2013 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA MEN'S LACROSSE GAME NOTES
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Semifinals
#6 Duke (11-4) at #3 North Carolina (10-3)
Friday, April 26, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C.
TV Coverage: ESPNU/ESPN3
Announcers: Mike Corey (Play by Play), Matt Ward (Analyst)
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TAR HEELS PLAY HOST TO ACC TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND AT KENAN STADIUM: The University of North Carolina will play host to the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship this weekend at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Carolina will open tournament play against Duke in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU.
ACC TOURNAMENT DETAILS: The 2013 ACC Tournament will be conducted Friday, April 26 and Sunday, April 28 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. This will mark the sixth time in the history of the tournament that UNC has served as the host school. UNC served as host at Kenan Stadium for the inaugural tournament in 1989 as well as in 2009. The Tar Heels hosted at Fetzer Field in 1995, 1999 and 2004.
Three of the top six teams in this week's Nike Inside Lacrosse media poll will be in this weekend's field. Top-seeded Maryland (9-2, ACC 2-1), which is ranked second, will meet fourth-seeded Virginia (6-7, ACC 0-3) in Friday's first semifinal game at 5 p.m. Second-seeded North Carolina (10-3, ACC 2-1), which is ranked third, will go up against third-seeded Duke (11-4, ACC 2-1), which is ranked sixth, in the second semifinal game at 7:30 p.m.
The championship game will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.
UNC is also hosting the 2013 ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament this weekend at Fetzer Field. There are two first round games on Thursday at 1 and 3 p.m., two semifinal games on Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. and the championship game on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available online in advance at the GoHeels.com Ticket Center. All session passes, which are good for all three men's lacrosse games and all five women's games this weekend, can be purchased for $20. Single session tickets (there are five total sessions) are $10 per person. All seating is general admission.
The game-day Ticket Office at Kenan Stadium is located at Gate 3. Seating will be limited to the North Side of Kenan Stadium. Public parking will be available in the Ramshead Parking Deck, the Bell Tower Parking Deck, on Stadium Drive and in the Bowles Lot adjacent to the Dean E. Smith Center.
TV INFORMATION THIS WEEKEND: All three games in this weekend's ACC Men's Lacrosse Tournament will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The games will also be simulcast on ESPN3 and available on mobile applications on WatchESPN.
Mike Corey will serve as the play by play announcer for this weekend's game while 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy recipient Matt Ward will be the color analyst.
Fans can watch the Duke-North Carolina game on Friday on their laptops and computers on ESPN3.
CAROLINA IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT: North Carolina has an all-time record of 17-17 in ACC Tournament games dating to the initial conference tournament in 1989. Carolina has won the conference tournament seven times but not since 1996. The Tar Heels' championships came in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
Between 1997 and 2008, the Tar Heels lost 12 successive ACC Tournament semifinal games.
In Coach Joe Breschi's four years as head coach (2009-12), Carolina is 2-4 in ACC Tournament games. Breschi's Tar Heels beat Maryland 16-10 in the 2009 semifinals at Kenan Stadium before falling to Duke 15-13 in the championship game. UNC lost semifinal games to Maryland in both 2010 and 2011. Last year in Charlottesville, Carolina defeated Virginia 11-9 in the semifinals before falling to Duke 12-9 in the championship contest.
CAROLINA'S PROBABLE STARTERS: North Carolina's depth chart for the Duke game on Friday will look something like the following (subject to change).
Goalkeeper: Kieran Burke, Fr. (.565svpct, 9.37 gaa, 41gbs, 9-3 record)
Short-Stick Defensive Midfield: Ryan Creighton, Jr. (8g, 2a, 10pts, 19gbs); Greg McBride, Jr. (6a, 6pts, 12gbs); Jake Matthai, Fr. (4g, 1a, 5pts, 10gbs); Mark McNeill, Jr. (11gbs); William Scroggs, Sr. (5gbs)
Reserve Attack: Patrick Kelly, Fr. (5g)
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE TAR HEELS: Fifth-ranked North Carolina built a 16-1 lead and never looked back as the Tar Heels defeated High Point 20-8 April 20 at Fetzer Field in men's lacrosse action before a crowd of 1,942 fans.
Fifteen different Tar Heels scored goals in the game as Carolina improved to 10-3 on the season with its seventh successive win. The seven-game winning streak is the second longest for UNC since 1993, topped only by a 10-game winning streak to begin the 2010 campaign. First-year program High Point dropped to 3-11 on the campaign despite playing the Tar Heels even in the second half on the scoreboard.
Eight Tar Heels played their final regular-season home games at Fetzer Field - midfielder Sean Taylor, attackman Stevie Kirkup, midfielder Davey Emala, defenseman Kieran McDonald, attackman Stephen Burns, goalkeeper Steven Rastivo, midfielder William Scroggs and attackman Marcus Holman.
THIS WEEK'S RANKINGS: Duke is ranked sixth this week in the Nike Inside Lacrosse media poll and fifth in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll. North Carolina is ranked third this week in the Nike Inside Lacrosse media poll and first in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll.
The last time the Tar Heels were ranked #1 in the nation in any week in either poll was May 10, 1993 when they earned the top spot in the USILA coaches' poll.
