2013 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
#6/#3 North Carolina (8-3) at #20 Hofstra (7-4)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
James M. Shuart Stadium
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TAR HEELS HEAD TO LONG ISLAND TO MEET PRIDE: North Carolina's 2013 men's lacrosse team hits the road again this weekend when the Tar Heels match up against 20th-ranked Hofstra for a regionally-televised game 7 p.m. The game will be telecast live on Hofstra's official athletics website, GoHofstra.com. The match will be played at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., on the Hofstra University campus.
The matchup with the Pride will mark the final regular-season road game of the season for Carolina. The Tar Heels are 2-2 on the road heading into the match. Carolina will play its final regular-season home game and 13th game of the year overall when it plays host to High Point on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels will also host the ACC Tournament at Kenan Stadium on April 26 and 28. Final seedings and pairings for the tournament will be announced by the ACC Office on Friday night.
Coach Joe Breschi's team carries an 8-3 overall record and a 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference mark into this Saturday's matchup, while the Pride, probably UNC's most underrated opponent all season, comes into the game at 7-4 overall. In their most recent outings, Carolina defeated Virginia last Saturday 10-7 in Charlottesville, Va., in a nationally-televised ESPN3 game while Hofstra took to the road and humiliated St. Joseph's by a 13-1 count.
Links for live stats and for live video and audio for Saturday's game will be available on UNC's Athletic Department Website, GoHeels.com, as well as on Hofstra's athletics website, GoHofstra.com.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE TAR HEELS: Carolina is coming off a 10-7 victory at 18th-ranked Virginia last Saturday at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke led the Tar Heels to the victory as he made a career high 23 saves and allowed only seven goals while facing 51 shots from the Wahoos. Burke's save total was the most by an ACC goalie in eight years and the most by a UNC keeper in 10 years.
Marcus Holman led the Tar Heels offensively with three goals and three assists for a game-high six points. Jimmy Bitter and Chad Tutton each added two goals and an assist for the Tar Heels.
The game marked the first regular-season win for Carolina over Virginia in nine seasons and its first regular-season victory at Klockner Stadium since 2001. UNC had beaten the Wahoos in Klockner in last year's ACC Tournament semifinals.
The three-goal margin of victory was the largest for UNC in its series against UVA since the Tar Heels beat the Wahoos 15-7 in the 1994 ACC Tournament championship game at Klockner Stadium.
UNC SWEEPS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS AFTER WIN OVER UVA: North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman and freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced April 9 by the conference.
Holman had six points, his fifth game this year with five or more points, on three goals and three assists in North Carolina's 10-7 road victory at Virginia, Carolina's first regular-season win over the Cavaliers in nine years. Holman had his hat trick by halftime, the 15th of his career, and was involved in four of the Tar Heels' six first-half goals. He then added two assists on goals in the second half, including one on Joey Sankey's game-clinching goal with 1:42 to play.
The three goals for the native of Baltimore, Md., gave him 111 for his career, tying him for third place on North Carolina's career list. He now has 186 points, sixth most in Tar Heel history, and 75 assists, ninth most. This is his second weekly award of the season and fourth of his career.
Burke tallied 23 saves and allowed only seven goals in the victory at Virginia. The 23 stops are the fourth highest total in NCAA Division I this year, and are nine more than his previous career high of 15 set twice this season. The performance is the best by an ACC goalkeeper since 2005, when Maryland's Harry Alford registered 25 against Georgetown, and the most by a Tar Heel since Paul Spellman had 25 in 2003 against Maryland.
The native of Fort Salonga, N.Y., was the difference in the game as Virginia outshot North Carolina, 51-32, held a 41-21 advantage in ground balls, and won 15-of-20 face-offs. Burke saved 14 of the 17 shots on goal in the second half to earn his second ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
THIS WEEK'S RANKINGS: Hofstra is ranked #20 this week in the USILA coaches' poll. The Tar Heels are third in the USILA poll this week and sixth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse ranking.
TAR HEELS AND PRIDE MEET FOR THE 11TH TIME SATURDAY: North Carolina and Hofstra will be meeting for the 11th time on the lacrosse field when they meet up Saturday night in Hempstead, N.Y. Hofstra leads the all-time series 6-4. This will be the ninth meeting between the two teams at Shuart Stadium. The Pride has gone 6-2 against the Tar Heels in those previous eight games in Hempstead. The last meeting between the squads came a year ago in Charlotte, N.C. as part of the Warrior Lacrosse Classic. UNC defeated the Pride 12-9. Carolina has won three in a row over Hofstra after sustaining losses in its previous four games against the Pride.
