CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina athletic department on Saturday received national recognition for the overall excellence of its women’s teams, which won three national championships during the 2012-13 academic year.
During a ceremony during the first half of the Tar Heels’ 40-20 victory against Middle Tennessee State, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham received the Capital One Cup trophy, which is awarded annually to the best men’s and women’s athletic programs in the nation. The UNC women became the first program in the ACC to receive the Capital One Cup.
Stanford, which had won the award the past two years, finished in second place.
“They went and had a great year, and it’s really neat to see them honored,” Cunningham said. “Capital One separating the men’s and the women’s allows two schools to win, and I’m delighted for the teams because they had a great year.”
The UNC women won national championships last year in soccer and lacrosse, and its field hockey and tennis teams finished among the top 10 nationally. The Tar Heels also won a national championship in indoor tennis, which didn’t count towards the Capital One Cup standings.
The Capital One Cup trophy also came with a $200,000 check, which goes into the athletic department’s scholarship fund. Cunningham received the trophy and check along with representatives from several of UNC’s women’s teams.
“(UNC women’s soccer coach) Anson (Dorrance) didn’t quit at one, so we want to continue to get them,” Cunningham said. “And now the challenge will be to get the men to compete for it as well. And we were in the hunt, but we’ve just got to get a little bit better.”
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