega, Ally Mastroianni, and Emma Trenchard were all named to ILWomen All-American First Team.

Meanwhile, Emily Nalls made the second team and Taylor Moreno on the third team.

So far in the NCAA tournament as the top seed, UNC has dominated Virginia 24-2 and slid past Stony Brook 8-5. Andie Aldave has led the Heels in goals with six goals on ten shots in the two games played.

The No.1 Tar Heels will take on No. 4 Northwestern in the semi-finals in hopes to play for the national championship.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse heading back to Final Four

The UNC women’s lacrosse program is going to the Final Four for the 13th time in history following a win over Stony Brook on Thursday.

The UNC women’s lacrosse program has punched its ticket back to the Final Four with a 8-5 comeback win on Thursday.

After taking a 2-1 lead after one quarter over Stony Brook, UNC found themselves trailing 4-3 at the break. They fell behind 5-4 late in the third quarter before rallying and going on a 4-0 run to close out the game and punch their ticket to the Final Four for the 13th time in program history.

Andie Aldave led the way with three goals while Taylor Moreno had 10 saves in the win.

Sam Geiersbach had two goals while Caitlyn Wurzburger, Elizabeth Hillman and Brooklyn Neumen each tallied a goal.

The win moved UNC to 20-0 on the year and will play Northwestern in the semifinal next Friday. The Wildcats punched their ticket by beating Syracuse on Thursday.

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UNC women’s LAX sets program record in win over Virginia

The UNC women’s lacrosse team had a record-breaking day in their NCAA Tournament win over Virginia.

The North Carolina women’s lacrosse team made some history on Sunday in their NCAA Tournament win over Virginia.

The No. 1 seeded Tar Heels took down No. 15 Virginia in dominant fashion, beating the Cavaliers 24-2, which is the most goals in an NCAA Tournament game for the program. With the win, UNC improved their record to 19-0 overall this season as they have continued their dominant play.

Jamie Ortega led the way with four goals and five assists while Caitlyn Wurzburger added a goal and six assists. Ally Mastroianni, Scottie Rose Growney and Andie Aldave all added three goals in the game.

UNC will now face off against Stony Brook (16-2) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at home. The game begins at 7:30 and will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

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