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Kieran McDonald and the Tar Heels seek their win first over Duke since 2010 when the teams meet Wednesday.
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UNC Hosts Duke Wednesday In ACC Opener
Release: 03/12/2013


Game 6

#8 North Carolina (3-2) vs. #17 Duke (3-4)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV Coverage:  ESPNU, ESPN3

Announcers:  Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra

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TAR HEELS OPEN ACC PLAY AGAINST DUKE: North Carolina's 2013 men's lacrosse team, ranked sixth (USILA Coaches Poll) and eighth (Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll), respectively, in national polls this week, continues a three-game homestand this Wednesday against Duke (#17 in both polls) for a nationally televised game on ESPNU. The match will be played at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., with face-off schedule for 7:30 p.m.

The match will also be simulcast on ESPN3 with Eamon McAnaney providing the play-by-play and Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra serving as analysts.

Coach Joe Breschi's team carries a 3-2 overall record into this Wednesday's matchup while the Blue Devils are 3-4 (0-1 ACC).  Wednesday's game will be the ACC opener for the Tar Heels.

Live stats for Saturday's game will be available on UNC's Athletic Website at this link.  Tickets for the game are $5 for general admission seating.  They can be purchased in advance at the Ticket Center on  UNC faculty, staff and students will receive free admission by presenting their UNC One Cards at the gate.

A WILD WIN OVER PRINCETON:  Carolina is coming off a wild win over #5 Princeton last Saturday as the Tar Heels prevailed 16-15 with a last-minute comeback.  The game fit the adage of "last team with the ball wins" as sophomore midfielder Chad Tutton's goal with three seconds left proved to be the game-winner.

Princeton led by as many as three goals in the game and the Tar Heels by as many as four goals.  The Tar Heels led by 14-12 in the fourth quarter before the Tigers possessed the ball for a 4:05 span and scored three goals to go up 15-14 with 1:41 to play.

With just 1:14 to go and Princeton in possession, UNC junior R.G. Keenan forced a turnover and the Tar Heels got the equalizer on the other end on a rebound goal by Davey Emala with 37 seconds to go.  Keenan won the ensuing face-off to help set up Tutton's game-winner with just three seconds to play.

The last time Carolina had won a game on the last shot of the contest was May 6, 2011 when Pat Foster's overtime goal lifted UNC past Notre Dame 9-8.

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.  But the Tar Heels preserved to score one more.  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 over Princeton 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 last year against Hofstra.  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.  Emala's three goals were the most he has scored since tallying four in the opening game of the 2012 season against Penn State. 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 Princeton game 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.  This marks only the sixth time in UNC history that a Tar Heel player has won 20 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.

A STEAK OF ONE-GOAL GAMES:  Carolina had now 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 similar 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 Duke junior attackman Jordan Wolf have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.  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.  His previous career high for assists was three, and his six points matched a career high he achieved three times in his freshman year.  He also led all-non Tar Heel faceoff men with five ground balls. The native of Warminster, Pa., has tallied multiple goals in four of five 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 schedule, the Tar Heels will be 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.

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 BLUE DEVILS MEET FOR THE 68TH TIME WEDNESDAY:  North Carolina and Princeton will be meeting for the 68th time on the lacrosse field when they meet up Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.  The Tar Heels currently lead the series 38-29.

However, since 1996 and particularly since 2005, the Blue Devils have controlled the series.  Duke has won 24 of the 30 meetings dating back to 1996 and 15 of the 16 meetings dating back to 2005.  Duke has won the last four in a row since Carolina beat Duke 13-7 in Durham, N.C., on March 10, 2010.

The only current Tar Heels who played in that win over Duke are Marcus Holman, Greg McBride and Campbell Wood.

The last time Carolina beat the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill, N.C., was March 19, 2003 by a 14-9 score.  To put that in perspective it was the same night the U.S. invaded Iraq to start the second of two wars with that country.

