General: Returning letter winner who started in first midfield unit in 2013...member of U.S. U19 Team which won the world championship in the summer of 2012 in Finland.
2013 (Freshman): Had an excellent freshman year...played in 16 games and started 14 games in the first midfield unit...had 12 goals, one assist and 11 ground balls...had the third-highest goal total amongst all midfielders...had a season-high three ground balls and scored in opening game of his career versus Air Force...had two goals in a game three times, the first occasion in game at Notre Dame...scored a pair of goals and had two ground balls in ACC Tournament championship game against Virginia...also scored a pair of goals in NCAA first round win over Lehigh...shared the team lead in game-winning goals with three.
Prep: Graduated in 2012 from St. Augustine Prep...attended Cherokee High School before transferring to St. Augustine...played four years of lacrosse as a midfielder...had some gaudy career statistics and was consistent throughout his high school career...finished with 196 goals and 101 assists (50g, 37a as senior; 52g, 23a as junior; 49g, 13a as sophomore; 45g, 28a as senior)...selected for Under Armour All-America Team in 2012...lacrosse team captain in 2011 and 2012...participated in the Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Games in 2011...named Player of the Year by the Courier Post...first-team All-State honoree...captured Atlantic City Press' Player of the Year kudos in 2011...named U.S. Lacrosse Player of the Year for New Jersey South...won Madison Square Garden Award as first-team midfielder of the Tri-State Area in 2012...was 2012 Philadelphia Enquirer and Press of Atlantic City players of the year.Personal: Steve John Pontrello is the son of Paul and Maria Pontrello...was born in March 1993 in Marlton, N.J. ...communication studies major...his brother, Nikko, plays lacrosse at Loyola College and was a member of its 2012 NCAA championship squad...his brother, Eric, attends Drexel.
Catching Up With Steve Pontrello
The best thing about being a Tar Heel lacrosse player is playing for something more than yourself with a great group of guys.
My favorite thing about playing for Coach Breschi is that I know I have a great coach that can get my teammates and me to be better and to reach our goals.
Since last year the aspects of my game I've worked on the most are getting bigger and being more physical on field.
My best friend on a college lacrosse team other than Carolina is my brother, Nikko (Loyola College).
My greatest strength as a lacrosse player is my work ethic.
More About Steve
My favorite lacrosse bus trip movie is 21 Jump Street.
My favorite sport other than lacrosse is basketball.
My favorite singer or musical act is YG.
The teammate who makes me laugh the most is T.J. Kemp.
My teammates would be surprised to know one of my hobbies is trying to go to the beach as much as possible.
My dream vacation spot is Bora Bora or Hawaii.
My favorite tailgate food is roast pork sandwich.
My favorite beverage is Mr. Pibb.
My favorite food made by a relative is steak.
And Here's Some More
In a perfect world my dream job would be a CEO of some big company and make a lot of money.
My favorite class at Carolina is Econ 53.
The celebrity I'd most like to hang out with is Melanie Iglesias.
My most cherished possession as a kid was my iPod.
The most interesting person I've met at Carolina is Coach Myers.
Steve Pontrello's Stat Lines
Year GP/GS SH SOG G A PTS GB
2013 16/14 50 25 12 1 13 11
Totals 16/14 50 25 12 1 13 11
Career Highs: Goals: 2 vs. Notre Dame, 3-2-2013; 2 vs. Virginia, 4-28-2013; 2 vs. Lehigh, 5-11-2013; Points: 2 vs. Notre Dame, 3-2-2013; 2 vs. Virginia, 4-28-2013; 2 vs. Lehigh, 5-11-2013; Ground Balls: 3 vs. Air Force, 2-8-2013.