Monday, November 22, 2010

North Carolina's "Black Weekend"

While a number of ACC schools were getting roughed up over the weekend, nobody took it on the chin quite like the Tar Heels.

Their football rival, N.C. State, used a tip pass and punt return to defeat the Heels in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

That loss was the unfortunate meat in a multi-loss sandwich with the UNC men’s basketball squad lost providing the bread – losing on Friday to Minnesota and again on Sunday to Vanderbilt.

Over on the hockey field, the UNC women lost the National Championship to rival Maryland in double overtime 3-2. Mind you, the Terps are no chumps when it comes to hockey having won seven national titles and four of the last six (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010).

All of that said, perhaps the most shocking loss over this grim fairy tale of a weekend involved the storied UNC women’s soccer team. This Chapel Hill squad wins National Championships at such a furious pace it’s hard to keep up. (Actually, it’s 20 of 22 ACC soccer championships and 20 out of 28 NCAA championships, but who’s counting?)

Unfortunately, former championship game victim seventh-ranked Notre Dame (whom the Heels beat in the final in 2006 and 2008) defeated third-ranked Tar Heels 4-1 in the third round. North Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA champion, saw its season end at 19-3-2, suffering only its seventh NCAA Tournament loss in history. Yep, that’s what is says SEVEN losses in NCAA tourney history…

Last, and certainly not least…OK, maybe a little...the UNC grapplers got whipped by Wisconsin the ACC/Big Ten wrestling challenge.

Conversely, over in the let’s “give credit where credit is due” category, the 14th-ranked UNC women’s basketball team easily defeated Coastal Carolina on Friday and Western Carolina on Sunday by remarkably similar lopsided scores (93-37 and 93-36).

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