THE UPDATED HOLMAN NUMBERS: Marcus Holman's six points versus Virginia now gives him 186 for his career. He is currently in sixth place in all-time scoring at Carolina. He needs two more points to equal John Webster (1990-93) on the career points chart. Holman's 111 career goals place him in a third-place tie on the Carolina career list with Mac Ford (1982-85). Holman needs two more goals to equal Jed Prossner (2002-05) for the second highest goal total in UNC history. His three assists versus Virginia give him 75 for his career, the ninth highest UNC total. He needs one more assist to tie Billy Bitter (2008-11) for eighth place on the UNC career chart.
Holman's 111 career goals are tied for ninth amongst active NCAA Division I players. His 75 career assists also equal the ninth most of any current Division I player. His 186 career points are fourth amongst all active players in NCAA Division I.
BURKE SOLID IN THE CAGE AGAIN: Kieran Burke started for the Tar Heels for the 11th straight game against Virginia and went all the way in goal, making 23 saves, his career high, while allowing seven goals. In the past five games, he has made 76 saves while allowing 42 goals (.644). His improvement in that stretch has been a key part of the Heels stringing five successive wins together. He is the first true freshman to start for the Tar Heels from the opening game of a season since Paul Spellman in 2002.
SOPHOMORE DUO CLIMBING CAREER GOAL & POINT CHARTS: Joey Sankey now has 50 career goals and Jimmy Bitter has recorded 48 career tallies. With two goals against Virginia, Sankey became the 50th player in UNC history to hit the 50-goal plateau. He is now tied with Dan Levy (1990-93) for 49th place all-time. With two more goals, Bitter will become the 51st Tar Heel player to score 50 goals in his career. Sankey goes into the Hofstra game with 82 career points, placing him in a tie with Neill Redfern (1988-89) for 50th place on the all-time UNC chart. Bitter now has 79 career points and is in a tie for 52nd place with Monty Hill (1978-81) in career scoring at Carolina.
SCORING STREAKS FOR TAR HEEL PLAYERS: Senior attackman Marcus Holman has recorded at least one point in 26 successive games. His streak started on February 12, 2012. During the past 26 games he has tallied 63 goals and added 60 assists for 123 points. His 26-game point streak equals the 10th longest run amongst current NCAA Division I players. The Tar Heel record for consecutive games with a point is 45 by Michael Burnett (early 1980s). Holman has scored a goal in each of the past 26 games and he has recorded at least one assist in 23 of the past 26 games. His goal-scoring streak is tied for the fourth longest amongst active NCAA Division I players. The school record for successive games with at least one goal is 27 set by Mac Ford (mid-1980s).
Jimmy Bitter has recorded at least one point in 21 successive games dating back to March 16, 2012. He has scored at least one goal in 19 of the past 21 games.
Joey Sankey has gone 15 successive games with at least one point, a streak dating back to April 20, 2012. During that scoring run, he has recorded goals in 14 of the past 15 games.
Over the last 22 matches dating back to the middle of the 2012 campaign, midfielder Chad Tutton has recorded at least one goal in 21 matches. The only time he was shut out in that streak was at Notre Dame on March 2 of this season.
UNC's CAREER HAT TRICKS: Marcus Holman leads all Tar Heels with 15 career hat tricks, the most recent in last Saturday's win at Virginia. Other Tar Heels with multiple career hat tricks include Davey Emala with 12, Joey Sankey with eight, Jimmy Bitter with six, Chad Tutton with four and Pat Foster with two.
KEENAN'S UPDATED FACEOFF NUMBERS: R.G. Keenan has now won 524 face-offs in his career heading into the game against Hofstra. That is the second most face-off wins in UNC history. Shane Walterhoefer (2006-09) is the UNC career leader with 723 face-off victories. The 524 face-off wins are fifth amongst all active NCAA Division I players.
Keenan has 283 career ground balls, the seventh most in UNC history. He ranks second amongst active Division I players in the category.
A PLETHORA OF ONE-GOAL GAMES: Five of Carolina's first 11 games of the season have been decided by a single goal with UNC going 3-2 in those games. The most recent one-goal decision came against Johns Hopkins on March 30 when the Tar Heels won in overtime 11-10. 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.
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.