CAROLINA LOOKS FOR FIRST WIN OVER DUKE SINCE 2010: North Carolina and Duke will be meeting for the 69th time on the lacrosse field when they meet up Friday night at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels leads the all-time series 38-30.
That number does not tell the story of the recent nature of the series. Duke has won five in a row over the Tar Heels and 16 of the last 17 meetings between the two teams dating back to 2005.
Carolina had a decided upper hand in the series from 1964 to 1995. Since then, however, Duke has gone 25-6 against the Tar Heels.
Carolina's last win over Duke came in a 2010 regular-season meeting at Duke when Thomas Wood scored five goals and Billy Bitter tallied four goals in a 13-7 win over the Blue Devils. Earlier this season, Duke defeated Carolina 11-8 at Fetzer Field. The Blue Devils built a four-goal halftime cushion in that game. Carolina twice pulled within a single goal in the second half but Duke scored two late goals to pull away from the Heels.
Carolina's last win over the Blue Devils within the Chapel Hill city limits came on March 19, 2003 when UNC triumphed 14-9. To put that in historical perspective, that was the same night that the U.S. invaded Iraq at the start of the second U.S.-Iraq War.
UNC is 4-8 all-time against Duke in ACC Tournament games.
SECOND-LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN 20 YEARS: North Carolina has won seven successive games heading into Friday's ACC Tournament semifinal game against Duke. That is the second longest winning streak for UNC since 1993.
UNC won nine straight games to open the 1993 season en route to a 14-2 record and an NCAA runner-up finish (the last time UNC made the Final Four). The longest winning streak since that time came in 2010 when the Tar Heels opened the season with 10 straight wins en route to a final record of 13-3 and an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance.
THE UPDATED HOLMAN NUMBERS: Marcus Holman's three points versus High Point last Saturday now gives him 196 for his career. Over the past two games, Holman has moved into second place in all-time scoring at Carolina. Holman needs eight more points to equal Bruce Ledwith (1970-73) on the career points chart. Ledwith holds the current school record with 204 career points.
Holman's two goals versus High Point give him 116 career goals and place him in second place on the all-time Carolina goals list. Only Bert Fett (1972-75) has scored more goals in Carolina history with 128.
Holman's single assist against High Point give him 80 for his career, the fifth highest UNC total. The only Tar Heels with more career assists are Bruce Ledwith (1970-73) with 119, Michael Burnett (1980-83) with 106, Brendan Carey (1993-96) with 83 and Dennis Goldstein (1987-91) with 82.
Holman's 116 career goals rank ninth amongst active NCAA Division I players. His 80 career assists are the eighth most of any current Division I player. His 196 career points are fourth amongst all active players in NCAA Division I.
HOLMAN REPEATS ON ALL-ACC TEAM: Marcus Holman and Joey Sankey were named April 24 to the 2013 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team. Holman was named to the team for the second straight year while it is the first selection for Sankey. Holman was the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2010.
BURKE'S SOLID FRESHMAN SEASON: Kieran Burke has started all 13 games for the Tar Heels this season in the goal. He had the best game of his freshman year against Virginia on April 6, going all the way in goal, making 23 saves, his career high, while allowing seven goals.
In the past seven games, all wins since an 11-8 loss to Duke on March 13, he has made 92 saves while allowing 55 goals (.626). His improvement in that stretch has been a key part of the Heels stringing seven successive wins together. He is the first true freshman to start for the Tar Heels from the opening game of a season since Paul Spellman in 2002.
HOLMAN'S SEASON NUMBERS: Marcus Holman's 63 points this season equal the sixth most in a season in UNC history. He had the third highest total in a season last year with 74. Bruce Ledwith holds the school record with 81 points in 1973.
Holman's 31 assists this season equal the sixth most in a single campaign by a Tar Heel. The school record is 47 by Bruce Ledwith in 1973.
SOPHOMORE DUO CLIMBING CAREER GOAL & POINT CHARTS: Joey Sankey now has 54 career goals and Jimmy Bitter has recorded 51 career tallies. With two goals against Virginia on April 6, Sankey became the 50th player in UNC history to hit the 50-goal plateau. Bitter will become the 51st Tar Heel player to score 50 goals in his career when he scored two goals against High Point, giving him 51 in his career. Sankey is tied for 43rd place in career goal scoring at Carolina while Bitter ranks 50th. Sankey goes into the Duke game with 87 career points, placing him in a tie with Mike Acee (1989-93) for 44th place on the all-time UNC scoring chart. Bitter now has 82 career points and is in a tie for 51st place with Neill Redfern (1988-89) in career scoring at Carolina.
HOLMAN BREAKS UNC CONSECUTIVE GAME SCORING RECORD: Senior attackman Marcus Holman broke the school record for most consecutive game scoring a goal when he tallied twice against High Point on April 20. That ran his scoring streak to 28 successive games dating back to a game against Detroit on February 18, 2012. The previous school record was 27 consecutive matches set by Mac Ford from May 21, 1983 through May 19, 1985. His goal-scoring streak is tied for the third longest amongst active NCAA Division I players with Mike Crampton of Air Force. The only longer scoring streaks are 32 games by Cornell's Rob Pannell and 29 games by Colgate's Ryan Walsh.
