2013 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
North Carolina (3-3) vs. Dartmouth (2-2)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.
TV Coverage: ESPN3
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TAR HEELS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST DARTMOUTH: North Carolina's 2013 men's lacrosse team concludes a three-game homestand this Monday against Dartmouth for a nationally televised game on ESPN3. The match will be played at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., with face-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Coach Joe Breschi's team carries a 3-3 overall record into this Monday's matchup while the Big Green (2-2).
Live stats for Monday's game will be available on UNC's Athletic Website GoHeels.com at this link. Tickets for the game are $5 for general admission seating. They can be purchased in advance at the Ticket Center on GoHeels.com. UNC faculty, staff and students will receive free admission by presenting their UNC One Cards at the gate.
A SEESAW SEASON: North Carolina's season to date has been a see-saw affair with victory followed by defeat. The Tar Heels opened the season with a win over Air Force, followed by a loss against UMass. The Heels bounced back with a win over Fairfield followed by a triple overtime loss at Notre Dame. The Heels recovered with a last-second win against Princeton but followed that up with a loss to Duke.
GIVING UP 15 AND WINNING: Princeton's high-powered offense was all the Tar Heels could handle as the Tigers proved their mettle on the offensive end of the field in Carolina's 16-15 win over the Tigers on March 9. But the Tar Heels preserved to score one more time than Princeton to come out with the victory. The 15 goals were the most conceded by Carolina in a victorious situation since UNC beat top-ranked Virginia 19-18 at Fetzer Field on April 6, 1996.
OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS VERSUS PRINCETON: Carolina had nine different goal scorers in the win over Princeton March 9 with Jimmy Bitter, Chad Tutton and Davey Emala each scoring three goals. Bitter also had three assists in the game, giving him six points in the game, just one short of his career high set against Hofstra on April 14, 2012. Joey Sankey finished with six points as well on two goals and four assists. Sankey's six points matched his career high in a game set last year against Mercer and Duke. Sankey's four assists were a career high for the sophomore attackman. On six different occasions as a freshman he had recorded three in a game. Emala's three goals were the most he had scored since tallying four in the opening game of his junior season against Penn State on February 11, 2012. Tutton also matched his career high for goals in a game. He also had three against Mercer, Virginia and Duke last season.
KEENAN'S CAREER DAY: Another key in the win over Princeton was R.G. Keenan's work at the face-off X for Carolina. Facing four different Princeton face-off men, Keenan won 20 of his 34 attempts and had a game-high eight ground balls. The 20 face-off victories were a career high for Keenan, who took every draw in the game for Carolina. His previous best total was 19 face-off victories against Penn State on February 11, 2012. It marked only the sixth time in UNC history that a Tar Heel player has won 20 or more face-offs in a match. Shane Walterhoefer did it four times, including a school record 23 wins against Ohio State in 2008 while Todd Oudemool was the long-time record holder with 22 wins against Towson in 1989. Keenan has won 15 or more face-offs in a game 12 times in his career. Only eight times during the 2013 NCAA Division I season so far has a player won 20 or more face-offs in a game.
A STEAK OF ONE-GOAL GAMES: Prior to the game against Duke on March 13, Carolina played four successive games decided by a single goal with a loss to Massachusetts 12-11, a win over Fairfield 10-9, a triple overtime loss to Notre Dame 10-9 and the 16-15 win over Princeton. The last time that the Tar Heels had played four straight games decided by a single goal came in 2009 when during a mid-season streak Carolina lost to Maryland 8-7, beat Johns Hopkins 10-9 in overtime, lost to Virginia 11-10 and beat Ohio State 12-11. In 1996, Carolina played a string of five successive games decided by a single goal during a mid-season stretch. During that particular stretch, UNC lost to Duke 11-10, beat Maryland 17-16, lost to Johns Hopkins 9-8, beat Virginia 19-18 and beat Notre Dame 11-10.
