Carey Fetting-Smith sat in soccer star Mia Hamm's old dorm room on the North Carolina campus early Monday evening and looked out the window, admiring the tranquil, tree-lined setting.
The 2000 All-Metro field hockey Player of the Year from Bryn Mawr was enjoying life as a starting left back on this fall's Tar Heels field hockey squad (14-7).
"I know why they say even the sky is Carolina blue down here," said Fetting-Smith, who scored two goals and had five assists in an impressive freshman year. "I have the best of both worlds academically and athletically here. I like living around big cities and didn't know if I'd like it here in this small town. But I love it here."
Fetting-Smith gained instant recognition the first day she arrived in Chapel Hill and walked into her dorm room.
"Do you know this was Mia Hamm's room?" said her teammates.
Fetting-Smith was given Hamm's room when campus housing lost her room application and had no place for the two-time first team All-Metro pick and high school All-American.
"It's a great room," said Fetting-Smith. "It's right across from our field hockey practice field and the baseball field. And we have some diversity here. There's not all athletes here, so I can experience a normal college life."
So how did the former Bryn Mawr standout seal down a season-long starting job as a freshman?
"I played with five of the girls here on the Under-21 Junior World Cup team last spring and that gave me a lot of experience at a faster game," said Fetting-Smith.
Her only disappointment was the sudden way her freshman season ended with a 5-2 loss to Michigan on the road in the first round of the NCAA tournament
"We were the fourth seed in the tournament but had to play on the road because of travel complications," said Fetting-Smith.
Ahn is unanimous
Another former Bryn Mawr first-team All-Metro field hockey choice, sophomore midfielder Jennifer Ahn of Harvard, was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection this fall.
Ahn tied for the team lead in assists with five and was a standout in every phase of the game for the Crimson.
Harvard finished the season with an 11-6 record and tied for second in the Ivy league with a 5-2 mark.
Freshman defender Lisa Zanti (McDonogh) will start for the West Virginia women's soccer team against Miami of Ohio Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament at West Virginia. Zanti started every regular-season game for the 15-4-1 Mountaineers, who lost to Notre Dame, 2-1, in the Big East tournament finals last weekend. She has taken 12 shots and has two assists this season. ... Athena Gramates of St. Mary's is also a freshman defender on the West Virginia women's soccer team. Gramates is a reserve. ... Senior Matt Shapiro and sophomore Forrest Waters, both from Wilde Lake High and members of the Franklin & Marshall soccer team, were chosen to the Centennial Conference fall academic honor roll. To be named to the honor roll, a student must be a starter or key reserve on the team and carry at least a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average. ... Luke Broadwater (McDonogh) is a 165-pound senior wrestler on the Ithaca College team, which is ranked seventh in the National Wrestling Coaches Association preseason Division III poll.