Coach Joe Breschi on Billy Bitter
"The main thing for him is to stay healthy. Billy is a terrific attackman. He can handle the ball. I think his vision has improved. He does a terrific job of drawing attention but we are working with him on seeing the field more. I think for a guy who has a bullseye on his back like he does, he needs to be able to distribute the ball better than he has, because we already know he's a goal scorer, a threat and a breakdown attackman. We might bring him out of the box a little bit too. Billy is who he is. He is who we've always thought he was. I think by getting healthy he can return to the form of two years ago. That's our goal is -- to get him back to where he was and it's all going to be based on his health. The expectations for him are quarterbacking the offense and going to the cage like he always has and causing havoc. Billy's not a vocal guy. He's the quiet, silent type who speaks with his actions."
2011 (Senior): 2011 Face-off Yearbook preseason first-team All-America and All-ACC selections.
2010 (Junior): Named a first-team All-America selection for the second straight year...copped honors as ACC Player of the Year, first Tar Heels so honored since 1996...was a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate and an All-ACC honoree...was named Carolina's offensive MVP for 2010...was twice named ACC Player of the Week -- on March 15 and April 5, 2010...named UNC's Progress Energy Performer of the Week on March 15, 2010...had 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points as well as scooping up 42 ground balls...finished second on the team in assists and points, fourth in ground balls and tied for fourth in goals...had seven multi-goal and eight multi-assists games as well as 12 multi-point matches...had at least one point in 15 of the 16 games...had six points in a game three times -- at Duke (4g, 2a), Lehigh (2g, 4a) and at Robert Morris (2g, 4a)...scored four goals in the 11-7 win at Johns Hopkins...score four points versus UMBC (2g, 2a) and three assists in the win at Navy...scored with three minutes left on the clock to break a 10-10 tie in UNC's 12-11 victory over Princeton...had a season-high seven ground balls at Jacksonville and six versus Bryant and five against Delaware.
2009 (Sophomore): A first-team All-America selection on attack...won two Laxie Awards from Inside Lacrosse Magazine as the national Breakthrough Player of the Year and for the top individual performance of the 2009 season (8 goals versus UMBC in NCAA first round)...won the Turnbull Trophy as the team's overall MVP...All-ACC honoree...was named to All-Tournament Team at ACC Tournament...led Tar Heels in goals, assists and points with 46, 25 and 71, respectively...was third on the team in ground balls with 61...finished one goal short of tying the school record for goals in a season...his 71 points were the third most in a season in UNC history...tied the school record for goals scored in a game with eight against UMBC in the NCAA Tournament first round...scored those eight goals on just nine shots...also had an assist against the Retrievers for a career-high nine-point game...had at least one point in every game, scored at least one goal in 16 of 18 games and had at least one assist in 15 of 18 games...opened the season with a five-goal and one-assist effort in UNC's 16-4 win over Robert Morris...had three goals and four assists in the second game of the season against Denver...over the next seven games, he had three games with four points (Lehigh, Notre Dame and Providence) and four games with only one point...really hit his stride on March 28 against Johns Hopkins as he had seven straight games with at least four points to his credit...had two goals and two assist versus the Blue Jays, including the game-winning assist in overtime...scored five goals against top-ranked Virginia...had four goals and an assist versus Ohio State...scored four times in UNC's win at Hofstra...had three goals and two assists against Maryland in the ACC Tournament semifinals...had three assists and two goals (both man-down goals) in the ACC Tournament final versus Duke...followed that up with the record-tying performance versus UMBC...recorded a career high for ground balls with nine in the regular season game at Maryland.
2008 (Freshman): Played in all 14 games as the first attackman off the bench...UNC's fourth-leading scorer and No. 2 assist man with 21 and 15, respectively...won the Jay Gallagher Award as UNC's outstanding freshman player...had a season-high three goals in UNC's 13-8 win over Cornell...had three assists in the regular-season game against Duke...also had three points (1g, 2a) versus Ohio State...had two or more points in seven matches, including four of the last five games of the campaign...had a season-high three ground balls five different times.
