Two-year letter winner...will be back on offensive end this year after playing defensive mid last year...an improved player with big expectations...after injury plagued two years looking to get back to where he was in middle of 2014 season...had an outstanding redshirt freshman campaign in 2014...redshirted during the 2013 campaign…underwent shoulder surgery in the fall of 2012 before returning to practice in fall 2013…member of the U.S. U19 National Team that won the World Championship in the summer of 2012 in Finland.2015 (Redshirt Sophomore):
Played in 15 games, primarily as a defensive midfielder...scored a career high three goals versus Manhattan...also had goals versus Johns Hopkins and Richmond...had five assists, all in different games...had 23 ground balls with season high three each versus Richmond, Maryland, Duke and Virginia...excelled defensively against Duke, recording three of his four caused turnovers in 2015...named to All-ACC Academic Men’s Lacrosse Team.2014 (Redshirt Freshman):
Appeared in 10 games for UNC, and started three at midfield...missed several games at midseason due to injury…his first career goal came against Furman as the game-winning goal…scored seven goals on the season, including a hat trick in the 9-8 overtime loss at Duke…also had three assists, with two coming against Bucknell…picked up four ground balls and had one caused turnover...named to 2013-14 ACC Academic Honor Roll...qualifed for selection to Fall 2013 semester Dean’s List.2013 (Freshman):
Named to 2012-13 ACC Academic Honor Roll…tapped for spring semester 2013 Dean’s List.Prep:
A 2012 alumnus of San Ramon Valley High School...coached in lacrosse there by Peter Worstell…a standout football and lacrosse player there, playing both sports all four years…on the lacrosse field, he was a member of 2012 North Coast Section champions…two-time California Player of the Year (2011 and 2012)…two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-America…2012 USA Under Armour All-America Team...was named All-League four times and was twice named league MVP…finished his career with 197 goals and 127 assists (50g, 25a as a senior; 63g, 42a as a junior; 53g, 41a as a sophomore; 31g, 19a as a freshman)…was the #1 ranked player in the Class of 2012 on the West Coast...played on NCS and league championship teams.Personal:
Full name is Michael Stanton Tagliaferri...nicknamed Tags…the son of John and Carol Tagliaferri…was born September 30, 1993 in Oakland, Calif. …business administration major…his father played professional football for the Miami Dolphins…is the oldest of five siblings (two brothers - Peter and Charlie and two sisters - Lainey and Caroline)…claims to have the biggest appetite on the Carolina team...active in Carolina Leadership Academy and as a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity.Catching Up With Michael TagliaferriSection #1: Lacrosse Related
My favorite thing about wearing Carolina Blue is it’s the best color.
I love competing for this incredible coaching staff because I love the guys.
My most underrated strength about my lacrosse game is my vision.
My best friend on my high school lacrosse team was Kane Franklin and he is now playing at Air Force.
Every high school recruit should dream of becoming a Tar Heel because it’s the best school in the world.Section #2: Your Interests
An ideal Saturday afternoon in the summer is spent on the lake.
My teammate with the best taste in music is Steve Pontrello because he likes a little bit of everything.
My favorite professional sports teams are the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
The best movie I’ve ever seen on a lacrosse bus trip is Gladiator.
The foreign country I would love to visit most is Italy because of its history.Section #3: Food
My favorite tailgate foods are BBQ pork sandwiches and burgers.
My favorite fast food restaurant is In-N-Out because it’s the best.
Sweet, salty or both? Both.
My favorite food made by a relative is Dad’s steak.
My favorite Chapel Hill dining spots are Top of the Hill and 411 west.Section #4: Digging into your Personality
If I possessed the gift of time travel, I would go to the roaring 20s era in New York City.
The person in history I would most want to have dinner with is George Washington.
People would be very surprised to know I like to read.
In a quarter century I would love to be living in California and working at my own business.
The most interesting or fascinating person I’ve met in my time at UNC is Roy Williams because he’s a legend.Michael Tagliaferri’s Career StatisticsYear GP/GS SH SOG G A PTS GB CT
2014 10/3 24 12 7 3 10 4 1
2015 15/0 21 11 5 5 10 23 4Totals 25/3 45 23 12 8 20 27 5Michael Tagliaferri —
3 multi-goal games (2 in 2014, 1 in 2015); 1 in multi-assist game (1 in 2014); 4 multi-point games (3 in 2014, 1 in 2015).Career Highs: Goals:
3 vs. Duke, 3-15-2014; 3 vs. Manhattan, 3-7-2015; Assists:
2 vs. Bucknell, 3-11-2014; Points:
3 vs. Bucknell, 3-11-2014; 3 vs. Duke, 3-15-2014; 3 vs. Manhattan, 3-7-2015; Ground Balls:
3 vs. Richmond, 3-14-2015; 3 vs. Maryland, 3-21-2015; 3 vs. Duke, 3-29-2015; 3 vs. Syracuse, 4-11-2015.