UNC VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS UNDER COACH BRESCHI:  North Carolina has played ranked opponents 45 times in Joe Breschi's five-year coaching tenure.  UNC is 25-20 in those games.  Conversely, the Tar Heels are 24-3 against unranked opponents in his four seasons.  Breschi is 49-23 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 four 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 Tigers last Saturday included three seniors, one junior, four sophomores and two freshmen.  Including key reserves who have played regularly since the season's start, the depth chart includes four seniors, seven juniors, six 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 23 points during the 2013 season.

Holman is one of just 36 players in UNC history to reach the 100-point plateau.  He currently is in 15th place in Carolina history with 156 career points, just one point behind Jeff Sonke and Gavin Petracca with 156.

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 96 goals in his career at UNC.  That number is the 12th highest total in school history.  With four more goals, he will become only the ninth Tar Heel to ever reach the 100-goal standard.  Holman's 96 goals match the 12th most among all NCAA Division I players currently active.

Holman has registered 60 career assists.  That equals 18th most in Tar Heel history.  Holman is currently in 14th 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.

Sophomore Jimmy Bitter scored five goals against the Falcons, breaking his previous career high of four 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 461 face-offs in his career heading into the game against Duke.  That is the second most face-off wins in UNC history.  Against Fairfield, he 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 while Shane Walterhoefer (2006-09) is the career leader with 723.

Keenan has 247 career ground balls, the 13th most in UNC history.

IN THIS WEEK'S NCAA STATS:  Carolina currently ranks in the Top 10 of NCAA Division I in assists per game (8th with 7.6), points per game (9th with 20.0), ground balls per game (4th with 37.0) and fewest turnovers per game (9th at 13.0).

Individually, Marcus Holman ranks eighth in points per game (4.6) and 13th in assists per game (2.2) while R.G. Keenan is 12th in ground balls per game (7.2).

GOAL-SCORING STREAKS:  Senior attackman Marcus Holman has scored goals in 20 successive games heading into the Duke contest.  Holman's streak, which includes 48 goals in that span, is the fourth longest streak in the country.

BURKE FIRST TRUE FRESHMAN STARTER IN GOAL SINCE 2002:  True freshman Kieran Burke of Fort Salonga, N.Y., has started the first five games of the season for the Tar Heels in goal.  He is the first true freshman to start for the Tar Heels at the beginning 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 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 will host 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 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 include 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 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 NAMED WORLD CHAMPIONS:  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 72 games under Coach Breschi's direction dating back to the opening game of the 2009 season.

Carolina is 42-8 in those 49 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, to 11-10 to Virginia on April 9, 2011, to Duke 13-11 on March 16, 2012, to Virginia 15-10 on April 7, 2012, to Denver 16-14 on May 12, 2012 and to Massachusetts 12-11 on February 16, 2013.

In the 21 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 22 games is just 7-15.

NEAR DOMINANCE AT FETZER FIELD UNDER BRESCHI:  After a 16-15 win over Princeton on March 9, UNC is 29-6 in home games in Coach Joe Breschi's four years at the helm of the Tar Heels.  That's a winning percentage of 82.9 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, a regular-season loss to Duke, an NCAA Tournament loss to Maryland in 2011 and regular-season losses to Lehigh and Virginia and an NCAA Tournament loss to Denver in 2012.

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 49-23 for a winning percentage of 68.1 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 141-86 and his career winning percentage is 62.1 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 Duke on March 13 with an all-time record of 254-118-2 at Fetzer Field.

UNC has a 68.2 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 434-271-2 in the sport of men's lacrosse. That is a winning percentage of .615.

FIFTH-RANKED IN ATTENDANCE:  Carolina has averaged 2,233 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 WEEK FOR THE TAR HEELS:  Carolina will not play a weekend game after meeting Duke on Wednesday. The Tar Heels will next be in action for a rare Monday afternoon tilt, hosting Dartmouth on March 18 at 4 p.m. at Fetzer Field.  The game will be an ESPN3 contest.
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