Quarterback of the defense,,,team captain as a junior...had a fantastic fall...big expectations for him...two-time letter winner and starter on close defense...twice named USILA All-America...has started every game on close defense in his first two years as a Tar Heel...named to first-team preseason All-America squad as named by Face-Off Yearbook...named preseason All-ACC in vote by conference’s five head coaches.2015 (Sophomore):
Started all 17 games at close defense for the Tar Heels...had 41 ground balls and led the Tar Heels with 19 caused turnovers...tallied a goal versus Massachusetts...had five ground balls versus High Point and four each against Furman, Richmond, Duke and Colgate...top game for caused turnovers was three against UMass...had two versus Furman, Johns Hopins and Richmond...named a second-team All-America by the USILA...was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player on the 2015 Tar Heel team...had a team-leading 19 caused turnovers...that total was the eighth most in a season in UNC history...named a second-team preseason All-America in 2015 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine...ACC coaches’ preseason all-league selection as a close defenseman...active in Carolina Leadership Academy as a Rising Star...named to All-ACC Academic Men’s Lacrosse Team...named to 2015 ACC Academic Honor Roll.2014 (Freshman):
The only freshman to start in all 15 games for the Tar Heels…won the Jay Gallagher Memorial Award as the most valuable freshman on the 2014 team…named honorable mention All-America by the USILA…earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his work in the Maryland game…held Maryland attackman Matt Rambo pointless in the game…picked up 32 ground balls, including multiple ground balls in eight games…recorded five ground balls in back-to-back games versus Duke and Harvard…caused 10 turnovers, the most of the starting close defensemen…had three caused turnovers against Dartmouth and two against Harvard and Maryland…scored his first career goal against Dartmouth as the final goal of the first half.Prep:
2013 Under Armour All-America selection…an alumnus of Abington High School where he was coached by Randy McNeil…four-year varsity starter on the lacrosse team…two-time high school All-America…member of Philadelphia Under Armour underclassman champions…two-year lacrosse captain at Abington...led Abington to three Suburban One championships…rookie of the year for his high school team in 2010…consistent player all through his high school career…had 140 ground balls as a senior to go with 14 goals and 15 assists…as a junior he scooped up 120 ground balls and had eight goals and five assists…combined his freshman and sophomore years for eight goals, five assists and 220 ground balls…awarded “The Order of the A” for courage, loyalty, athletic ability, scholarship and sportsmanship...in club competition he played for Duke’s Lacrosse Club and Wet Bandits.Personal:
Full name is Austin Nicholas Pifani…son of Joe and Annette Pifani…was born May 17, 1994 in Abington, Pa. ...has a brother, Anthony, age 26…journalism major...has volunteered for Vs Cancer event at UNC.Catching Up With Austin PifaniSection #1: Lacrosse Related
My favorite thing about wearing Carolina Blue is it’s uniqueness.
I love competing for this incredible coaching staff because they are my family.
My most underrated strength about my lacrosse game is my offensive ability.
My best friend on my high school lacrosse team is Matt Rambo and he is now playing at Maryland.
Every high school recruit should dream of becoming a Tar Heel because it’s life changing.Section #2: Your Interests
An ideal Saturday afternoon in the summer is spent down at the beach with my family and friends.
My teammate with the best taste in music is Stephen Kelly because he finds the best remixes.
My favorite professional sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
The best movie I’ve ever seen on a lacrosse bus trip is Super Troopers.
The foreign country I would love to visit most is Italy because I have family there.Section #3: Food
My favorite tailgate food is Al’s Burger Shack’s burgers.
My favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-fil-A because it’s delicious.
Sweet, salty or both? Sweet.
My favorite food made by a relative is Aunt Stacey’s rice crispy chicken.
My favorite Chapel Hill dining spot is Lucha Tigre.Section #4: Digging into your Personality
If I possessed the gift of time travel, I would go to my 21st birthday in Annapolis, Maryland against Maryland on May 17, 2015.
The person in history I would most want to have dinner with is Dick Butkus.
People would be very surprised to know I love sky diving.
In a quarter century I would love to be living in Philadelphia and working at a business I own.
The most interesting or fascinating person I’ve met in my time at UNC is Dr. Hedgepeth because he is so intelligent and witty.Austin Pifani’s Career StatisticsYear GP/GS SH SOG G A PTS GB CT
2014 15/15 3 3 1 0 1 32 10
2015 17/17 4 2 1 0 1 41 19Totals 32/32 7 5 2 0 2 73 29Career Highs: Ground Balls:
5 vs. Duke, 3-15-2014; 5 vs. Harvard, 3-18-2014; 5 vs. High Point, 2-10-2105; Caused Turnovers:
3 vs. Dartmouth, 2-22-2014; 3 vs. Massachusetts, 2-14-2015.