More Good News for North Carolina/More Good News for the ACC
And the good news just keeps coming for the Tar Heels, as the North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team defeated the previously undefeated Maryland Terrapins in 3OT Sunday night for program’s first NCAA National Championship. Sammy Jo Tracy scored the deciding goal just 31 seconds into triple-overtime to give North Carolina the 13-12 advantage and end the game against their longtime ACC rival.
With the Tar Heel women’s soccer team also winning a national championship this year, North Carolina’s overall team National Championship total comes to 40, good for ninth all-time on the NCAA Division I list of schools with the most National Championships. With just three more team championships, the Tar Heels can surpass The University of Texas, Pennsylvania State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Arkansas on the list, despite having an enrollment of 8,000 less than the average of the schools above them. Congratulations to the team, and Coach Jenny Levy, who joins an elite group of current Tar Heel coaches with a National Championship- Roy Williams (Men’s Basketball), Sylvia Hatchell (Women’s Basketball), Anson Dorrance (Women’s Soccer), Carlos Somoano (Men’s Soccer), Karen Shelton (Women’s Field Hockey) and Brian Kalbas (Women’s Tennis).
But the day wasn’t just good for North Carolina, it was great for the conference. Five Atlantic Coast Conference teams got chosen to host regionals for the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, locking up bids in the field of 64. ACC Champion North Carolina (52-8), runner-up Virginia Tech (38-20), NC State (44-14), Florida State (44-15) and Virginia (47-10) were all chosen to host teams in the tournament’s first round. Miami (36-23), Clemson (39-20) and Georgia Tech (34-25) can also head into the week feeling fairly confident that they will make the tournament as well, making this one of the best years of ACC baseball in recent memory. The league looks to continue its success on the next level, giving the conference hope for a strong ACC-flavor at this year’s College World Series.