SANKEY SHARES ACC PLAYER OF WEEK NOD: North Carolina sophomore attackman Joey Sankey shared Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week honors on March 12, 2013. Sankey had a career-high four assists and matched his career high with six points in Carolina's 16-15 upset win over No. 5 Princeton on March 9. His previous career high for assists was three, and his six points matched a career high he achieved twice in his freshman year. He also led all-non Tar Heel faceoff men with five ground balls in the contest. The native of Warminster, Pa., has tallied multiple goals in five of six games played this season.
HOLMAN NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: UNC senior captain Marcus Holman (Baltimore, Md.) was named February 20 as one of 20 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in men's lacrosse. Ten finalists for the award will be named later this spring. Carolina has had three previous Senior CLASS Award finalists - Fletcher Gregory in 2007, Grant Zimmerman in 2009 and Ryan Flanagan in 2011.
SEEKING ANOTHER DOUBLE DIGIT WIN SEASON: Despite playing against one of the nation's toughest schedules, the Tar Heels are seeking a double digit win total for the fifth successive year under the tutelage of head coach Joe Breschi, who was hired in June 2008.
Last year, Breschi became only the second coach in UNC history to win 10 games in each of his first four seasons as head coach. Dave Klarmann also accomplished the feat from 1991-94. No Tar Heel coach has ever won 10 or more games in his first five seasons as head coach
Over his first four seasons, under Breschi's leadership, UNC went 12-6 in 2009, 13-3 in 2010,10-6 in 2011 and 11-6 in 2012.
Prior to 2009-12, the last time Carolina had patched together four successive seasons with 10 or more wins was 1989-94 when the Tar Heels had at least double digits in wins six years in a row.
Contrast the current success with the fact over a 12-year span from 1997-2008, Carolina got to the 10-win plateau only twice, going 10-5 in 2004 and 10-6 in 2007.
TAR HEELS AND BIG GREEN MEET FOR THE 13TH TIME MONDAY: North Carolina and Dartmouth will be meeting for the 13th time on the lacrosse field when they meet up Monday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels currently lead the series 9-3.
The Tar Heels lost the first three games against the Big Green but have now won nine in a row over the visitors from Hanover, N.H. The Tar Heels have played in each of the past three seasons with UNC winning in 2010 by a 15-6 score, in 2011 by a 12-7 score and in 2012 by a 13-10 margin.
UNC VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS UNDER COACH BRESCHI: North Carolina has played ranked opponents 46 times in Joe Breschi's five-year coaching tenure. UNC is 25-21 in those games. Conversely, the Tar Heels are 24-3 against unranked opponents in his five seasons. Breschi is 49-24 overall at Carolina in his five seasons as head coach.
During Breschi's tenure, UNC's only losses to unranked teams came to Ohio State in 2011 and to Lehigh and Pennsylvania in 2012.
CAROLINA IN ONE-GOAL DECISIONS: Prior to Joe Breschi taking over as head coach in 2009, UNC went 1-7 in games decided by one goal from midway through the 2004 season through the end of the 2008 campaign.
Carolina has improved tremendously in one-goal games since Breschi arrived for the 2009 season. UNC is 12-9 in games decided by one goal over the past five years.
A YOUTHFUL STARTING LINEUP: During the first six games of the season, the Tar Heels have relied on a youthful set of players to compete against a host of nationally-ranked opponents. Particularly on the defensive end, the Tar Heels are playing a lot of young players.
The starting lineup against the Blue Devils last Wednesday included three seniors (Marcus Holman, Davey Emala, Kieran McDonald), one junior (Jordan Smith), four sophomores (Jimmy Bitter, Joey Sankey, Chad Tutton, Jake Bailey) and two freshmen (Steve Pontrello, Kieran Burke).
The Tar Heels played 26 players last Wednesday against Duke. The depth chart against the Blue Devils included four seniors, eight juniors, seven sophomores and seven freshmen.
