Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Field Hockey.
Interview with Team USA Olympian, former UNC field hocker player Rachel Dawson
Rachel Dawson (BSBA ’07) will represent Team USA in Rio – her third Olympic Games. We caught up with the former UNC Field Hockey scholar-athlete to get the inside scoop on what it’s like competing on the world’s biggest stage and the essentials for building an all-star team.
Team USA Field Hockey Opens Olympic Play With Win Over No. 2 Argentina
The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team, which includes five UNC alums, opened Olympic play Saturday with a surprising 2-1 win over Argentina, currently ranked second in the world and a favorite in the medal race in Rio. Tar Heels on the team are goalkeeper Jackie Briggs, Rachel Dawson, Katelyn Falgowski, Kelsey Kolojejchick and Caitlin Van Sickle.
Seventeen Tar Heels to represent four countries in Rio
Beginning this week, the rest of the sports world will stop for nearly a month as more than 10,000 athletes from the around the world travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete for gold in the Summer Olympic Games. And 17 of those elite athletes are Tar Heels.
Karen Shelton Reflects On Olympic Experience
As a player, UNC field hockey coach Karen Shelton was a member of two U.S. Olympic teams: the 1980 team that boycotted the Games and the 1984 team that competed in Los Angeles and won a bronze medal, the USA’s highest finish ever. As the UNC coach, she has watched current and former players compete. This year’s U.S. squad includes five former Tar Heels.
Seventeen Tar Heels In 2016 Olympics
Beginning Aug. 5, athletes from the around the world travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the Summer Olympics. And 17 of those athletes are Tar Heels. Representing the United States, Turkey, India and New Zealand, former UNC student-athletes will contend for medals in track and field, field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s soccer.
UNC Olympic sports and the impact of the ACC Network
As Cunningham says in the video above, the ACC Network will give the Olympic teams at UNC much more exposure. The network will allow for fans, family, and recruits to watch these teams from anywhere in the world. This certainly will help in recruiting new athletes. It will show recruits, who may not be able to easily get to Chapel Hill, all that UNC has to offer.
UNC will be well represented at the Olympics
When the 2016 Olympics kick off, UNC will be well represented with a mix of Olympic veterans and first timers. Some will earn a medal, and others unfortunately will not. Regardless, some of these events represent the pinnacle of their given sport, and they should all be commended. These athletes will proudly display the colors of their home countries.
2016 Olympians with NC ties
Across the world, thousands of athletes train endlessly in the hopes of representing their country in the Olympics. As the 2016 Games in Rio draw near, more than 50 athletes with ties to the Tar Heel State have punched their tickets to Brazil.
Tar Heels Excel In Capital One Cups
UNC placed second in the country in the men’s competition and tied for fourth in the women’s in the final standings of the 2015-16 Capital One Cups. UNC joined Oklahoma and Stanford as the only schools whose men’s and women’s programs both placed in the top 10. The Capital One Cup is awarded based on cumulative on-field performance across multiple sports.
UNC Top 25 Wins of 2015-16: No. 8
No. 8: Carolina 2, Syracuse 1 (OT) - Field Hockey, Nov. 8, 2015: When a program has won 18 conference championships, two years can feel like a legitimate title drought. And that's exactly what faced the North Carolina field hockey team when it met top-ranked and unbeaten Syracuse in Charlottesville on November 8.
ACC Academic Honor Roll Includes All-Time High From UNC
An all-time high 356 UNC student-athletes have been named to the 2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday. The ACC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year.
UNC's Top Wins of 2015-2016: No. 15-No. 11
No. 13: UNC 83, Syracuse 66 (Final Four) - Men's Basketball, April 2, 2016: Carolina faced a familiar opponent in its first Final Four since 2009 when the Tar Heels took on 10th-seeded Syracuse in the national semifinals. Four Tar Heels finished in double figures, including Justin Jackson and Brice Johnson, who had game highs of 16 points each.
Twenty-Four Tar Heels Earned Perfect Grades In Spring
Twenty-four UNC student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the 2016 spring semester. Among them are three Tar Heels who were also national champions this spring: women’s lacrosse team members Kelly Devlin, Mallory Frysinger and Elizabeth Haus. Three other student-athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs in both the fall and spring semesters.
Five From UNC Named To U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team
Five UNC graduates have been selected for the 16-member squad that will represent the U.S. in women’s field hockey at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil in August. Jackie Briggs, Rachel Dawson, Katelyn Falgowski, Kelsey Kolojejchick and Caitlin Van Sickle were named to the team, announced Friday.
UNC 7th In Learfield Directors' Cup Final Standings
UNC finished seventh in the final 2015-16 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Carolina’s 19th top-10 finish in the 23-year history of the award and the 17th time the Tar Heels led all ACC schools. The Directors’ Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men’s and 10 women’s programs per school.