UNC VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS UNDER COACH BRESCHI: North Carolina has played nationally-ranked opponents 50 times in Joe Breschi's five-year coaching tenure. UNC is 29-21 in those games. Conversely, the Tar Heels are 25-3 against unranked opponents in his five seasons. Breschi is 54-24 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 13-9 in games decided by one goal over the past five years. On March 30, Carolina defeated Johns Hopkins 11-10 in overtime. It was UNC's first overtime win in almost two years. Prior to beating Hopkins, Carolina's last overtime win came against Notre Dame 9-8 on May 6, 2011.
A YOUTHFUL STARTING LINEUP: During the first 11 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 Virginia Cavaliers last Saturday included three seniors (Marcus Holman, Davey Emala, Kieran McDonald), one junior (Jordan Smith), three sophomores (Jimmy Bitter, Joey Sankey, Chad Tutton) and three freshmen (Steve Pontrello, Evan Connell, Kieran Burke).
The Tar Heels have been playing anywhere between 25 and 30 players on average in a game. The depth chart over the past several games has 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.
TAR HEELS WIN THRILLER VERSUS HOPKINS: Carolina has been building momentum the second half of this season off a scintillating 11-10 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins on March 30 in Kenan Stadium. It was UNC's first game at Kenan Stadium in four years and, ironically, the hero in the game was named Keenan himself (just one more "e" in the last name for the record). Junior R.G. Keenan won the overtime face-off and scored six seconds later to give the Heels their overtime triumph before a crowd of 5,922 fans. It was Carolina's first overtime win in almost two years. Marcus Holman had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) to lead the Tar Heels while Davey Emala recorded his second straight hat trick in the win over the Blue Jays. Joey Sankey had a pair of goals for UNC while Chad Tutton had a goal and two assists. Defenseman Ryan Kilpatrick assisted on both Marcus Holman goals in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke made 14 saves in the match while allowing 10 goals in the UNC victory.
EMALA SHARES ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD AFTER WIN OVER THE HOP: North Carolina senior midfielder Davey Emala and Maryland sophomore attackman Jay Carlson were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Week as announced April 2 by the conference.
Davey Emala scored three goals on just three shots in North Carolina's 11-10 overtime win over No. 10 Johns Hopkins. After scoring the opening goal of the game, Emala added a second score with 3:54 left in the first quarter to give the Tar Heels their largest lead of the game at 4-1. The native of Baltimore, Md., scored the game-tying goal for North Carolina with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime where the Tar Heels won on a goal six seconds into the extra period by R.G. Keenan. It is the second career weekly award for Emala and his first since Februrary 14, 2012. Emala also scored three goals in a midweek victory over Brown on March 27. For the week, Emala scored six goals on seven shots in the wins over the Bears and Blue Jays.
FIVE WINS IN A ROW FOR THE HEELS: Carolina enters the Hofstra game on a five-game winning streak with wins over Dartmouth, Maryland, Brown, Johns Hopkins and Virginia. The five-game winning streak is UNC's longest since it won 10 games in a row to begin the 2010 season.
CAROLINA EXCELS IN NATIONALLY-TELEVISED WIN OVER BROWN: R.G. Keenan had a stellar game at the X and UNC's attack continued its potent performance as seventh-ranked North Carolina beat 20th-ranked Brown 18-12 on March 27 before 1,145 fans at Fetzer Field an a national TV audience on ESPNU. Joey Sankey scored four goals for the third straight game, Jimmy Bitter had a six-point night and Marcus Holman had eight points, including six assists, matching his career high in the latter statistical category. Davey Emala also had a hat trick in the game, his second of the season, after also scoring thrice in the win over Princeton. Against Brown, face-off man R.G. Keenan was a key factor in the game for Carolina as he helped keep the ball away from the potent Bears' offense. He won 19 of 31 face-offs, had 11 ground balls and also assisted on two goals. He was one short of his career highs in both face-off victories (20 versus Princeton earlier this season) and ground balls (12 versus both Navy and UMBC in 2011) and matched his career best for assists and points in a contest. Close defenseman Kieran McDonald finished the Brown game with six ground balls and four caused turnovers as well as his first career goal. The four caused turnovers matched his career high in a game and he was one short of his career high in ground balls (7 vs. Fairfield on February 23).