Carolina has one of the youngest rosters in the nation with 57.8 percent of the team composed of freshmen and sophomores, including 33.3 percent of the squad size consisting of freshmen.
HOLMAN IN UNC CENTURY CLUB IN POINTS: Senior attackman Marcus Holman has recorded 27 points during the 2013 season.
Holman is one of just 36 players in UNC history to reach the 100-point plateau. He currently is tied for 12th place in Carolina history with 160 career points along with Bart Wagner (2006-09).
Holman scored five goals in UNC's win over Fairfield on February 23 after recording six assists in the season opener against Air Force on February 8. His five tallies against the Stags is one goal short of his career high of six established against both Michigan and Denver in 2012.
HOLMAN ON UNC GOAL & ASSIST CHARTS: Senior Marcus Holman has scored 98 goals in his career at UNC. That number equals the 11th highest total in school history. With two more goals, he will become only the ninth Tar Heel to ever reach the 100-goal standard. Holman's 98 goals is the 13th most among all NCAA Division I players currently active.
Holman has registered 62 career assists. That equals the 15th most in Tar Heel history. Holman is currently in a tie for 13th place in career assists amongst all NCAA Division I players.
ASSISTS IN A GAME: When Marcus Holman recorded six assists in Carolina's season-opening victory versus Air Force on February 8, it marked the most assists in a game by a Tar Heel player in 16 years. The last time a UNC player had as many as six assists in a game was April 12, 1997 when Spencer Deering recorded six assists against Delaware.
CAREER GOAL HIGHS VERSUS AIR FORCE: Three Tar Heel players either set or matched their career highs for goals in a game when Carolina beat Air Force 16-8 in the opening game of the season on February 8.
Sophomore Jimmy Bitter scored five goals against the Falcons, breaking his previous career high of four goals against Hofstra on April 12, 2012. Junior Ryan Creighton tallied three goals in the win over Air Force. He had scored two goals in a game on four prior occasions. Sophomore Joey Sankey had a hat trick against the Falcons, equaling his career high. He also had four hat tricks in his freshman year in 2012.
KEENAN'S UPDATED FACEOFF NUMBERS: R.G. Keenan has now won 466 face-offs in his career heading into the game against Dartmouth. That is the second most face-off wins in UNC history. Against Fairfield, he moved passed Jude Collins (1993-96), who now ranks fourth in all-time face-off wins with 429. Against Princeton, Keenan passed Kevin Frew (2001-04), who now ranks third with a total of 446 face-off victories. Shane Walterhoefer (2006-09) is the UNC career leader with 723 face-off victories.
Keenan has 249 career ground balls, the 13th most in UNC history.
THE CLEARING GAME: North Carolina is currently clearing at an 86.6 percent success rate during the 2013 season. There are only seven seasons in NCAA Division I lacrosse history in which teams have cleared at least 90 percent of the time successfully. North Carolina has two of those seasons, including the fifth best (.905 in 1988) and the sixth best (.902 in 2012).
GOAL-SCORING STREAKS: Senior attackman Marcus Holman has scored goals in 21 successive games heading into the Dartmouth contest. Holman's streak, which includes 50 goals in that span, is the fourth longest streak in the country behind Brett Schmidt of Mt. St. Mary's (36), Rob Pannell of Cornell (24) and Mike Crampton of Air Force (21).
BURKE FIRST TRUE FRESHMAN STARTER IN GOAL SINCE 2002: True freshman Kieran Burke of Fort Salonga, N.Y., has started the first six games of the season for the Tar Heels in goal. He is the first true freshman to start for the Tar Heels from the opening game of a season since Paul Spellman in 2002. Grant Zimmerman started for the Tar Heels in 2006 as a red-shirt freshman for the second half of that campaign.
Burke recorded a career high 15 saves in UNC's triple overtime loss at Notre Dame on March 2.
UNC's CAREER HAT TRICKS: Marcus Holman leads all Tar Heels with 13 career hat tricks. That equals the 14th most career hat tricks of any active player in NCAA Division I.