Holman has also recorded at least one point in 28 successive games. His streak started on February 12, 2012. During the past 28 games he has tallied 68 goals and added 65 assists for 133 points. His 26-game point streak equals the 10th longest run amongst current NCAA Division I players. The Tar Heel record for consecutive games with a point is 45 by Michael Burnett in the early 1980s. Holman has scored a goal in each of the past 28 games and he has recorded at least one assist in 25 of the past 28 games.
Jimmy Bitter has recorded at least one point in 23 successive games dating back to March 16, 2012. He has scored at least one goal in 21 of the past 23 games.
Joey Sankey has gone 17 successive games with at least one point, a streak dating back to April 20, 2012. During that scoring run, he has recorded goals in 16 of the past 17 games. Sankey has scored a goal in 13 successive games, a streak which started on February 8, 2013. During that scoring streak he has totaled 32 goals. His 13-game streak is tied for the 10th longest active streak in the country along with one belonging to Shayne Adams of Detroit.
Over the last 24 matches dating back to the middle of the 2012 campaign, midfielder Chad Tutton has recorded at least one goal in 23 matches. The only time he was shut out in that streak was at Notre Dame on March 2 of this season.
UNC's CAREER HAT TRICKS: Marcus Holman leads all Tar Heels with 16 career hat tricks, the most recent in at win at Hofstra on April 13. Other Tar Heels with multiple career hat tricks include Davey Emala with 12, Joey Sankey with eight, Jimmy Bitter with six, Chad Tutton with five and Pat Foster with two.
Holman's 16 hat tricks equal the 17th most amongst active NCAA Division I players. Emala's 12 hat tricks match the 29th most amongst active players.
KEENAN'S UPDATED FACEOFF NUMBERS: R.G. Keenan has now won 545 face-offs in his career heading into the game against Duke. That is the second most face-off wins in UNC history. Shane Walterhoefer (2006-09) is the UNC career leader with 723 face-off victories. The 545 face-off wins are fifth amongst all active NCAA Division I players.
Keenan has 296 career ground balls, the sixth most in UNC history. He ranks third amongst active NCAA Division I players in career ground balls and is fourth in ground balls per game (6.43) amongst active players.
CAROLINA IN ONE-GOAL GAMES: Five of Carolina's first 13 games of the season have been decided by a single goal with UNC going 3-2 in those games. The most recent one-goal decision came against Johns Hopkins on March 30 when the Tar Heels won in overtime, 11-10. Prior to the game against Duke on March 13 (an 11-8 loss), Carolina played four successive games decided by a single goal with a loss to Massachusetts 12-11, a win over Fairfield 10-9, a triple overtime loss to Notre Dame 10-9 and the 16-15 win over Princeton. The last time that the Tar Heels had played four straight games decided by a single goal came in 2009 when during a mid-season streak Carolina lost to Maryland 8-7, beat Johns Hopkins 10-9 in overtime, lost to Virginia 11-10 and beat Ohio State 12-11. In 1996, Carolina played a string of five successive games decided by a single goal during a mid-season stretch. During that particular stretch, UNC lost to Duke 11-10, beat Maryland 17-16, lost to Johns Hopkins 9-8, beat Virginia 19-18 and beat Notre Dame 11-10.
ANOTHER DOUBLE DIGIT WIN SEASON UNDER COACH BRESCHI: Despite playing against one of the nation's toughest schedules, the Tar Heels have reached a double digit win total for the fifth successive year under the tutelage of head coach Joe Breschi, who was hired in June 2008. The Tar Heels head into the Duke game Friday with a 10-3 mark. Breschi is the first head coach in UNC history to post double digit win totals in each of his first five years mentoring the Tar Heels. Other than Breschi, Dave Klarmann (1991-94) is the only other coach to win 10 or more games in each of his first four seasons. Under Breschi's leadership, UNC went 12-6 in 2009, 13-3 in 2010,10-6 in 2011, 11-6 in 2012 and 10-3 so far in 2013. Prior to 2009-13, the last time Carolina patched together five successive seasons with 10 or more wins was 1989-94 when the Tar Heels had at least double digits in wins six years in a row. Contrast the current success with the fact over a 12-year span from 1997-2008, Carolina got to the 10-win plateau only twice, going 10-5 in 2004 and 10-6 in 2007.
UNC VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS UNDER COACH BRESCHI: North Carolina has played nationally-ranked opponents 51 times in Joe Breschi's five-year coaching tenure. UNC is 30-21 in those games. Conversely, the Tar Heels are 26-3 against unranked opponents in his five seasons. Breschi is 56-24 overall at Carolina in his five seasons as head coach. During Breschi's tenure, UNC's only losses to unranked teams came to Ohio State in 2011 and to Lehigh and Pennsylvania in 2012.
CAROLINA IN ONE-GOAL DECISIONS: Prior to Joe Breschi taking over as head coach in 2009, UNC went 1-7 in games decided by one goal from midway through the 2004 season through the end of the 2008 campaign. Carolina has improved tremendously in one-goal games since Breschi arrived for the 2009 season. UNC is 13-9 in games decided by one goal over the past five years. On March 30, Carolina defeated Johns Hopkins 11-10 in overtime. It was UNC's first overtime win in almost two years. Prior to beating Hopkins, Carolina's last overtime win came against Notre Dame 9-8 on May 6, 2011.
