General: Two-year returning starter in the attack unit for Carolina...preseason honorable mention All-America selection by Face-Off Yearbook...has scored 59 goals in his career, the 39th most in UNC history, and the most ever by a sophomore...heads into the 2014 season with a 27-game point scoring streak (12th longest in Carolina history)...ranked 42nd in career points with 93...has twice had goal scoring streaks of 10 games or more...scored in 12 straight games from April 1, 2012 through March 9, 2013 (14th longest streak in UNC history)...also scored in 10 straight games from March 18, 2013 through May 11, 2013...prepares for junior season having scored goals in 22 of past 24 games...has eight career hat tricks to his credit.
2013 (Sophomore): Named honorable mention All-America by the USILA for the second straight year...merited kudos on All-ACC Academic Men's Lacrosse Team...ACC Academic Honor Roll selection for second year in a row...was third on team in goals and points and tied for second in assists....his 52 points equaled the 25th most in a UNC season while the 32 goals matched the 23rd highest mark and 20 assists were equal to the 38th best total...had 10 multi-goal games, five multi-assist matches and 13 games with multiple point totals...increased his ground ball total to 32 and matched his career high with four in the ACC Tournament championship game versus Virginia...scored a career high five goals in the season opener against Air Force...matched his career high for assists in a game with three on four occasions (Notre Dame, Princeton, Maryland, Brown)...his six points versus Air Force, Princeton and Brown were one short of his high in a match...had five hat tricks, the most important of which were in the one-goal wins over Princeton and Duke...had five points (2g, 3a) in 10-8 win at #1 Maryland...had three goals and an assist in NCAA win over Lehigh...tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.
2012 (Freshman): Honorable mention All-America selection...named to 2011-12 ACC Academic Honor Roll...copped honors as member of All-ACC Tournament Team...Carolina's third-leading scorer with 41 points...ranked second on the team in goals scored with 27 and was third in assists with 14...his 27 goals were the most by a Tar Heel freshman since Robin Beran scored 32 goals in 1973...was credited with 21 ground balls...shared the Jay Gallagher Award as UNC's outstanding freshman with Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton...had 10 multi-goal games, four multi-assist games and 13 multi-point games...had two or more points in nine of last 10 games of the season...moved into the starting lineup against Duke on March 16 and started the last 10 games of the campaign...had best game of his freshman year against Hofstra with season high for goals (4), assists (3), points (7) and ground balls (4)...those seven points matched the second most in a game by a freshman in UNC history...opened his career with three goals in win over Penn State while coming off the bench...had four points versus Mercer (2g, 2a)...scored three goals on just six shots in 13-9 upset of No. 1 Johns Hopkins at the Meadowlands.
Prep: A graduate of the Deerfield Academy, where he was coached by Chip Davis...a 2011 high school All-America...played in the National Under Armour All-America Game on July 2, 2011...as a senior, he led Deerfield in scoring with 75 points on 52 goals and 23 assists...was hurt much of his junior year but had 15 goals and 16 assists...had a dynamic sophomore year with 20 goals and 31 assists...won the Stephen Lindsay Award as the most valuable attackman in Western New England Division I in 2011, a feat also accomplished by his brother Billy in 2007...the captain of the Deerfield team as a senior...was a three-time All-New England selection and the team's leading scorer as both a sophomore and senior...Deerfield lost only two games in his career, winning the Western New England title his sophomore campaign, playing on a DA team which tied the school record for wins in a season with 16 in 2010 and leading another WNE title team in 2011 that finished 15-0...was an honor roll student at DA.Personal: James Joseph Bitter is the son of Ward and Nancy Bitter...the second member of his family to play for the Tar Heels, following his brother Billy, who graduated from UNC in 2011...the youngest of the six Bitter siblings...grew up in Manhasset, N.Y., but now lives in Stowe, Vt. ...advertising major...was born in January 1992 in Manhasset, N.Y. ...his father, Ward, was an All-America lacrosse player at Boston College where his sisters Kristen and Megan also played...besides Billy (UNC), his other brothers played collegiately at Williams College (Ward) and the U.S. Naval Academy (Matt)...his family owns the company Bitter Lacrosse...a member of UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Carolina Leadership Academy where he has completed the Rising Star program.
Catching Up With Jimmy Bitter
The best thing about being a Tar Heel lacrosse player is the family atmosphere.
My favorite thing about playing for Coach Breschi is his competitiveness.
Since last year the aspect of my game I've worked on the most is two-handed GBs.
My best friend on a college lacrosse team other than Carolina is Ted Growney (UVA Club Puck).
My greatest strength as a lacrosse player is my circle throwback.
More About Jimmy
My favorite lacrosse bus trip movie is The Notebook.
My favorite sport other than lacrosse is skiing.
My favorite singer or musical act is Dave Matthews.
The teammate who makes me laugh the most is Trello.
My teammates would be surprised to know one of my hobbies is cleaning.
My dream vacation spot is Mill Reef Club, Antigua.
My favorite tailgate food is chicken parm.
My favorite beverage is coconut water.
My favorite food made by a relative is Elephant Ears by my sister Kristen.
And Here's Some More
In a perfect world my dream job would be a father.
My favorite class at Carolina is Poetry.
The celebrity I'd most like to hang out with is Bill Murray.
My most cherished possession as a kid was my wall.The most interesting person I've met at Carolina is Luke Goldstock.
Jimmy Bitter's Stat Lines
Year GP/GS SH G A PTS GB CT
2012 17/10 82 27 14 41 21 4
2013 17/16 113 32 20 52 32 4
Totals 34/26 195 59 34 93 53 8
In His Career: 20 multi-goal games (10 in 2012, 10 in 2013); 9 multi-assist games (4 in 2012, 5 in 2013); 26 multi-point games (13 in 2012, 13 in 2013).
Career Highs: Goals: 5 vs. Air Force, 2-8-2013; Assists: 3 vs. Hofstra, 4-14-2012; 3 vs. Notre Dame, 3-2-2013; 3 vs. Princeton, 3-9-2013; 3 vs. Maryland, 3-23-2013; 3 vs. Brown, 3-27-2013; Points: 7 vs. Hofstra, 4-14-2012; Ground Balls: 4 vs. Hofstra, 4-14-2012; 4 vs. Duke, 4-22-2012; 4 vs. Virginia, 4-26-2013; Caused Turnovers: 2 vs. Denver, 5-12-2012.