CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi has finalized his 10-member recruiting contingent from the high school class of 2013. These 10 prospective student-athletes will enroll at Carolina later this month and join a large contingent of returning letter winners on the 2014 UNC squad next spring. North Carolina is coming off its most successful season since 1996 as the 2013 team finished 13-4 overall, won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship as well as a share of the regular season title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and was ranked No. 1 in the final U.S.I.L.A. coaches' poll.
The incoming class includes goalkeeper Brian Balkam (St. James, N.Y.), midfielder Brett Bedard (Annapolis, Md.), attackman Luke Goldstock (Niskayuna, N.Y.), midfielder Tate Jozokos (Wolfeboro, N.H.), midfielder Stephen Kelly (Lutherville, Md.), midfielder Peyton Klawinski (Memphis, Tenn.), defenseman Jack Lambert (Cross River, N.Y.), defenseman Ryan Macri (Hamilton, Mass.), defenseman Austin Pifani (Roslyn, Pa.) and midfielder/attackman Shane Simpson (Hamilton, Ontario).
Brian Michael Balkam is the son of Kevin and Michelle Balkam and a native of St. James, N.Y. He is an alumnus of Smithtown East High School where he was a four-year starter in goal on the lacrosse team and a two-year starter at linebacker on the football squad. In 63 career games, he made 757 saves and allowed 464 goals for a .620 save percentage and a 7.4 goals against average. As a senior, he had a .659 save percentage while leading his team to a 14-4 record. A U.S. Lacrosse All-America as a senior, Balkam was All-County and All-Division in Suffolk County both his junior and senior years. He was the team captain and defensive MVP of Smithtown East in his final two campaigns. He was ranked among the Top 50 rising juniors and rising seniors in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.
Brett Foster Bedard hails from Annapolis, Md., and is the son of Tom and Stephanie Bedard. He was a two-sport standout at the Severn School where he started in the midfield on the lacrosse team for four years and three-year starter in football as a running back and linebacker. He was the captain of both teams his senior year. Bedard won first-team All-MIAA lacrosse honors his final two seasons and was first-team All-County both years as well. Bedard was a C. Markland Kelly Award nominee his senior year as the top player in the MIAA. He finished his career with 109 goals and 46 assists for 155 points. He was remarkably consistent throughout his career, with 30 goals as a sophomore, 32 goals as a junior and 33 goals as a senior.
Luke Jerome Goldstock is the son of Lenny and Maryann Goldstock. He hails from Niskayuna, N.Y., where he graduated this past spring from Niskayuna High School. Goldstock played three years of varsity lacrosse and golf as a prep player. The attackman finished his stellar high school career with 193 goals and 126 assists for 319 points. He had 78 goals and 40 assists his senior year and 83 goals and 61 assists his junior campaign. In both of those seasons he led Niskayuna to the New York state semifinals. Goldstock was the two-time Schenectady Times Union player of the year and a 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-America.
Tate Michael Jozokos is the son of Matthew and Amber Jozokos and a native of Wolfeboro, N.H. A multi-faceted athlete, he played four years of lacrosse, basketball and football at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass. A midfielder on the lacrosse field, he finished his four years with 133 goals, 112 assists and 347 ground balls, including 44 goals and 96 ground balls in his senior season. As a senior he was the player of the year in the Independent School League and both a U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-America honoree. A three-way threat in football as a quarterback, defensive back and punter, Jozokos was the New England Class "B" player of the year in 2012 and the ISL player of the year on the gridiron.
Stephen Patrick DeMaine Kelly joins his older brother Frankie, a senior midfielder, on the UNC team this coming season. The son of Frank and Gayle Kelly, he is a native of Lutherville, Md., and a Calvert Hall College High School alumnus from 2013 where he was coached in lacrosse by his uncle, Bryan Kelly, a UNC lacrosse player from 1988-91. "Bones" played four years of football and lacrosse and two years of basketball and put up some amazing numbers, leading to his designation as the No. 2 recruit in the class of '13 by Inside Lacrosse. In his career, he won 767 of 1032 face-offs (74 percent), scooped up 622 ground balls, tallied 68 goals and assisted on 56 others. A 2013 Under Armour All-America, he led Calvert Hall to the 2012 MIAA "A" Conference championship, only the second title for the school in 35 years. Named first-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro three successive years, he was a member of the 2012 USA Under 19 Lacrosse Team that won the FILA World Championship in Turku, Finland. Kelly was the youngest player on that team and the only high school player to make the squad.
Peyton Welby Klawinski hails from Memphis, Tenn., where he graduated this past spring from Memphis University School magna cum laude. The son of Larry and Karen Klawinski, he played four years of midfield on the lacrosse team and four years of football as a middle linebacker. A three-time U.S. Lacrosse All-America, he led MUS to three successive state championships. His four-year statistical haul included 155 goals, 101 assists, 256 points and 202 ground balls. As a senior, he passed the century mark in points with 103 on a 63-goal, 40-assist effort. He was the MVP of the Tennessee state championship game as a senior.
Jack Alexander Lambert is from Cross River, N.Y., and the son of Kelley and Luke Lambert. He graduated from John Jay High School this past spring where he was a four-year starter on defense on the lacrosse field and a four-year letterman in football. As a senior, he had eight goals and eight assists with 115 ground balls and as a junior, he had nine goals and five assists as well as 100 ground balls. Lambert was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-America selection and a selection as a 2013 Under Armour All-America. He was on Inside Lacrosse's list of the Top 50 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors during the course of his career.
Ryan Taylor Macri is the son of Garrison and Belinda Macri and hails from Hamilton, Mass. He graduated this past spring from the Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass., where he was a teammate of fellow incoming frosh Tate Jozokos. Macri played four years of close defense on the lacrosse team and was a middle linebacker and guard on the football squad. A three-time All-ISL and All-New England selection in football, he led his football and lacrosse squads to back-to-back ISL championships. He was the runner-up for New England Lineman of the Year as a senior. He has lived all over the planet in his 18 years, including California, England, Prague in the Czech Republic and Massachusetts.
Austin Nicholas Pifani is the son of Joe and Annette Pifani and a native of Roslyn, Pa. An alumnus of Abington Senior High School, he played four years of defense on the lacrosse field and was named to the 2013 Under Armour All-America Team. He was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-America selection. He finished his four-year career with 30 goals, 25 assists and an astonishing 480 ground balls. In his senior year he had 14 goals, 15 assists and 140 ground balls to his credit. He was the captain of the Abington team for two years.Shane Michael Simpson is the son of Glenn and Sarah Simpson and a native of Hamilton, Ontario. A combined attackman/midfielder, Simpson graduated from the Salisbury School in Connecticut where he played lacrosse, hockey and soccer the past two years after attending high school in his native Canada for three years. Simpson was a dynamic lacrosse presence on the Salisbury lacrosse team. He played attack as a junior, averaging 5.5 points per game with 32 goals and 38 assists. His senior year as a midfielder he had 30 goals and 45 assists for 75 points, averaging 5.4 points per game. Simpson played on a WNEPSLA championship team at Salisbury, leading the league in scoring twice while being named All-League and All-State.