If You're Smart and You Play Soccer, You Go to UNC

That's the takeaway from the fact that Carolina soccer players swept the awards for something called the Elite 88, which is, well:

An award founded by the NCAA [that] recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships. 

Yay! It's the part of the NCAA that pretends to care about its student athletes.

Anyway, as both the men's and women's soccer teams made it to their respective Final Fours, the men's award went to Bill Dworsky, who's pulling a 4.0 in Economics and Comparative Lit while Kristi Eveland took the women's award with a 3.93 in Business Administration. Eveland was part of a starting defense for the Heels that only gave up 12 goals all season; UNC finished the year a few weeks back with the third national championship for this year's senior class and 20th overall with a 1-0 win over Stanford. The men's team battled Akron to a scoreless tie in their Final Four, only to lose on penalty kicks. Akron would go on and lose in the finals to Virginia, also on penalty kicks.

Between these performances and UNC women's field hockey championship, the Heels should be high in the Director's Cup standings that will be released today, with only Stanford and Virginia possibly having higher scores. Please try to go about your day normally, and do not crack under the immense tension.

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