Prep: Graduated in June 2006 from Manhasset (N.Y.) High School where he was coached by Allan Lowe...completed a post-graduate year at Deerfield (Mass.) Academy in 2007 where he was coached by Chip Davis...a three-sport prep athlete...played center forward on the soccer team and attackman on the lacrosse squad...his sophomore year Manhasset won the New York State championship and went undefeated at 21-0...led Manhasset to county and Long Island championships in his junior year in 2005...was named the attackman of the year at Deerfield in 2007...honor roll student his spring semester at Deerfield...led Deerfield to the New England championship and an undefeated season (16-0) in his year there...also participated on the skiing team at Deerfield...2005 all-conference soccer player at Manhasset...made all-star teams at Top 205 and Hot Beds lacrosse camps...on the lacrosse field, he was All-County as a junior and honorable mention All-America as a senior...played for Long Island Express club team all through high school.
Community Service & Leadership: A veteran leader in the Carolina Leadership Academy in 2009-10...worked the phone bank at the UNC Thankathon...volunteered at a soup kitchen in New York City...did service projects at Ronald McDonald House... coached at lacrosse clinics in Chapel Hill and Palm Beach, Fla. ...active in the Tee Off for Tar Heels charity.
Personal: Full name is William Benz Bitter...prefers to go by Billy...the son of Edwin Ward Bitter II and Nancy Bitter...has lived in multiple towns in the last four years, including Manhasset, N.Y., Deerfield, Mass., New York City and Stowe, Vt., in addition to Chapel Hill...was born June 10, 1988 in Manhasset, N.Y. ...comes from a large family...sisters Kristen, 31, and Megan, 29, are the oldest of the six kids...his brothers include Ward III, 27, Matt, 25, and Jimmy, 18...is world famous for his voluminous ITunes collection...communication studies major.
LET'S PLAY 20 QUESTIONS WITH
...Billy Benz Bitter
Section #1 (Lacrosse Related)
1. My favorite thing about wearing the Carolina Blue is the history and the brand of all that it represents.
2. I love competing for this incredible coaching staff because they bring the best out of everybody as a person and as a player.
3. My most underrated strength about my lacrosse game is my ground ball skills.
4. My best friend on my high school lacrosse team was my brother Matt.
5. Every high school recruit should dream of becoming a Tar Heel because we have the best coaching staff in the world!
Section #2 (Billy's Interests)
1. An ideal Saturday afternoon in the summer is spent playing video games and bumping choicemusick.com.
2. My teammate with the best taste in music is Marcus BROlman because he is SICK!
3. My favorite professional sports team is the New England Patriots.
4. The best movie I've ever seen on a lacrosse bus trip is Get Him to the Greek.
5. The foreign country I would love to visit the most is Spain because my sister-in-law told me it was SICK!
Section #3 (Food)
1. My favorite tailgate foods and beverages are Pulled Pork, Half and Half milkshakes and Rosellen's Baked Beans but that would be very rare to see at a tailgate.
2. My favorite fast food restaurant is Chipotle because it's SICK.
3. Sweet, salty or both? Sweet, because I love chocolate.
4. My favorite food made by a relative is Brown Rice by my Grandmother Nana.
5. My favorite Chapel Hill dining spot is 411 West or Rams Head.
Section #4 (Digging Into Billy's Personality)
1. If I possessed the gift of time travel, I would go to 1977 at Boston College to hang out w my Dad.
2. The person in history I would most want to have dinner with is George W. Bush. 3. People would be very surprised to know I love to ski.
4. In a quarter century I would love to be living in Boston and working in the lacrosse industry.
5. The most interesting or fascinating person I've met in my time at UNC is Coach Breschi because he is so nice and is always happy.
Billy Bitter's Stat Lines
Year GP/GS SH SOG G A PTS GB 2008 14/0 20 11 6 15 21 34 2009 18/18 113 73 46 25 71 61 2010 15/15 78 46 22 22 44 42 Totals 47/33 211 130 74 62 136 137
In His Career: 19 multi-goal games (1 in 2008; 11 in 2009; 7 in 2010); 21 multi-assist games (5 in 2008; 8 in 2009; 8 in 2010); 33 multi-point games (7 in 2008; 14 in 2009; 12 in 2010). Career Highs: Goals--8 vs. UMBC, 5-9-2009; Assists--4 vs. Denver, 2-14-2009; 4 vs. Lehigh, 2-20-2010; 4 vs. Robert Morris, 4-17-2010; Points--9 vs. UMBC, 5-9-2009; Ground Balls--9 vs. Maryland, 3-21-2009.
|Hometown:||Manhattan, New York|
|High School:||Manhasset (N.Y.) '06; Deerfield Acad. (Mass.) '07|