Other Tar Heels with multiple career hat tricks include Davey Emala with 10, Joey Sankey with five, Jimmy Bitter with five, Chad Tutton with four and Pat Foster with two.
THREE HEELS NAMED TO TEWAARATON LIST: Three Tar Heel players were named February 22 to the Tewaaraton Watch List for 2013. The Tar Heels so tapped are sophomore attackman Jimmy Bitter, senior attackman Marcus Holman and junior midfielder R.G. Keenan.
HOLMAN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF WEEK: North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending on Monday, Feb 11. Holman led the Tar Heel attack unit, which produced 10 goals and 8 assists in North Carolina's 16-8 season-opening win over Air Force. The native of Baltimore, Md., had two goals and six assists for the Tar Heels, the most assists in a game by a Tar Heel since April 12, 1997. His eight points were just two short of his career high of 10 and matched his second highest total in his career.
SIX TAR HEEL GAMES ON ESPN PLATFORMS: Six UNC men's lacrosse games are being televised this year on the ESPN family of networks. Four Carolina games will air on ESPNU and two more on ESPN3.
The Tar Heels hosted Duke on March 13 on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m., host Dartmouth on March 18 on ESPN3 at 4 p.m., visit Maryland on March 23 on ESPN3 at 12 noon, host Brown on March 27 on ESPNU at 6 p.m., meet Johns Hopkins on March 30 on ESPNU at 12 noon and play at Virginia on April 6 on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m.
In addition, all three ACC Tournament games will be telecast on ESPNU. UNC hosts the conference tournament at Kenan Stadium on April 26 and 28.
FIVE TAR HEELS WERE RECENTLY CHOSEN IN 2013 MLL DRAFTS: Senior Marcus Holman was chosen by the Ohio Machine on January 11 in the Collegiate Draft. He was a second round pick of the Ohio Machine and the 12th selection overall.
On December 13, the MLL conducted its annual supplemental draft. Thomas Wood, '12, was taken in the second round by the Rochester Rattlers with the 12th overall pick. Tim Kaiser, '08, was chosen 25th overall in the fourth round by the Ohio Machine. Mark Staines, '12, was the 35th pick, nabbed in the fifth round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Chris Hunt, '11, was chosen 96th overall and in the 12th round by the Bayhawks.
THREE TAR HEELS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-ACC: Face-Off Yearbook tapped three Tar Heels as 2013 preseason All-ACC choices. The trio includes attackmen Marcus Holman and Jimmy Bitter and face-off man R.G. Keenan.
FACE-OFF PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAS: Four Tar Heel players notched spots on the Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America Team for 2013. Marcus Holman was named first team on attack and R.G. Keenan was named second team at the face-off position. Attackmen Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey were both tapped for honorable mention accolades.
HOLMAN ELECTED SINGLE CAPTAIN: Senior Marcus Holman was elected as the sole captain of the 2013 Tar Heels, the first time that has happened in 23 years. According to research done through Athletic Communications archives, other single captains have been Randy Roden in 1973, Tom Federico in 1991, Randy Cox in 1984, Paul Fitzpatrick in 1989 and Joe Breschi in 1990.
FOUR TAR HEELS EARN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS: Four current and future Tar Heel players won gold medal rings at the U19 World Championships in Finland last July. Freshmen midfielders Brent Armstrong, Steve Pontrello and Michael Tagliaferri all played for the U.S. side and midfielder Stephen Kelly, who signed a National Letter of Intent with Carolina last November and will enroll in UNC next August, was also a member of the U.S. Team. Carolina sophomore midfielder Chad Tutton was a member of Team Canada, which captured the silver medal.
CAROLINA'S STELLAR MARK IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES: UNC's record in non-conference games continues to be one of the best in the nation over the past eight seasons.
The Tar Heels have won 63 of their past 74 games against non-conference teams dating back to April 15, 2006.
