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UNC Assistant Josh Dionne Knows Navy Well

UNC Assistant coach Josh Dionne spent two years in Annapolis with legendary coach Cindy Timchal. While he doesn’t know every player on the Navy team, he knows most of them. He will likely bring an interesting perspective to the preparation for this Elite 8 game as he is aware of the scoring prowess of Jenna and Julia Collins along with Morgan Young, Kelly Larkin and Meg O’Donnell.

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Navy Elite 8 Game Preview

Navy shocked Penn in the first round and dismantled UMass in the second round for an opportunity to play the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill in the Elite 8. The winner of this game will go to Boston to play in the Final Four on Memorial Day weekend.

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2016 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year – Jenny Levy

For the first time since 2010, UNC women’s lacrosse head coach Jenny Levy was named ACC women’s lacrosse coach of the year. This should come as no surprise to anyone that follows women’s lacrosse. The Tar Heels were undefeated in regular season play capturing the ACC regular season title before heading into the ACC Tournament in Blacksburg, Virginia. In Blacksburg, the hobbled Tar Heels found a way to get through the toughest conference in America to claim the crown.

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Was Marie McCool’s Stick Illegal?

Marie and Jenny Levy sure didn’t think so. All UNC fans were hoping it was not, but the referees thought differently. It is interesting that it took so long for the refs to figure this out. One would imagine it is as simply as a stick check and on with the game. What would have happened if Sammy Jo Tracy, Mallory Frysinger or Molly Hendrick would have won the draw? Would the refs have deemed their stick illegal?

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Maryland Outshoots the Tar Heels and Wins 13-11

Well, we saw why Taylor Cummings is the best player in women’s lacrosse. As predicted in my previous article, clears, turnovers and draw controls were going to determine the outcome of this game. Although the UNC goalies played extremely well the Terrapins were in control for most of this game. Maryland outshot the Tar Heels 32-17 and won a large number of the draws. In fact, no Tar Heel had more than one draw control.

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Turnovers and Clears Important for UNC vs Maryland

The defending national champion Maryland Terrapins will face their stiffest competition of the 2015 season on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. The Tar Heels will make the trip to College Park looking to continue their recent success against the Terps. The Tar Heels were the only team to beat the Terps in each of the last two season. Last year the Heels handled the Terps in Chapel Hill and the year prior the Heels beat Maryland to win the national championship.

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Kara Cannizzaro on the 2015 Tar Heels

“Carolina has, I believe, the biggest upside for the 2015 year. The Tar Heels almost return their whole starting line-up excluding Serpe and Friend. Now add in the injured players who have been fine-tuning their stick work while rehabbing their injuries: Coppa, Tracy, Devlin and Holman will all impact the Heels and add depth to an already athletic team. Add in a great freshman class headlined by McCool, The Heels look to only have an upside after a disappointing end to the 2014 season.” -Kara Cannizzaro

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