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The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 15, 19877
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By ANDREW PODOLSKY
Number 32 streaks down Fetzer
Field, weaving in between defenders
to zip a shot over the goalie's right
shoulder. The crowd, on hand to
watch the defending national cham
pion Tar Heels, explodes as the team
takes one step closer to this year's
NCAA tournament. A seasoned fan
leans over to me and says excitedly,
"Boy, that Cox kid sure has a lot
of natural ability, doesn't he? And
he looks like he's having so much
Judging from his attitude on and
off the field, it is definitely safe to
say that freshman midfielder Scott
Cox is enjoying his inaugural season
with the UNC lacrosse team. "1 love
it here. From the weather to the
people there's just no way you can
beat Chapel Hill," Cox said. Stand
ing just over six feet tall with an
evenly distributed 180 pounds. Cox
is able to do more than score.
He also dishes out beaucoup de
punishment as well. Many times this
season, the fans have been treated
to the opponents Cox has strewn
across the field slowly rise from a
crushing check. Yet Cox never seems
to deliver these blows with the
slightest bit of malicious intent.
Cox, hailing from lacrosse pow
erhouse Sachem High School on
Long Island, New York, has had to
contend with many factors that had
the potential to provide a difficult
UNC basketball players receive awards
From staff reports
All-America basketball star
Kenny Smith culminated his career
by receiving the Patterson Medal,
the highest athletic award given at
Smith, a senior guard from
Queens, N.Y., was a unanimous first
team All-America selection. This
past season he helped lead North
Carolina to a 32-4 record overall and
a 14-0 mark in ACC play. The
undefeated conference record was
the second quarterbacked by Smith,
who also did it in 1984.
The Patterson Medal, established
in 1924, is awarded each year to the
Tar Heel senior who has demon
strated general excellence in athletics
throughout his UNC career. The
selection' is based oh 'athletic
leadership and general conduct and
is made by a committee of athletic
officials, faculty members and stu
dent representatives. Former
winners include basketball players
Charlie Scott, Walter Davis and Phil
Ford, as well as Lawrence Taylor,
Don McCauley, and Ethan Horton
from football fame.
The award was first given by Dr.
Joseph Patterson in memory of his
brother. John Durand Patterson. It
has been continued by the Patterson
family every year since.
Smith led the Tar Heels in scoring
From staff reports
North Carolina gymnast Stacy
Kaplan finished sixth in the NCAA
Southest regional all-around compe
tition this past weekend with a total
Unfortunately, the score didn't
qualify Kaplan, a junior from
Rochester, N.Y., for the NCAA
individual championships. She did,
however, finish the 1987 season with
the 16th highest score in the nation.
Kaplan entered the meet in Gai
nesville, Fla., as the top-seeded all
around performer. She took seventh
in the vault with a score of 9.5,
seventh in the floor exercise with a
9.4 and 17th on the uneven parallel
bars with a 9.05. A fall during her
beam routine, however, left her with
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. . .has nine goals as a freshman
First and foremost, he is the third
of three brothers to play for UNC.
He has had to contend with constant
comparisons to his brother Randy,
who played defense from 1981-84,
and Greg, who roamed the midfield
for the Tar Heels from 1982-1985.
Both brothers were four year letter
men, with Randy achieving Ail
American and ACC player of the
"It is tough sometimes, but 1 knew
about the pressure from my broth
ers," Cox said. "UNC was my first
choice because of its big time lacrosse
picks up another award
this season with a 16.9 average and
also handed out a team-high 209
assists. He shot 50.2 percent from
the field and 80.7 from the free throw
line, and took advantage of the
ACC's new three-point goal by
hitting 87 to lead the league.
Smith was at his best in the big
games. In six games against teams
seeded in the top sixteen in the
NCAA tournament, he averaged
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a score of 8.7 for that event.
B Trish Roberts has been pro
moted to a full-time position as an
assistant women's basketball coach
at UNC, according to Athletic
Director John Swofford.
Roberts was a part-time member
of the women's coaching staff for the
past year, the first for head coach
Sylvia Rhyne HatcheH.
Roberts was an All-America
player for the Tennessee Lady Vols
and played on the 1976 U.S. Olympic
team. Her coaching experience
includes stints at Central Michigan,
Illinois and Wisconsin.
B The UNC softball team split a
doubleheader with ACC-rival Virgi
nia yesterday at Finley Held.
In the opener, Virginia scored in
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program and its great physical
Cox has also had to contend with
the quaint nickname of "pebble".
(Brother Randy was "rock" while
Greg answered to "stone").
More importantly, this sibling
combination has the potential to
achieve an an amazing statistic. If
the Tar Heels win another national
championship while Cox is here, all
three brothers will don champion
ship rings from different years.
Cox has also had to contend with
his family moving from New York
to Carrboro in September. He hasn't
been home since August of last
summer. "Well, 1 do miss my friends,
but I made friends quick enough
down here. Everyone is so friendly
down here," he quipped.
Judging from his statistics this
year however, these travails haven't
hurt him too much. The highly
touted freshman has amassed nine
goals and four assists in eight games.
He also has the honor of being the
only freshman to start this year,
taking the field at the open of the
Hopkins game two weeks ago.
Cox admittedly lives life a little
on the carefree side. He's planning
on majoring in physical education,
and knows that the grueling lacrosse
season will force him to attend
summer school all four years here.
He loves little children and tries to
help out the Special Olympics
whenever he can. He even holds the
job of the country bear mascot for
24.7 points a game and shot 60.4
percent from the field.
His effort at Clemson this year is
generally regarded as the best single
performance of the ACC season. He
scored a career-high 41 points to lead
the Tar Heels to victory after trailing
by 12 at halftime.
