MORNING BRIEFING: Irish look for another upset
One of the biggest women's crowds of the season is expected at the Nike/Carolina Classic Friday
night when No. 4 Notre Dame looks to knock off No. 2 North Carolina again.
The Irish upset UNC, 3-2, in a memorable third-round NCAA Tournament clash last year. The Irish attack -- Kerri Hanks
, Brittany Bock
and Michele Weissenhofer
-- that scored two goals 14
seconds apart in the 13th minute returns intact.
Senior Lauren Karas
, who held off a furious Carolina assault, has been replaced in goal by Kelsey Lysander
, who shut out Santa Clara, 2-0, on Sunday.
UNC, also 3-0 after two weeks, suffered extensive losses on its backline but has been boosted
by the play of Whitney Engen
, who has moved from the frontline to the back.
Only two UNC starters weren't around for last year's loss to Notre Dame
-- only their seventh in NCAA Tournament history. Ali Hawkins
red-shirted last year, and Courtney Jones, daughter of former San Francisco 49ers star Brent Jones
, is a freshman.
Sophomore Rachel Givan
has been making a case to break into the Heels' starting
WEEKEND TOP 25 ACTION
#1 USC vs. #12 Santa Clara
#2 North Carolina vs. #4 Notre Dame (Nike/Carolina
22 Tennessee vs. #14 West Virginia (First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic)
#4 Notre Dame vs. #11 Duke (Nike/Carolina Classic)
#21 Cal State Fullerton vs. #12 Santa Clara
#22 Tennessee vs. #13 Illinois (First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic)
#14 Wake Forest vs. #18 Texas A&M (Hawthorne Suites Hokie Invitational)