CHAPEL HILL — For the second year in a row, North Carolina has earned the top seed in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Tournament.
The Tar Heels (20-1) automatically qualified and will open play at home on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Stanford.
At-large selections Michigan and Old Dominion will meet in Saturday’s other game in Chapel Hill at 2 p.m. The winners play Sunday at 2 p.m.
ACC Awards: Maryland junior Patrick Mullins and Duke junior Sebastien Ibeagha highlight the All-ACC men’s soccer team.
Ibeagha was named Defensive Player of the Year and Mullins was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches.
North Carolina’s Danny Garcia received Freshman of the Year honors, while Maryland’s Sasho Cirovski was voted Coach of the Year.
Ibeagha, a defender, led the Duke defense to nine shutouts and a 0.70 goals against average, while also scoring a team-leading five goals and two assists.
North Carolina’s Garcia was second on the team with 14 points on four goals and six assists. Garcia has two game-winning goals this season, including the lone strike in a 1-0 win over Duke last Tuesday to propel the Tar Heels into the semifinals of the ACC Championship.
North Carolina’s Mikey Lopez and Boyd Okwuonu earned First Team honors along with Duke’s James Belshaw and N.C. State’s Alex Martinez.
Duke’s Sean Davis was joined by UNC’s Garcia, junior forward Andy Craven and senior goalkeeper Scott Goodwin on the Second Team.
The All-Freshman team included three area players: Duke defender Zach Mathers and defender Jonathan Campbell and Garcia, both from UNC.
Georgia Tech 3, North Carolina 2: The Yellow Jackets upset the Tar Heels 18-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 16-18. Senior Emily McGee had 13 kills and 12 digs for UNC, while junior Kayla Berringer tallied 14 kills and a block.
Florida State 3, Duke 0: Despite keeping the Seminoles’ offense in check, the Blue Devils fell 16-25, 24-26, 22-25.