A YOUTHFUL STARTING LINEUP: During the first 13 games of the season, the Tar Heels have relied on a youthful set of players to compete against a host of nationally-ranked opponents. Particularly on the defensive end, the Tar Heels are playing a lot of young players.
Carolina's starting lineup over the second half of the season has included three seniors (Marcus Holman, Davey Emala, Kieran McDonald), one junior (Jordan Smith), three sophomores (Jimmy Bitter, Joey Sankey, Chad Tutton) and three freshmen (Steve Pontrello, Evan Connell, Kieran Burke).
The Tar Heels have been playing anywhere between 25 and 30 players on average in a game. The depth chart over the past several games has included four seniors, eight juniors, seven sophomores and seven freshmen.
Carolina has one of the youngest rosters in the nation with 57.8 percent of the team composed of freshmen and sophomores, including 33.3 percent of the squad size consisting of freshmen.
THE TAR HEELS VERSUS NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS IN 2013: Ten of Carolina's first 13 games this season have come against Top 20 teams in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. Carolina will continue that trend when its meets #6 Duke (Nike Inside Lacrosse media poll) on Friday night in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
TAR HEELS EARN BIG ROAD WIN AT HOFSTRA: Sixth-ranked North Carolina scored the last 11 goals of the game, including a 10-0 margin in the second half, to defeat Hofstra 14-5 on April 13 in front of a season-high Hofstra home crowd of 5,345 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium. Senior attackman Marcus Holman had three goals and four assists in the game to move into second place all-time in both career goals and career points at UNC as Carolina won for the sixth straight time, improving to 9-3 on the campaign. The Tar Heels have not lost since falling to Duke 11-8 at Fetzer Field on March 13. The Pride fell to 7-5 on the season as Carolina has now won the last four games in the series against Hofstra after the Pride had won six of the first seven meetings between the two teams. Carolina trailed twice by two goals in the first half but held the Pride scoreless for the last 34:38 of the game as freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke continued his hot play in the cage. Burke finished with 12 saves while allowing five goals, a 70.5 save percentage. Carolina held the Pride without a goal for the final 34:48 of the contest. That is the longest scoreless streak for a UNC opponent since the Tar Heels held Bellarmine without a goal for the final 48:26 of a 15-2 Tar Heel win at Fetzer Field on February 16, 2008.
BURKE EARNS THIRD ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: North Carolina freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week on April 16 after Carolina's win at Hofstra. Burke saved over 70 percent of the shots against him for the second straight game to lead North Carolina to a 14-5 win at No. 20 Hofstra. After the Pride scored with 4:38 left in the first to go up 5-3, Burke made saves on the next eight shots on goal as the Tar Heels ran off 11 straight scores to pull away for the win. A freshman from Fort Salonga, N.Y., Burke also tied his career high for ground balls in a game with seven. The Tar Heel defense, keyed by Burke, held Hofstra scoreless for the final 34:48, the longest defensive stand for North Carolina since 2008. It is the third ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor for Burke, who has won all three in the past four weeks.
CAROLINA GETS FIRST REGULAR SEASON WIN OVER VIRGINIA IN NINE YEARS: Carolina finished the ACC regular season with a 2-1 record after a 10-7 victory at 18th-ranked Virginia April 6 at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke led the Tar Heels to the victory as he made a career high 23 saves and allowed only seven goals while facing 51 shots from the Wahoos. Burke's save total was the most by an ACC goalie in eight years and the most by a UNC goalkeeper in 10 years.
The game marked the first regular-season win for Carolina over Virginia in nine seasons and its first regular-season victory at Klockner Stadium since 2001. UNC had beaten the Wahoos in Klockner in last year's ACC Tournament semifinals.
The three-goal margin of victory was the largest for UNC in its series against UVA since the Tar Heels beat the Wahoos 15-7 in the 1994 ACC Tournament championship game at Klockner Stadium.
UNC SWEEPS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS AFTER WIN OVER UVA: North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman and freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced April 9 by the conference.
Holman had six points, his fifth game this year with five or more points, on three goals and three assists in North Carolina's 10-7 road victory at Virginia, Carolina's first regular-season win over the Cavaliers in nine years. Holman had his hat trick by halftime, the 15th of his career, and was involved in four of the Tar Heels' six first-half goals. He then added two assists on goals in the second half, including one on Joey Sankey's game-clinching goal with 1:42 to play.
The three goals for the native of Baltimore, Md., gave him 111 for his career, tying him for third place on North Carolina's career list. He now has 186 points, sixth most in Tar Heel history, and 75 assists, ninth most. This is his second weekly award of the season and fourth of his career.
Burke tallied 23 saves and allowed only seven goals in the victory at Virginia. The 23 stops are the fourth highest total in NCAA Division I this year, and are nine more than his previous career high of 15 set twice this season. The performance is the best by an ACC goalkeeper since 2005, when Maryland's Harry Alford registered 25 against Georgetown, and the most by a Tar Heel since Paul Spellman had 25 in 2003 against Maryland.
