Carolina rewards 7 national championship coaches with new contracts
The University of North Carolina has agreed in principle on three-year contracts with five head coaches – Joe Breschi (men’s lacrosse), Anson Dorrance (women’s soccer), Sam Paul (men’s tennis), Karen Shelton (field hockey) and Carlos Somoano (men’s soccer) – and is extending the contracts of women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell and women’s lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy.
These are the first multiyear contracts for Breschi, Dorrance, Shelton, Somoano and Paul, agreements that run through the 2018-19 seasons. Hatchell’s extension is for two years through 2019-20. Levy’s is a one-year extension through 2018-19.
The seven coaches have combined for 34 national championships at UNC. Five of the seven have been head coaches at Carolina for 20-plus seasons, including 40 years for Dorrance, 36 for Shelton, 31 for Hatchell, 24 for Paul and 22 for Levy.
The UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees has approved the terms of the contracts.
UNC: Sophomore Malin Evert scored in the 90th minute of play Friday night to lift the fifth-ranked Tar Heels to a double-overtime win, 3-2 over No. 1 Syracuse in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at Francs E. Henry Stadium. The team improved to 7-2 overall, 2-1 in ACC play. Syracuse is now 7-1, 2-1 ACC.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons fell to Louisville, 2-0, on Friday at Kentner Stadium. The Deacs recorded a season-low three shots and one penalty corner on the night, while the Cardinals tallied 15 shots and five penalty corners. Cat O’Connor was strong in goal, recording a career-high-tying six saves. The Demon Deacons face the Golden Bears of California on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Kentner Stadium.
N.C. State: The team narrowly fell to No. 24 Notre Dame 1-0 Thursday night. The Fighting Irish scored in the 38th minute and held off a strong Wolfpack rally throughout the second half to escape with the win. The Wolfpack moves to 7-3-0, while Notre Dame improves to 6-1-3 with the win. The loss ends the Pack’s six-match winning streak and run of four straight shutouts.
Duke: For the fourth time in four matches, the Blue Devils and Louisville battled 110 minutes and finished without a goal in Thursday’s ACC match in Durham. The sixth-ranked team outshot the Cardinals 31-9 but couldn’t get anything in the back of the net. The two squads have played a total of 440 minutes in the series and have yet to score a goal. With the draw, both teams move to 6-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 in league action.
Wake Forest: No. 2-ranked Florida State broke a scoreless tie with three second-half goals in a 3:09 span to beat the Demon Deacons, 3-0, at the Seminole Soccer Complex on Thursday night.
UNC: Freshman striker Bridgette Andrzejewski came off the bench to record a brace and senior goalkeeper Lindsey Harris made 10 saves as the No. 18 team defeated No. 19 Virginia Tech 3-0 Thursday night. The Tar Heels halted a two-game losing streak as Carolina improved to 6-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.
UNC: Sophomore Nils Bruening scored four goals to help No. 3 Tar Heels to a 5-0 dismantling of 16th-ranked Boston College on Friday night at Fetzer Field.
N.C. State/Wake Forest: The N.C. State men’s soccer team returns to action on Saturday evening, taking on its second-ranked opponent in three matches with a visit to No. 14 Wake Forest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Wake Forest will look to improve upon its now program-record shutout streak. Dating back to 1980, the Demon Deacons hold a 24-11-5 record all-time against the Wolfpack and have not lost to N.C. State since falling 2-1 against the Wolfpack on Oct. 30, 2005.
Campbell: Campbell opens Pioneer Football League play at home, hosting Butler in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Barker-Lane Stadium Saturday. The Camels average 280.7 rushing yards per game, eighth in the nation.
N.C. State/UNC: The N.C. State volleyball team went head-to-head with 12th-ranked UNC-Chapel Hill and led 2-1 in the match, but the Tar Heels rallied for the five-set (17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 7-15) victory Thursday night inside Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack falls to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while the Tar Heels improve to 9-2 and 1-0 in league action.
Shaw: The team blanked Livingstone College 3-0 Thursday night in C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium by scores of 25-13, 25-22 and 25-13. The win is their six consecutive match win and improves the Lady Bears’ record to 6-5 overall, 4-0 in the CIAA and 1-0 in the Southern Division. The sophomore tandem of Keveesha Wattley and Kelly Murphy led Shaw in kills with 13 each.
Campbell: Jenny Tait and Rachel Harty each recorded a team-high eight kills en route to a 3-0 victory against UNC Asheville Friday evening inside Gore Arena.
Mount Olive: The team swept Pfeiffer University, 25-13, 25-13, 25-12, in Conference Carolinas action Friday night.
Elon: The team rallied from two sets down to keep the match alive Friday but was not able to overcome James Madison, falling 3-1 (16-25, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25) in Alumni Gym in its Colonial Athletic Association opener. The Phoenix (13-4, 0-1 CAA) saw a team-high 13 kills from Ebony Scott followed by 12 kills from Sydney Busa. Sydel Curry tallied a match-high 34 assists, while Maddie Jaudon finished with 11 digs.
Campbell: For the fourth time in five years, the school will represent the Big South Conference in the Golfweek Conference Challenge next week at Wolcott, Colo. The women’s team, which has earned 19 NCAA regional berths in 24 seasons, including five straight, has finished fourth twice at the challenge in addition to last year’s fifth-place showing at Red Sky. As for the men, coming off a runner-up finish in the Golfweek Program Challenge, the team continues its fall schedule next week in the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational.
Duke: The women’s team makes the trip to St. Paul, Minn., to compete in Saturday’s Roy Griak Invitational. The highly competitive Jack Johnson Women’s Gold field, which includes nine nationally ranked teams, is slated for a 2:35 p.m. start. The men’s team returns to competition Saturday, traveling to St. Paul for the 31st running of the Roy Griak Invitational. The Merrill Fischbein Men’s Gold competition, slated for a 1:20 p.m. start, features a 30-team field that includes eight nationally ranked programs.
Duke: The program will start its fall slate next week, welcoming High Point for a scrimmage Friday at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils’ fall schedule includes play days at Johns Hopkins and Towson, as well as the program’s annual Duke Fall Invitational. The team returns 31 letterwinners and eight starters from its 2015 squad, which compiled an 11-9 ledger and made the program’s 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, reaching the second round.
N.C. State: The team began the Wolfpack Invitational with nine wins on day one at Dail Stadium on Friday. The Wolfpack took on Princeton and Ole Miss in doubles play and finished the evening in singles matches against Oklahoma. Competition will resume Saturday at 9 a.m. as the Pack takes on Oklahoma in doubles.
Wake Forest: The team opened play in its second tournament of the fall season Friday night in the Furman Fall Classic with seven victories over singles and doubles action. The Demon Deacons continue play Saturday morning on day 2 of the Furman Invitational.
Campbell: The Camels opened fall practice Friday at Jim Perry Stadium. They will host their annual scout day Monday and the team’s first scrimmage Sept. 30.
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