Basketball Times selected Smith
as its National Player of the Year,
and he also finished third in the
voting for the Naismith Award and
fourth in the balloting for the
A four-year starter for the Tar
Heels, Smith set a school assist
record with 768, surpassing former
UNC star Phil Ford. He also set the
single season mark with 235 in 1985.
Last1 summer he was the second
leading scorer on the the United
States team that won the Gold
Medal at the World Championships
in Spain over the Soviet Union.
In his four years at UNC, Smith
shot at least 50 percent from the field
and 80 percent from the free throw
line each season. He made four trips
to the NCAA Final 16 and two trips
to the Final Eight, but not once did
he reach the Final Four.
The consistent point guard was
also the top award winner at the
basketball banquet for the 1986-87
season on Monday night. Smith was
voted by his teammates as the Most
Valuable Player, and he also picked
the top of the eighth to pull out a
2-1 extra-inning decision.
In the second game, junior Patti
Gerckens singled home Tracey
Narwid in the third inning to earn
what proved to be the game-winning
RBI in a 3-1 Tar Heel victory.
North Carolina is now 27-8-1 on
the season, while the Cavaliers'
record stands at 1 1-14-1.
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He's quick to emphasize how
much different college life is how
ever. "1 sure didn't expect to see as
much playing time with the defend
ing national champs and 1 didn't
know there was so much home
work," he said. "1 was amazed at how
close the sports teams, especially
The highlight of his short career
came a short time ago. "After the
Hopkins game, a little girl came up
and asked for my autograph. I went
Holding very strong family ties,
Cox spends almost all his weekends
at his parent's house or helping both
his brothers clear the land for their
new house in Alamance County.
Cox enjoys spending time toying
with his family's five cars, and says
that friendship is very important to
him. Cox hopes to get an athletic
related job that will allow him both
to help young children and stay
active as well.
Number 32 is at it again. After
flipping a pass for an assist on a
brilliant move, he has just brutally
flattened a Hopkins attackman in
front of the goal to stop a vital drive.
But later in the day, it's not the
crushing body blows he remembers,
or even the spectacular moves. He
remembers instead a solitary little
girl, who brings out the wide eyed
little boy in Scott Cox.
up a (Coaches' award as the leader
Senior Joe Wolf capped a brilliant
Tar Heel career by receiving awards
as the overall statistical leader,
outstanding senior, and the
Carmichael-Cobb Award as the best
defensive player. Fellow senior Dave
Popson picked up the coaches'
award as the best screener as well
as the Foy Roberson Award as the
most inspirational player. Michael
Norwood finished his senior cam
paign with the Rick Sharp Award
for special behind the scenes
J.R. Reid made his impression at
the awards banquet just as he did
during the season, capturing the
Oscar Vatz award as the outstanding
rebounder and the Mary Frances
Andrews Award as the best field goal
percentage shooter. The Virginia
Beach, Va., native also received the
Butch Bennett Award, voted upon
by his teammates, as the freshman
who best exemplifies determination,
sportsmanship and sacrifice for the
good of the team.
Other awards went to Jeff Lebo
for the best at drawing charges and
the Martha Jordan Award as the
best free throw percentage shooter.
Freshman, Scott Williams received a
coaches award as the leader in
B The UNC lacrosse team, pres
ently ranked fifth in the nation, takes
on Roanoke today at 3 p.m. at Fetzer
If you can't get out to the game,
you can listen to the action on the
radio, as WXYC (FM 89.9) will
provide a blow-by-blow and goal-by-goal
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l he snow must go on. Despite the
slight tarnish from awards now past,
the UNC Athlete of the Week Award
will continue to forge its way toward
the recognition of superior athletic
accomplishment, and remain a goal
to be cherished by Tar Heel sports
competitors. Anyway, stay tuned for
next weeks thrilling year-end
This week a bright light shone
through, breaking the cloud cover
of the many applicants considered
each week by our crack staff.
Senior tennis player Eddie Stewart
is the newest, and probably the most
deserving in weeks, winner of the
UNCAOTW. Stewart has had one
of the most successful spring seasons
of any Tar Heel. The Burlington
native has won 18 consecutive
matches playing in the No. 3 spot,
giving him an overall record of 23
3 in the spring. Stewart also teams
with junior Jeff Chambers to form
the No. 1 doubles team that has been
Daugherty goes for nine
as Tar Heels shell Duke
From staff reports
Tuesday was a tough day for Duke
pitcher Don Fowler, and he only
pitched to two batters in the game
against North Carolinaat Jack
If he was a short reliever, that
wouldn't have been so bad. But he
was the starter in a game in which
his Blue Devils were pummelled by
the Tar Heels, 17-1.
Devy Bell led the UNC offensive
attack, hitting two homeruns in a 3-for-6
performance. He was helped
out by Tom Nevin, who had a double
and a homerun in driving home three
runs, and Howard Freiling, who also
knocked in a trio of runs.
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ranked 29th in the country. He has
been a crucial ingredient in the
team's comeback from last season.
Jim Daugherty was the winning
pitcher for the Tar Heels as he went
the whole game. He gave up only
four hits while striking out a dozen
Fowler took the loss for Duke.
The, victory was the sixth in a row
for UNC, which now sports a season
record of 22-11. The Tar Heels are
9-4 in ACC competition.
Coach Mike Roberts' charges stay
on the road for the remainder of the
week. The Heels play against the
Pirates of ECU in Greenville today.
Then UNC heads north for a Friday
game against the Maryland Terrap
ins and Saturday and Sunday tilts
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