The native of Fort Salonga, N.Y., was the difference in the game as Virginia outshot North Carolina, 51-32, held a 41-21 advantage in ground balls, and won 15-of-20 face-offs. Burke saved 14 of the 17 shots on goal in the second half to earn his second ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolade.
TAR HEELS WIN THRILLER VERSUS HOPKINS: Carolina has been building momentum the second half of this season off a scintillating 11-10 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins on March 30 in Kenan Stadium. It was UNC's first game at Kenan Stadium in four years and, ironically, the hero in the game was named Keenan himself (just one more "e" in the last name for the record). Junior R.G. Keenan won the overtime face-off and scored six seconds later to give the Heels their overtime triumph before a crowd of 5,922 fans. It was Carolina's first overtime win in almost two years. Marcus Holman had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) to lead the Tar Heels while Davey Emala recorded his second straight hat trick in the win over the Blue Jays. Joey Sankey had a pair of goals for UNC while Chad Tutton had a goal and two assists. Defenseman Ryan Kilpatrick assisted on both Marcus Holman goals in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke made 14 saves in the match while allowing 10 goals in the UNC victory.
EMALA SHARES ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD AFTER WIN OVER THE HOP: North Carolina senior midfielder Davey Emala and Maryland sophomore attackman Jay Carlson were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Week as announced April 2 by the conference.
Davey Emala scored three goals on just three shots in North Carolina's 11-10 overtime win over No. 10 Johns Hopkins. After scoring the opening goal of the game, Emala added a second score with 3:54 left in the first quarter to give the Tar Heels their largest lead of the game at 4-1. The native of Baltimore, Md., scored the game-tying goal for North Carolina with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime where the Tar Heels won on a goal six seconds into the extra period by R.G. Keenan. It is the second career weekly award for Emala and his first since Februrary 14, 2012. Emala also scored three goals in a midweek victory over Brown on March 27. For the week, Emala scored six goals on seven shots in the wins over the Bears and Blue Jays.
CAROLINA EXCELS IN NATIONALLY-TELEVISED WIN OVER BROWN: R.G. Keenan had a stellar game at the X and UNC's attack continued its potent performance as seventh-ranked North Carolina beat 20th-ranked Brown 18-12 on March 27 before 1,145 fans at Fetzer Field an a national TV audience on ESPNU. Joey Sankey scored four goals for the third straight game, Jimmy Bitter had a six-point night and Marcus Holman had eight points, including six assists, matching his career high in the latter statistical category. Davey Emala also had a hat trick in the game, his second of the season, after also scoring thrice in the win over Princeton. Against Brown, face-off man R.G. Keenan was a key factor in the game for Carolina as he helped keep the ball away from the potent Bears' offense. He won 19 of 31 face-offs, had 11 ground balls and also assisted on two goals. He was one short of his career highs in both face-off victories (20 versus Princeton earlier this season) and ground balls (12 versus both Navy and UMBC in 2011) and matched his career best for assists and points in a contest. Close defenseman Kieran McDonald finished the Brown game with six ground balls and four caused turnovers as well as his first career goal. The four caused turnovers matched his career high in a game and he was one short of his career high in ground balls (7 vs. Fairfield on February 23).
ATTACK LOOMS LARGE AGAINST BEARS: Carolina's starting attack unit combined for 19 points against Brown on March 27 with Marcus Holman scoring two goals and passing for six assists, Jimmy Bitter scoring three goals and adding three assists and Joey Sankey scoring four goals and adding an assist. Holman's six assists equaled his career high he set against Air Force in the season opener of 2013 and his eight points were two short of his personal best set last year against Michigan. Bitter matched his career high of three assists in a game for the fourth time this year and he was one short of his career high for points (7 versus Hofstra last season). Sankey scored four goals for the third straight game as he set and then twice matched his career high in a nine-day stretch. Davey Emala had a hat trick, the 11th of his career, as he matched his season high goal total after scoring thrice against Princeton on March 9. Sankey's hat trick was the eighth of his career and Bitter now has six career hat tricks.
THE TAR HEELS VERSUS THE IVY LEAGUE IN 2013: Carolina finished the 2013 regular-season 3-0 against the Ivy League. In the month of March, Carolina defeated Princeton 16-15, Dartmouth 13-5 and Brown 18-12.
30 GOALS IN A GAME FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR: The 30 combined goals in the March 27 game versus Brown fell just one short of the combined total of 31 in Carolina's 16-15 win over Princeton on March 9. The 18 goals were also a season high total for the Tar Heels and the most since beating Michigan 19-5 on May 5, 2012.
ATTACK UNIT & BURKE POWER UNC PAST TERPS: Freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke made 15 saves, Joey Sankey rang up a four-goal game and Jimmy Bitter chipped in with a five-point effort as #14 North Carolina defeated #1 Maryland 10-8 on March 26 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
The Tar Heels bolted to a 9-3 lead in the game midway through the third quarter before weathering a late run by the Terrapins, who scored five of the last six goals of the game. But Burke repeatedly came up big in the cage for Carolina, matching his then career high for saves, set previously against Notre Dame on March 2. With the Tar Heels holding a four-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter, Burke was at his best. The Terps outshot Carolina 15-4 in the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels struggled to hold on to the ball, committing seven turnovers in the fourth period. But Burke made six fourth-quarter saves and the Tar Heels earned a much-needed win while evening their league record.
