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UNC Claims Women's Capital One Cup

Buoyed by national championships in soccer and lacrosse, Carolina has won the Capital One Cup as the top women's athletic program in the country.

Drew Hallowell

Carolina's girls certainly are the best in America, if not the world, according to one source.

Dean Smith once famously said North Carolina wasn't a basketball school, it was a women's soccer school. In the 2012-13 year, it has also been a women's lacrosse and tennis school as well. UNC has been awarded the Capital One Cup as the top women's athletics program in the country. The Tar Heels finished 11.5 points ahead of runner-up Stanford.

Carolina captured women's NCAA titles in soccer and lacrosse, and an indoor tennis season title as well. UNC, which led the standings after the fall season, fell to fourth heading into the spring but the lacrosse championship and a 4th-place finish in tennis pushed the Heels back in front to stay.

UNC has always been a leader in women's athletics and it is nice to see the program recognized in this manner. The Capital One Cups recognize men's and women's programs individually, while the older and more well-known NCADA Learfield Directors' Cup recognizes a university's overall program. Carolina won the inaugural Directors' Cup but Stanford has won that honor for the past 18 years and is a lock to win it for a 19th year. Carolina is currently 4th in those standings and should easily wrap up its 10th top-5 finish in that competition.