#2 Northwestern and #3 UNC Meet in NCAA Semifinals

The Tar Heels are 3-6 on the road in NCAA?competition, winning in 1997 at Virginia in the quarterfinals, in 2005 at Penn State in the opening round and in 2008 in the first round at Virginia.

Tar Heels Tie School Record for Wins in a Season

Carolina enters Friday's game against Northwestern with a record of 17-2 and needs one more victory to break the school record for wins in a season.

The school record is 17, first set by the 2002 team (17-3) and tied this spring.

The Tar Heels are 33-7 since the start of the 2009 season and are in the midst of the winningest two-year span in program history. UNC won 16 games in 2009, going 16-5.

UNC Making Fifth NCAA Semifinal Appearance

The win against Virginia last Saturday sent North Carolina to its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament semifinals and its second in a row.

The Tar Heels have reached the semifinals in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2009 and 2010, all under head coach Jenny Levy, who has guided the UNC program since its inception in 1996.

Carolina is 1-4 in its four previous Final Four appearances, reaching the NCAA championship game last year before losing to Northwestern. UNC lost in the semifinals in its first three appearances.

Series History Vs. Northwestern

Northwestern leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 6-2, including a Tar Heel win earlier this season in Evanston, Ill., and two Northwestern wins last season (see more detailed summaries below).

On April 18, 2010, in Evanston, Carolina beat Northwestern 18-16. The Wildcats beat the Tar Heels 12-7 in the 2009 regular season in Chapel Hill and 21-7 in the 2009 NCAA Tournament championship game.

Northwestern is 2-0 against Carolina in the NCAA Tournament with a quarterfinal win in 2006 in Evanston and a win in the 2009 NCAA title game in Towson, Md.

The Wildcats are 3-1 against UNC in games played in Evanston, including regular season wins in 2006 and 2008 and an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal win in '06 and a UNC regular season win in 2010.

Carolina beat Northwestern, 9-8, in two overtimes, in the 2007 regular season in Chapel Hill for its first win over Northwestern.

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2010-05-27



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