Bitter and Sankey led the Tar Heels with five and four-point games, respectively. Bitter scored twice and passed for three assists while Marcus Holman had two goals and a helper. For the second straight game, Sankey scored four goals, matching his career high set the previous Monday versus Dartmouth. It was the seventh career hat trick for Sankey. It marked the fourth time in his career that Bitter had passed for a career-high three assists. Three of those four games have come this season, against Notre Dame, Princeton and Maryland.
LONGEST DEFENSIVE STAND IN FIVE SEASONS: Over a stretch from the first to the third quarters of the win over Maryland, Carolina held the Terps scoreless for a span of 33 minutes and 16 seconds, the longest stretch of the Joe Breschi coaching era. The last time the Tar Heels had held a team scoreless for that long a period was March 18, 2008 when Carolina held Marist scoreless for the final 34:04 of a 12-3 win at Fetzer Field. Carolina's defensive stand against Hofstra of 34:38 on April 13 exceeded the scoreless minutes streak from the Maryland game.
WINS OVER NUMBER ONE: North Carolina's 10-8 win at top-ranked Maryland March 23 resulted in a piece of history for the Tar Heel historical archives. It marked the first time in school history that Carolina had beaten teams ranked #1 in the nation in back-to-back seasons.
Prior to whipping the Terrapins, the Tar Heels' last win against a No. 1 team came on April 1, 2012 when Carolina defeated top-ranked Johns Hopkins 13-9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in the Big City Classic.
That win over Johns Hopkins had been an accomplishment in itself as prior to that win over the Blue Jays, Carolina had gone 16 years without beating a #1 team. On that occasion, Carolina outlasted top-ranked Virginia 19-18 on April 6, 1996 at Fetzer Field.
SANKEY & BURKE NOTCH ACC PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS: North Carolina sophomore attackman Joey Sankey and freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced March 26 by the conference.
Sankey had a pair of career games as he led North Carolina to a victory over Dartmouth, 13-5, and over No. 1 Maryland, 10-8. He scored four goals in each game on only 12 total shots in the two games combined. The two four-goal performances set and then matched his career high. The native of Warminster, Pa., improved his total to seven career hat tricks. His seven points against Dartmouth were also a career high for a game as he added assists on three goals, contributing on seven of North Carolina's 13 tallies versus the Big Green. It was Sankey's second ACC weekly honor of the season and also of his career. Sankey was also named as the National Player of the Week by the Baltimore Sun.
Burke had two of the best games of his eight-game career as he led North Carolina in the wins over Dartmouth and No. 1 Maryland. In the victory over Dartmouth, he made 10 saves and allowed only five goals in 56-plus minutes. His .667 save percentage in the game was the best of his freshman campaign to date. The native of Fort Salonga, N.Y., then followed that by making 15 saves and allowing only eight goals in a win over Maryland, the first loss of the season for the Terrapins. He faced 37 shots in the game, improving his record to 4-3 and matching his career high for saves set earlier this year against Notre Dame. It is the first weekly award for Burke.
SANKEY & HOLMAN LEAD HEELS PAST DARTMOUTH: Marcus Holman scored his 100th career goal and Joey Sankey had career highs for goals in a game and points in a game as the Tar Heels beat Dartmouth 13-5 on March 18.
Holman became only the ninth Tar Heel in history to score 100 goals when he tallied an unassisted goal with 35 seconds left to play in the second quarter, giving the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead at intermission. Prior to the next face-off the officials took that ball out of play to give Holman a well-earned keepsake. His four goals on the day gave him 102 for his career, at that point tying him with Jeff Sonke (1998-2001) and Mike McCall (2002-05) for sixth place on Carolina's career goal scoring list. Holman's four goals earned him another hat trick, giving him 14 career hat tricks.
Joey Sankey's four goals were a new career high and his sixth career hat trick. He had scored three goals in a match on five previous occasions (versus Mercer, Lehigh, Duke and Maryland in 2012 and versus Air Force in 2013). His three assists were one short of his career high set against Princeton on March 9. His seven points broke his previous career high of six (vs. Mercer and Duke last season and Princeton this year).
FIRST CAREER GOALS VERSUS THE BIG GREEN: A pair of North Carolina players tallied the first goals of their careers in the Tar Heels' 13-5 win over Dartmouth on March 18. Senior defensive midfielder William Scroggs scored in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a fast break to notch his initial tally. Later in the fourth quarter, freshman attackman Patrick Kelly scored an unassisted goal, earning the first marker of his career.
GOOD ON THE DEFENSIVE END: Carolina allowed only five goals in its 13-5 win over Dartmouth March 18. That was the fewest goals given up by UNC since a 19-5 win over Michigan on May 5, 2012. The last time Carolina had allowed fewer than five goals was February 13, 2010 when the Tar Heels beat Bryant 5-4 in Chapel Hill.
