Continuing today and concluding on July 18, GoHeels.com will count down the top 25 games of the 2013-14 academic year. To catch up on the previous entries, click here.
No. 15: Carolina 1, Virginia 0 - Men's Soccer, Nov. 1, 2013
Defense was the name of the game for the Carolina men's soccer team in 2013, as the Tar Heels allowed just 13 goals in 20 matches to rank sixth in the nation in goals against average. So when Tyler Engel struck in the 11th minute at Virginia, the homestanding Cavaliers faced a tall task. UNC goalkeeper Brendan Moore needed just one save for the clean sheet, and the formidable defense duo of Boyd Okwuonu and Jonathan Campbell combined with Moore to keep Virginia at bay. The win snapped Virginia's 11-match unbeaten streak and clinched a spot in the ACC tournament for the Tar Heels.
No. 14: Carolina 4, Duke 1 - Men's Tennis, April 26, 2014
Sam Paul's resurgent Tar Heels entered the ACC Championship in Cary with a record of 22-4, but two of those losses had come in heartbreaking fashion to cross-town rival Duke. Less than a week after falling to the Blue Devils in the regular season finale, Carolina thumped Duke in the semifinals to earn a spot in the ACC title match. After Oystein Steiro and Nelson Vick clinched the doubles point in a tiebreak, Carolina got singles wins from Vick, Ronnie Schneider and Brett Clark to seal the dual.
No. 13: Carolina 4, Virginia 2 - Baseball, April 20, 2014
A young Carolina squad had gone toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Cavaliers in the first two games of a midseason ACC series, falling 3-2 and 3-1 before entering the Easter Sunday finale with hopes of avoiding a sweep. The Tar Heels did just that due in large part to their two most consistent performers of 2014 - Michael Russell and Reilly Hovis. Russell's two-run homer gave Carolina the lead in the fifth and Hovis set down all 11 batters he faced in relief of Zac Gallen to give the Tar Heels their first win over a No. 1-ranked team since 2011.
No. 12: Carolina 11, Maryland 8 - Men's Lacrosse, March 22, 2014
Stepping away from the friendly confines of Fetzer Field and into Kenan Stadium has been a recipe for drama-soaked success in recent seasons for Joe Breschi's Tar Heels. After winning the ACC title there in 2013, Carolina returned to the home of the Tar Heel football team to host No. 1 Maryland in March. UNC used an air-tight defensive effort to limit the Terps to just eight goals, and the Tar Heels never trailed after Walker Chafee's second-quarter goal made it 5-4. Joey Sankey, Pat Foster and Shane Simpson all had a pair of goals to lead the Carolina attack while Kieran Burke finished with 12 saves.
The fact that Carolina hadn't beaten its two biggest rivals away from home in the same season since 2008 was of little concern to a young Tar Heels squad that at times featured four freshmen in the starting lineup and had no seniors on the roster. UNC poured in 12 3-pointers and got a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double from Allisha Gray in an 89-78 win at Duke before Diamond DeShields hit NC State for a UNC freshman-record 38 points in an 89-82 victory in Raleigh just six days later.
No. 16: Carolina 45, Virginia 14 - Football, Nov. 9, 2013
No. 17: Carolina 17, Maryland 15 - Women's Lacrosse, April 5, 2014
No. 18: Carolina 2, Connecticut 1 - Field Hockey, Oct. 26, 2013
No. 19: Henderson's All-America Run At NCAAs - Wrestling, March 20-22, 2014
No. 20: Carolina 5, Virginia 2 - Women's Tennis, March 8, 2014
No. 21: Carolina 3, Illinois 0 - Volleyball, Sept. 20, 2013
No. 22: Carolina 93, Louisville 84 - Men's Basketball, Nov. 24, 2013
No. 23: Carolina Men, Annie LeHardy Shine At XC Nationals - Cross Country, Nov. 23, 2013
No. 24: Carolina Sweeps Rivals To End Home Schedule - Men's Swimming and Diving, Jan. 25 and 31, 2014
No. 25: Carolina 12, Virginia Tech 8 - Softball, March 2, 2014