CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Four members of the University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team were named Wednesday morning to the annual All-America Teams named by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Tar Heel selections on the team are led by senior defenseman Austin Pifani of Roslyn, Pa., who was named to the first-team All-America squad. Junior defenseman Chris Cloutier of Kitchener, Ontario was tapped for the third-team All-America squad.
Two more Tar Heels were named to the honorable mention team – Luke Goldstock, a senior attackmand from Niskayuna, N.Y., and Tate Jozokos, a senior short-stick defensive midfielder from Wolfeboro, N.H.
Pifani, Goldstock and Jozokos were all named to the All-ACC Team last month. Pifani was also named the 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Cloutier captured honors as the 2017 Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament and Goldstock was also named to the All-ACC Tournament Team.
Pifani started every game he dressed in during his Tar Heel career. In 2017 in leading the Tar Heels to the ACC championship, he started 16 games and led the team in caused turnovers with 22 while finishing fourth on the team in ground balls with 34. He finished his UNC career second in caused turnovers with 65.
Cloutier came on at the end of the year, just as he did as a sophomore, putting up big numbers in ACC regular season and Tournament games. He led Carolina with 36 goals and 50 points and was second in assists with 14. He finished second on the team in shooting percentage at .356.
Goldstock had his third straight stellar year as one of Carolina's leading scorers. He was second on the team in goals with 32 and in points with 45 while finishing third in assists with 13. Goldstock finished his Tar Heel career as the program's fifth-leading goal scorer. He tied for 10th in points in his career on the UNC charts.
Jozokos returned to the All-America team in 2017 after being named a third-team choice in 2015. As a senior he played in all 16 games for the Tar Heels and was the team's No. 2 ground ball producer with 40 while also causing 10 turnovers. He scored two goals and added two assists in 2017. Jozokos finished his Tar Heel career with 111 ground balls.