Goalkeeper Kieran Burke had 10 saves in the win over the Big Green while allowing five goals. His .667 save percentage was the best of his seven-game career at that time
In Carolina's 10-8 win over Maryland, the Tar Heels gave up their fewest goals in a winning effort against an ACC team since March 26, 2011 when Carolina won 11-6 at Maryland. Burke matched his career high for saves in a game with 15 versus the Terps.
GIVING UP 15 AND WINNING: Princeton's high-powered offense was all the Tar Heels could handle as the Tigers proved their mettle on the offensive end of the field in Carolina's 16-15 win over the Tigers on March 9. But the Tar Heels battled back to score one more time than Princeton to come out with the victory. The 15 goals were the most conceded by Carolina in a victorious situation since UNC beat top-ranked Virginia 19-18 at Fetzer Field on April 6, 1996.
OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS VERSUS PRINCETON: Carolina had nine different goal scorers in the win over Princeton March 9 with Jimmy Bitter, Chad Tutton and Davey Emala each scoring three goals. Bitter also had three assists in the game, giving him six points in the match, just one short of his career high set against Hofstra on April 14, 2012. Joey Sankey finished with six points, as well, on two goals and four assists. Sankey's six points matched his career high in a game, a total he eclipsed in the win over Dartmouth on March 18. Sankey's four assists were a career high for the sophomore attackman. On six different occasions as a freshman, he had recorded three assists in a game. Emala's three goals were the most he had scored since tallying four in the opening game of his junior season against Penn State on February 11, 2012. Tutton also matched his career high for goals in a game. He also had three against Mercer, Virginia and Duke last season.
KEENAN'S CAREER DAY: Another key in the win over Princeton was R.G. Keenan's work at the face-off X for Carolina. Facing four different Princeton face-off men, Keenan won 20 of his 34 attempts and had a game-high eight ground balls. The 20 face-off victories were a career high for Keenan, who took every draw in the game for Carolina. His previous best total was 19 face-off victories against Penn State on February 11, 2012. It marked only the sixth time in UNC history that a Tar Heel player has won 20 or more face-offs in a match. Shane Walterhoefer did it four times, including a school record 23 wins against Ohio State in 2008 while Todd Oudemool was the long-time record holder with 22 wins against Towson in 1989. Keenan has won 15 or more face-offs in a game 12 times in his career.
SANKEY SHARES ACC PLAYER OF WEEK NOD: North Carolina sophomore attackman Joey Sankey shared Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week honors on March 12, 2013. Sankey had a career-high four assists and matched his career high with six points in Carolina's 16-15 upset win over No. 5 Princeton on March 9. His previous career high for assists was three, and his six points matched a career high he achieved twice in his freshman year. He also led all-non Tar Heel faceoff men with five ground balls in the contest. The native of Warminster, Pa., has tallied multiple goals in six of seven games played this season.
CAREER GOAL HIGHS VERSUS AIR FORCE: Three Tar Heel players either set or matched their career highs for goals in a game when Carolina beat Air Force 16-8 in the opening game of the season on February 8. Sophomore Jimmy Bitter scored five goals against the Falcons, breaking his previous career high of four goals against Hofstra on April 12, 2012. Junior Ryan Creighton tallied three goals in the win over Air Force. He had scored two goals in a game on four prior occasions. Sophomore Joey Sankey had a hat trick against the Falcons, equaling his career high. He also had four hat tricks in his freshman year in 2012.
ASSISTS IN A GAME: When Marcus Holman recorded six assists in Carolina's season-opening victory versus Air Force on February 8, it marked the most assists in a game by a Tar Heel player in 16 years. The last time a UNC player had as many as six assists in a game was April 12, 1997 when Spencer Deering recorded six assists against Delaware. Holman equaled that six-assist total against Brown on March 27.
HOLMAN NAMED ACC PLAYER OF WEEK: North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending on Monday, Feb 11. Holman led the Tar Heel attack unit, which produced 10 goals and 8 assists in North Carolina's 16-8 season-opening win over Air Force. The native of Baltimore, Md., had two goals and six assists for the Tar Heels, the most assists in a game by a Tar Heel since April 12, 1997. His eight points were just two short of his career high of 10 and matched his second highest total in his career.
UNC AMONG ATTENDANCE LEADERS: The Tar Heels are amongst NCAA Division I attendance leaders in 2013. UNC is sixth in average home attendance at 2,354 per game and sixth in average all games attendance at 3,266 per contest. UNC trails only Maryland, Syracuse, Navy, Virginia and Loyola in average home attendance. UNC has drawn 18,834 fans for its first eight home games.
THREE HEELS NAMED TO TEWAARATON LIST: Three Tar Heel players were named February 22 to the Tewaaraton Watch List for 2013. The Tar Heels so tapped are sophomore attackman Jimmy Bitter, senior attackman Marcus Holman and junior midfielder R.G. Keenan.
THREE TAR HEELS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-ACC: Face-Off Yearbook tapped three Tar Heels as 2013 preseason All-ACC choices. The trio includes attackmen Marcus Holman and Jimmy Bitter and face-off man R.G. Keenan.
