UNC Men's Lacrosse Bio
7 Mark Rizzo
Rizzo Rizzo 840660

General:  Two-time captain...has battled through injuries most of his career...a great leader off the field...has a gift for leading the younger players on the team...has improved greatly during his time at UNC...a key player in long-stick middie rotation...very good on ground balls...excellent in transition...is always a threat to score...took a redshirt year in 2013.
2016 (Redshirt Junior):  Saw action in nine games...had two ground balls and one caused turnover...2016 team captain on national championship squad...shared the team’s Dan Andrews Leadership and Community Service Award with 2016 senior defenseman Zach Powers...was named to ACC Academic Honor Roll for fourth straight year...recognized as a Tar Heel Leader of Distinction in the Carolina Leadership Academy.
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore):  Played in 14 games, primarily on the man-down unit...a member of the Leadership Lab program in the Carolina Leadership Academy...named to ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman):  Appeared against Furman...named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the second time…member of Rising Stars program in Carolina Leadership Academy.
2013 (Freshman):  Named to 2013 ACC Academic Honor Roll…spring 2013 Dean’s List selection.
Prep:  Graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 2012...was coached there by Chris Passuelo…played lacrosse four years as a long-stick midfielder, defenseman and midfielder…finished his lacrosse career with 28 goals, 29 assists and 267 ground balls…as a senior, he had eight goals, 15 assists, 83 ground balls and he caused 24 turnovers…his junior season, he scored 11 goals and had 12 assists while scooping up 107 ground balls…in his first two year combineds as a varsity player he scored nine goals and had two assists while scooping up 76 ground balls…was a two-time lacrosse team captain…an adidas All-America All-Star selection…named one of the top 25 senior long-stick midfielders by ESPN Rise...All-America finalist…was three-time All-Nassau County selection, a three-time Academic All-County honoree and participated in the US Lacrosse Champion All-America Showcase…earned the Robert Hufschmidt Scholarship Award…was a member of National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and Youth Leadership Forum.
Personal:  Mark James Rizzo is the son of Raymond and Kelly Rizzo…was born March 8, 1994 in Oceanside, N.Y. …business administration major…his brother, Matt, 25, played club lacrosse at the University of Michigan in 2010 when they were MCLA National Champions...also has a younger brother. Jeff, 19.

Catching Up With Mark Rizzo
Section #1: Lacrosse Related
My favorite thing about wearing Carolina Blue is the tradition.
I love competing for this incredible coaching staff because of their passion for the game.
My most underrated strength about my lacrosse game is my off-ball play.
My best friend on my high school lacrosse team was Zach Richman and he is now playing at Tufts University.
Every high school recruit should dream of becoming a Tar Heel because there is no better place to be.
Section #2: Your Interests
An ideal Saturday afternoon in the summer is spent on a boat.
My teammate with the best taste in music is Patty Mac.
My favorite professional sports team is the Dallas Cowboys.
The best movie I’ve ever seen on a lacrosse bus trip is Wedding Crashers.
The foreign country I would love to visit most is the Maldives.
Section #3: Food
My favorite tailgate foods are burgers and dogs.
My favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-fil-A.
Sweet, salty or both? Both.
My favorite food made by a relative is Nanny’s Tortellini Soup.
My favorite Chapel Hill dining spot is Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe.
Section #4: Digging into your Personality
If I possessed the gift of time travel, I would go to the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece.
The person in history I would most want to have dinner with is Francis Eugene Northern when he was 22 years old.
People would be very surprised to know I am 1/16th Cherokee.
In a quarter century I would love to be living in California and working at Nike.
The most interesting or fascinating person I’ve met in my time at UNC is Trey Wingo.

Mark Rizzo’s Career Statistics
Year    GP/GS    SH    G    A    PTS    GB    CT
2014    1/0    0    0    0    0    0    0
2015    14/0    4    0    0    0    0    0
2016    9/0    1    0    0    0    2    1
Totals    24/0    5    0    0    0    2    1

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Hewlett, N.Y.
High School: George W. Hewlett
Major: Business Administration
Experience: 3 Letters
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