General: One of the top face-off men in UNC history...won first-team All-America honors in 2012...in the midst of rewriting the Tar Heel career record book in several categories...his 1,035 face-off attempts are second in Tar Heel history...ranks fourth in career ground balls with 322...is second in career face-off wins with 594...ninth in career face-off winning percentage at .574...has 16 career games with 15 or more face-off wins...chosen in the seventh round of the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft...taken by the Ohio Machine as the 49th overall pick.
2013 (Junior): Won the team's Holmes Harden, Sr. Award for the third straight year with 111 ground balls...that total was the sixth most in a season in UNC history...won 198 of 374 face-offs (.529)...the 198 face-off wins were the fifth most in a season in Carolina history...named to the All-ACC Tournament Team for the second straight year...won a career-high 20 face-offs versus Princeton (20 of 34)...that matched the fourth most face-off wins in a game in UNC history...had five goals and three assists on the season...caused a turnover in the last two minutes of the Princeton game with the Tar Heels down a goal, allowing Carolina to stage a furious rally that resulted in a last-second win...had two assists in win over Brown...his goal six seconds into overtime lifted Carolina past Johns Hopkins 11-10...scored a pair of goals in ACC Tournament championship game victory over Virginia...had double digit in ground balls four times, led by 11 against Brown and in ACC title game versus UVa...had 12 games with double digits face-off wins...besides Princeton, his best overall games at the X were against Brown (19-31), Virginia in ACC Tournament (18-32), Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament (15-22) and UMass (15-24)...was also over 50 percent in the circle in wins over Air Force, Fairfield, Dartmouth and Hofstra.
2012 (Sophomore): First-team All-America selection by USILA...won All-ACC Tournament honors...won the Holmes Harden, Sr. Award for the second successive year for leading UNC in ground balls...was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on four occasions (February 14, February 28, March 27 and April 3)...won 205 of 340 face-offs for a winning percentage of .603...the 205 face-off wins were the fourth most in a season in Carolina history and winning percentage ranks 11th in a season in Tar Heel history...led UNC in ground balls with 102, the ninth most in a single year...also scored three goals and had two assists...had both assists against Princeton in a 9-8 win and scored goals against Mercer, Johns Hopkins and Denver...season-highs for ground balls were 11 against Navy and 11 against Duke in the ACC Tournament championship game...that total was just one short of his career high...won a season-high 19 face-offs (out of 27 attempts) in win over Penn State...was key to frenetic second-half comeback win at Navy, winning 18 of 20 face-offs to go with 11 ground balls...his 90 percent winning percentage against the Midshipmen was a career best...was brilliant in UNC's 13-9 win over top-ranked Johns Hopkins as he won 18 of 25 face-offs, scooped up nine ground balls and scored a goal...turned in a stellar effort in ACC Tournament final against Duke, going 17 of 25 at the X and scooping up 11 ground balls...helped lead UNC past Maryland 11-10 with 14 of 22 face-off wins and seven ground balls...other top games at the X included 13 of 16 versus Mercer, 16 of 18 against Detroit and 12 of 15 against Michigan.
2011 (Freshman): 2011 USILA third-team All-America selection in the face-off circle...won the Holmes Harden, Sr. Memorial Award for leading the team in ground balls with 109...that matched the sixth highest total in a single season in UNC history...was a first-team All-Freshman selection by Inside Lacrosse...won 191 of 321 face-offs for a percentage of .595...his 191 face-off victories were the fourth most in a single year in Tar Heel lacrosse history...scored his first career goal against Dartmouth...also scored against Virginia and had a goal and an assist in the win at Lehigh...had double digits in ground balls three times including 12 each versus Navy and UMBC and 11 against Notre Dame in the Tar Heels' overtime win against the Fighting Irish...had six other games where he scooped up seven or more ground balls...won 10 or more face-offs in a game 11 times...had 18 face-off wins versus Navy, Duke and Dartmouth...his 18 of 21 performance against the Big Green was his best face-off winning percentage of the season at .857...was stellar against Navy, winning 18 of 22 draws as well as against Notre Dame when he won 15 of 21...was 60 percent or better in the face-off circle eight times.
Prep: Considered the top face-off man coming out of the high school class of 2010...excellent all-around midfielder...ended up as No. 10-ranked recruit in 2010 senior class as named by Inside Lacrosse Magazine...prepped at Baltimore's Boys' Latin School...coached there by Bob Shriver...captain of team as senior when he led Boys' Latin to MIAA championship game...2010 Under Armour Lacrosse All-America selection...won squad's spirit and ground ball awards in 2009...All-MIAA selection in 2009...was the top-ranked face-off man in the MIAA ranks...Inside Lacrosse No. 38 Young Gun Rising Senior...All-Metro Second Team in 2009...led 2007 team to undefeated junior varsity season and MIAA championship.Personal: Robert Gately Keenan, III is the son of Bob and JoAnn Keenan...was born in March 1992 in Perry Hall, Md. ...has one older sister...communication studies major.
R.G. Keenan's Stats Lines
Year GP/GS SH G A PTS GB FO PCT.
2011 16/0 9 3 1 4 109 191-321 .595
2012 17/0 14 3 2 5 102 205-340 .603
2013 17/0 18 5 3 8 111 198-374 .529
Totals 50/0 41 11 6 17 322 594-1035 .574
Career Highs: Goals: 2 vs. Virginia, 4-28-2013; Assists: 2 vs. Princeton, 3-10-2012; 2 vs. Brown, 3-27-2013; Points: 2 vs. Lehigh, 4-17-2011; 2 vs. Princeton, 3-10-2012; 2 vs. Brown, 3-27-2013; 2 vs. Virginia, 4-28-2013; Ground Balls: 12 vs. Navy, 2-25-2011; 12 vs. UMBC, 3-5-2011; Face-Offs Won: 20 vs. Princeton, 3-9-2013; Face-Off Percentage: .900 (18-20) vs. Navy, 2-25-2012.