The GoHeels.com countdown of the of the top 25 games of the 2012-13 school year continues today with five more entries, taking the list from No. 20 to No. 16.
No. 20: Carolina 3, California 1 - Volleyball, Nov. 29, 2012
Amazingly, Carolina and Cal met in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship for the second consecutive season in 2012, with the two teams traveling to Ames, Iowa. The Tar Heels, who defeated the Golden Bears in Malibu, Calif., in 2011, topped their Pac-12 foes once again in 2012, winning three sets to one. UNC won a pair of close sets before Cal made it 2-1 with a 25-18 win in the third. But Carolina broke open a tight fourth set by winning 11 of the final 14 points to take the match and advance to face Iowa State in the second round.
No. 19: Carolina 4, USC 3 - Women's Tennis, Feb. 9, 2013
UNC had defeated eventual NCAA runner-up Texas A&M in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championships a day earlier and faced No. 4 Southern California in the quarters as an underdog. The Tar Heels fell in an early hole by losing the doubles point and trailed 3-1 in the dual before storming back to win. Lauren McHale, Caroline Price and Ashley Dai all won singles matches to set the stage for Whitney Kay, who beat Zoe Scandalis on court three, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, to complete the comeback victory.
No. 18: Carolina 11, Northwestern 8 - Women's Lacrosse, Feb. 22, 2013
Carolina laid the groundwork for its NCAA title season early in the year, as the Tar Heels knocked off national power Northwestern, 11-8, at Fetzer Field in February. The Wildcats had beaten UNC four straight times entering the game and were the defending national champions for the seventh time in eight years. But Carolina raced out to a 7-1 lead in the first half and staved off a fierce rally by the Wildcats as Abbey Friend completed her hat trick with a late goal to seal the win.
No. 17: Carolina 4, Maryland 3 (OT) - Field Hockey, Oct. 20, 2012
This epic was another meeting of national powers, as Carolina and Maryland had combined to win seven consecutive NCAA field hockey titles entering 2012. The showdown, which was a rematch of the previous three national title games, would decide the ACC regular season title and ultimately needed sudden death overtime to find a winner. After rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the second half, freshman Emily Wold potted the game-winning goal 6:24 into overtime to clinch the ACC crown.
No. 16: Carolina 72, Maryland 65 - Women's Basketball, March 9, 2013
Carolina women's basketball fans will perhaps always remember this ACC Tournament victory as the Latifah Coleman game. The reserve guard came off the bench to score 15 of her career-high 17 points in the final 6-plus minutes and UNC rallied from the second-largest deficit in tournament history to knock off Maryland, 72-65. Coleman, who was forced into action with starting point guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt saddled with foul trouble and an illness, was averaging under four points per game before her heroics sent the Tar Heels into the ACC final.
No. 21: Carolina 11, Johns Hopkins 10 (OT), Men's Lacrosse, March 30, 2013
No. 22: Carolina 1, Fairleigh Dickinson 0 (OT) - Men's Soccer, Nov. 25, 2012
No. 23: Peacock Smashes NCAA Record - Swimming and Diving, Dec. 2, 2012
No. 24: UNC's Big Day at ACCs - Track and Field, April 19, 2013
No. 25: Carolina 30, NC State 6 - Wrestling, Feb. 1, 2013