FACE-OFF PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAS: Four Tar Heel players notched spots on the Face-Off Yearbook preseason All-America Team for 2013. Marcus Holman was named first team on attack and R.G. Keenan was named second team at the face-off position. Attackmen Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey were both tapped for honorable mention accolades.
HOLMAN ELECTED SINGLE CAPTAIN: Senior Marcus Holman was elected as the sole captain of the 2013 Tar Heels, the first time that has happened in 23 years. According to research done through Athletic Communications archives, other single captains have been Randy Roden in 1973, Tom Federico in 1991, Randy Cox in 1984, Paul Fitzpatrick in 1989 and Joe Breschi in 1990.
FIVE TAR HEELS WERE RECENTLY CHOSEN IN 2013 MLL DRAFTS: Senior Marcus Holman was chosen by the Ohio Machine on January 11 in the Collegiate Draft. He was a second round pick of the Ohio Machine and the 12th selection overall.
On December 13, the MLL conducted its annual supplemental draft. Thomas Wood, '12, was taken in the second round by the Rochester Rattlers with the 12th overall pick. Tim Kaiser, '08, was chosen 25th overall in the fourth round by the Ohio Machine. Mark Staines, '12, was the 35th pick, nabbed in the fifth round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Chris Hunt, '11, was chosen 96th overall and in the 12th round by the Bayhawks.
FOUR TAR HEELS EARN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS: Four current and future Tar Heel players won gold medal rings at the U19 World Championships in Finland last July. Freshmen midfielders Brent Armstrong, Steve Pontrello and Michael Tagliaferri all played for the U.S. side and midfielder Stephen Kelly, who signed a National Letter of Intent with Carolina last November and will enroll in UNC next August, was also a member of the U.S. Team. Carolina sophomore midfielder Chad Tutton was a member of Team Canada, which captured the silver medal.
CAROLINA'S STELLAR MARK IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES: UNC's record in non-conference games continues to be one of the best in the nation over the past eight seasons.
The Tar Heels have won 68 of their past 79 games against non-conference teams dating back to April 15, 2006. In Joe Breschi's five seasons as head coach, the Tar Heels are 47-8 against non-conference teams. The only losses were to Notre Dame in 2009, to Ohio State and Johns Hopkins in 2011, to Lehigh, Pennsylvania and Denver in 2012 and to Massachusetts and Notre Dame in 2013.
CAROLINA'S DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING GAMES: In Coach Joe Breschi's five years as head lacrosse coach at UNC, Carolina's success has clearly been tied to hitting the 10-goal plateau in a game.
In fact UNC's 12-11 loss to Massachusetts on February 16, marked only the eighth time in Breschi's coaching tenure that the Tar Heels have lost when they have reached the 10-goal plateau. UNC has scored at least 10 goals in a game in 57 of 80 games under Coach Breschi's direction dating back to the opening game of the 2009 season. Carolina is 49-8 in those 57 games, losing only 11-10 to Virginia on April 4, 2009, 15-13 to Duke on April 26, 2009, 12-11 to Duke on May 17, 2009, 11-10 to Virginia on April 9, 2011, 13-11 to Duke on March 16, 2012, 15-10 to Virginia on April 7, 2012, 16-14 to Denver on May 12, 2012 and 12-11 to Massachusetts on February 16, 2013.
In the 23 games under Coach Breschi's tutelage in which the Tar Heels have not reached the 10-goal mark, UNC has not fared nearly as well as when scoring in double figures. In fact their record in those 23 games is just 7-16.
NEAR DOMINANCE AT HOME UNDER BRESCHI: UNC is 33-7 in home games in Coach Joe Breschi's five years at the helm of the Tar Heels. That's a winning percentage of 82.5 percent.
UNC's only home losses during Breschi's four-year tenure include regular-season and ACC Tournament games to Duke in 2009 (both at Kenan Stadium), a regular-season loss to Duke in 2011, an NCAA Tournament loss to Maryland in 2011, regular-season losses to Lehigh and Virginia and an NCAA Tournament loss to Denver in 2012 and a regular-season loss to Duke in 2013.
HEAD COACH JOE BRESCHI: Joe Breschi is now in his fifth season as the head coach at his alma mater. His Tar Heel teams have a cumulative record of 56-24 for a winning percentage of 70.0 percent. He is in his 16th year overall as a collegiate head coach, including 11 seasons at Ohio State prior to coming to Chapel Hill. His career coaching record is 148-87 and his career winning percentage is 63.0 percent.
CAROLINA SNARES 250TH ALL-TIME WIN HOME VICTORY: Carolina's 11-10 win over Maryland on March 24, 2012 marked the 250th all-time win for the Tar Heels in home games. North Carolina will head into its next home game against Duke on April 26 with an all-time record of 258-119-2 in home games. UNC has a 68.3 winning percentage all-time in history in home games.
ANOTHER SEASON OPENING WIN: Carolina's 16-8 win over Air Force in the 2013 season opener was the 15th victory in a row in a season opener for the Tar Heels. The last time UNC lost a season opener was February 22, 1998 when the Tar Heels fell 13-12 to Butler at Fezter Field.
THE ALL-TIME RECORD: North Carolina has an all-time record of 441-272-2 in the sport of men's lacrosse. That is a winning percentage of .618.