In Joe Breschi's five seasons as head coach, the Tar Heels are 42-8 against non-conference teams. The only losses were to Notre Dame in 2009, to Ohio State and Johns Hopkins in 2011, to Lehigh, Pennsylvania and Denver in 2012 and to Massachusetts and Notre Dame in 2013.
CAROLINA'S DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING GAMES: In Coach Joe Breschi's five years as head lacrosse coach at UNC, Carolina's success has often been tied to hitting the 10-goal plateau in a game.
In fact UNC's 12-11 loss to Massachusetts on February 16, marked only the eighth time in Breschi's coaching tenure that the Tar Heels have lost when they have reached the 10-goal plateau. UNC has scored at least 10 goals in a game in 50 of 73 games under Coach Breschi's direction dating back to the opening game of the 2009 season.
Carolina is 42-8 in those 50 games, losing only 11-10 to Virginia on April 4, 2009, 15-13 to Duke on April 26, 2009, 12-11 to Duke on May 17, 2009, 11-10 to Virginia on April 9, 2011, 13-11 to Duke on March 16, 2012, 15-10 to Virginia on April 7, 2012, 16-14 to Denver on May 12, 2012 and 12-11 to Massachusetts on February 16, 2013.
In the 23 games under Coach Breschi's tutelage in which the Tar Heels have not reached the 10-goal mark, UNC has not fared nearly as well as when scoring in double figures. In fact their record in those 23 games is just 7-16.
NEAR DOMINANCE AT FETZER FIELD UNDER BRESCHI: UNC is 29-7 in home games in Coach Joe Breschi's five years at the helm of the Tar Heels. That's a winning percentage of 80.6 percent.
The Tar Heels had a 17-game Fetzer Field winning streak from 2009-11 under Breschi's tenure.
UNC's only home losses during Breschi's four-year tenure include regular-season and ACC Tournament games to Duke in 2009 (both at Kenan Stadium), a regular-season loss to Duke in 2011, an NCAA Tournament loss to Maryland in 2011, regular-season losses to Lehigh and Virginia and an NCAA Tournament loss to Denver in 2012 and a regular-season loss to Duke in 2013.
HEAD COACH JOE BRESCHI: Joe Breschi is now in his fifth season as the head coach at his alma mater. His Tar Heel teams have a cumulative record of 49-24 for a winning percentage of 67.1 percent. He is in his 16th year overall as a collegiate head coach, including 11 seasons at Ohio State prior to coming to Chapel Hill. His career coaching record is 141-87 and his career winning percentage is 61.8 percent.
CAROLINA SNARES 250TH ALL-TIME WIN AT FETZER FIELD: Carolina's 11-10 win over Maryland on March 24, 2012 marked the 250th all-time win for the Tar Heels at Fetzer Field. North Carolina will head into its next home game against Dartmouth on March 18 with an all-time record of 254-119-2 at Fetzer Field.
UNC has a 68.0 winning percentage all-time in history at Fetzer Field.
ANOTHER SEASON OPENING WIN: Carolina's 16-8 win over Air Force in the 2013 season opener was the 15th victory in a row in a season opener for the Tar Heels.
The last time UNC lost a season opener was February 22, 1998 when the Tar Heels fell 13-12 to Butler at Fezter Field.
THE ALL-TIME RECORD: North Carolina has an all-time record of 434-272-2 in the sport of men's lacrosse. That is a winning percentage of .614.
FIFTH-RANKED IN ATTENDANCE: Carolina has averaged 2,255 fans per home game this year, the fifth-highest total in NCAA Division I. The Tar Heels have played before an average of 3,027 in all games, the second-highest average in Division I behind Syracuse.
NEXT UP FOR THE TAR HEELS: After meeting Dartmouth on Monday afternoon, Carolina will have five days to prepare for its matchup against #1-ranked Maryland. The Tar Heels and the Terrapins will meet at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., this coming Saturday at 12 noon. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN3.