ATTACK LOOMS LARGE AGAINST BEARS: Carolina's starting attack unit combined for 19 points against Brown on March 27 with Marcus Holman scoring two goals and passing for six assists, Jimmy Bitter scoring three goals and adding three assists and Joey Sankey scoring four goals and adding an assist. Holman's six assists equaled his career high he set against Air Force in the season opener of 2013 and his eight points were two short of his personal best set last year against Michigan. Bitter matched his career high of three assists in a game for the fourth time this year and he was one short of his career high for points (7 versus Hofstra last season). Sankey scored four goals for the third straight game as he set and then twice matched his career high in a nine-day stretch. Davey Emala had a hat trick, the 11th of his career, as he matched his season high goal total after scoring thrice against Princeton on March 9. Sankey's hat trick was the eighth of his career and Bitter now has six career hat tricks.
THE TAR HEELS VERSUS THE IVY LEAGUE IN 2013: Carolina finished the 2013 regular-season 3-0 against the Ivy League. In the month of March, Carolina defeated Princeton 16-15, Dartmouth 13-5 and Brown 18-12.
30 GOALS IN A GAME FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR: The 30 combined goals in the March 27 game versus Brown fell just one short of the combined total of 31 in Carolina's 16-15 win over Princeton on March 9. The 18 goals were also a season high total for the Tar Heels and the most since beating Michigan 19-5 on May 5, 2012.
THE TAR HEELS VERSUS NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS IN 2013: Nine of Carolina's first 11 games this season have come against Top 20 teams in the USILA coaches poll or Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. Carolina will continue that trend when its meets #20 Hofstra (USILA coaches poll) on Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y.
ATTACK UNIT & BURKE POWER UNC PAST TERPS: Freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke made 15 saves, Joey Sankey rang up a four-goal game and Jimmy Bitter chipped in with a five-point effort as #14 North Carolina defeated #1 Maryland 10-8 on March 26 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Tar Heels bolted to a 9-3 lead in the game midway through the third quarter before weathering a late run by the Terrapins, who scored five of the last six goals of the game. But Burke repeatedly came up big in the cage for Carolina, matching his then career high for saves, set previously against Notre Dame on March 2. With the Tar Heels holding a four-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter, Burke was at his best. The Terps outshot Carolina 15-4 in the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels struggled to hold on to the ball, committing seven turnovers in the fourth period. But Burke made six fourth-quarter saves and the Tar Heels earned a much-needed win while evening their league record.
Bitter and Sankey led the Tar Heels with five and four-point games, respectively. Bitter scored twice and passed for three assists while Marcus Holman had two goals and a helper. For the second straight game, Sankey scored four goals, matching his career high set the previous Monday versus Dartmouth. It was the seventh career hat trick for Sankey. It marked the fourth time in his career that Bitter had passed for a career-high three assists. Three of those four games have come this season, against Notre Dame, Princeton and Maryland.
LONGEST DEFENSIVE STAND IN FIVE SEASONS: Over a stretch from the first to the third quarters of the win over Maryland, Carolina held the Terps scoreless for a span of 33 minutes and 16 seconds, the longest stretch of the Joe Breschi coaching era. The last time the Tar Heels had held a team scoreless for that long a period was March 18, 2008 when Carolina held Marist scoreless for the final 34:04 of a 12-3 win at Fetzer Field.
WINS OVER NUMBER ONE: North Carolina's 10-8 win at top-ranked Maryland March 23 resulted in a piece of history for the Tar Heel historical archives. It marked the first time in school history that Carolina had beaten teams ranked #1 in the nation in back-to-back seasons.
Prior to whipping the Terrapins, the Tar Heels' last win against a No. 1 team came on April 1, 2012 when Carolina defeated top-ranked Johns Hopkins 13-9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in the Big City Classic.
That win over Johns Hopkins had been an accomplishment in itself as prior to that win over the Blue Jays, Carolina had gone 16 years without beating a #1 team. On that occasion, Carolina outlasted top-ranked Virginia 19-18 on April 6, 1996 at Fetzer Field.
SANKEY & BURKE NOTCH ACC PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS: North Carolina sophomore attackman Joey Sankey and freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced March 26 by the conference.
Sankey had a pair of career games as he led North Carolina to a victory over Dartmouth, 13-5, and over No. 1 Maryland, 10-8. He scored four goals in each game on only 12 total shots in the two games combined. The two four-goal performances set and then matched his career high. The native of Warminster, Pa., improved his total to seven career hat tricks. His seven points against Dartmouth were also a career high for a game as he added assists on three goals, contributing on seven of North Carolina's 13 tallies versus the Big Green. It was Sankey's second ACC weekly honor of the season and also of his career. Sankey was also named as the National Player of the Week by the Baltimore Sun.
Burke had two of the best games of his eight-game career as he led North Carolina in the wins over Dartmouth and No. 1 Maryland. In the victory over Dartmouth, he made 10 saves and allowed only five goals in 56-plus minutes. His .667 save percentage in the game was the best of his freshman campaign to date. The native of Fort Salonga, N.Y., then followed that by making 15 saves and allowing only eight goals in a win over Maryland, the first loss of the season for the Terrapins. He faced 37 shots in the game, improving his record to 4-3 and matching his career high for saves set earlier this year against Notre Dame. It is the first weekly award for Burke.
SANKEY & HOLMAN LEAD HEELS PAST DARTMOUTH: Marcus Holman scored his 100th career goal and Joey Sankey had career highs for goals in a game and points in a game as the Tar Heels beat Dartmouth 13-5 on March 18.
Holman became only the ninth Tar Heel in history to score 100 goals when he tallied an unassisted goal with 35 seconds left to play in the second quarter, giving the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead at intermission. Prior to the next face-off the officials took that ball out of play to give Holman a well-earned keepsake. His four goals on the day gave him 102 for his career, at that point tying him with Jeff Sonke (1998-2001) and Mike McCall (2002-05) for sixth place on Carolina's career goal scoring list. Holman's four goals earned him another hat trick, giving him 14 career hat tricks.
Joey Sankey's four goals were a new career high and his sixth career hat trick. He had scored three goals in a match on five previous occasions (versus Mercer, Lehigh, Duke and Maryland in 2012 and versus Air Force in 2013). His three assists were one short of his career high set against Princeton on March 9. His seven points broke his previous career high of six (vs. Mercer and Duke last season and Princeton this year).
FIRST CAREER GOALS VERSUS THE BIG GREEN: A pair of North Carolina players tallied the first goals of their careers in the Tar Heels' 13-5 win over Dartmouth on March 18. Senior defensive midfielder William Scroggs scored in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a fast break to notch his initial tally. Later in the fourth quarter, freshman attackman Patrick Kelly scored an unassisted goal, earning the first marker of his career.
GOOD ON THE DEFENSIVE END: Carolina allowed only five goals in its 13-5 win over Dartmouth March 18. That was the fewest goals given up by UNC since a 19-5 win over Michigan on May 5, 2012. The last time Carolina had allowed fewer than five goals was February 13, 2010 when the Tar Heels beat Bryant 5-4 in Chapel Hill.
Goalkeeper Kieran Burke had 10 saves in the win over the Big Green while allowing five goals. His .667 save percentage was the best of his seven-game career at that time
In Carolina's 10-8 win over Maryland, the Tar Heels gave up their fewest goals in a winning effort against an ACC team since March 26, 2011 when Carolina won 11-6 at Maryland. Burke matched his career high for saves in a game with 15 versus the Terps.
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 battled back 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 match, 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, a total he eclipsed in the win over Dartmouth on March 18. Sankey's four assists were a career high for the sophomore attackman. On six different occasions as a freshman, he had recorded three assists 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.
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 six of seven games played this season.
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.
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. Holman equaled that six-assist total against Brown on March 27.
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.
UNC AMONG ATTENDANCE LEADERS: The Tar Heels are amongst NCAA Division I attendance leaders in 2013. UNC is fourth in average home attendance at 2,413 per game and fifth in average all games attendance at 3,197 per contest. UNC trails only Syracuse, Virginia and Maryland in average home attendance. UNC has drawn 16,892 fans for its first seven home games.
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.
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.
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.
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 66 of their past 77 games against non-conference teams dating back to April 15, 2006. In Joe Breschi's five seasons as head coach, the Tar Heels are 45-8 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 clearly 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 55 of 78 games under Coach Breschi's direction dating back to the opening game of the 2009 season. Carolina is 47-8 in those 53 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 HOME UNDER BRESCHI: UNC is 32-7 in home games in Coach Joe Breschi's five years at the helm of the Tar Heels. That's a winning percentage of 82.1 percent.
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 54-24 for a winning percentage of 69.2 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 146-87 and his career winning percentage is 62.6 percent.
CAROLINA SNARES 250TH ALL-TIME WIN HOME VICTORY: Carolina's 11-10 win over Maryland on March 24, 2012 marked the 250th all-time win for the Tar Heels in home games. North Carolina will head into its next home game against High Point on April 19 with an all-time record of 257-119-2 in home games. UNC has a 68.2 winning percentage all-time in history in home games.
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 439-272-2 in the sport of men's lacrosse. That is a winning percentage of .617.