North Carolina vs. Maryland
March 24, 2012
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|The Game Story:|
|CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina Tar Heels continue their 2012 season this Saturday afternoon when 15th-ranked North Carolina takes on the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins in an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season matchup at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Official opening face-off is at 12:02 p.m. Tickets are $5 general admission and will be free to UNC student, faculty and staff with presentation of their UNC One Cards. The ticket booths at Carmichael Arena will open at 11 a.m. Tickets can also be purchase in advance through the Ticket Center on TarHeelBlue.com. Live stats will also be available through Gametracker on TarHeelBlue.com. The game will be nationally televised by ESPNU. Mike Corey, the voice of the Delaware Blue Hens, will serve as the play by play announcer while former Denver coach Jamie Munro and former UNC All-America defenseman Ryan Flanagan will serve as analysts. North Carolina is ranked 15th this week in the USILA coaches poll and 14th in the Nike Inside Lacrosse media poll. UNC is 6-3 overall and is 0-1 in the ACC. The Tar Heels are coming off a Wednesday afternoon victory over Dartmouth 13-10. Maryland is 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. Ther Terps are ranked #6 this week by the USILA and #7 by Nike/Inside Lacrosse. The Terps have had a full week off since beating Villanova last Saturday 11-5 in College Park, Md. The two teams have one common opponent. Maryland beat Duke 10-7 on March 6 in College Park, Md. while Carolina lost to the Blue Devils 13-11 in Durham, N.C. on March 16.|
UNC LOOKS FOR IMPROVEMENT AGAINST ACC OPPONENTS: Since the 2004 season, the Tar Heels have struggled against their fellow members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 2012 edition of the Tar Heels will try to turn around those numbers as it continues ACC play against the Terrapins Saturday. Since suffering an 11-9 loss to Virginia on April 23, 2004, UNC is 4-30 against ACC opponents. The Tar Heels lost 21 straight games against ACC teams from 2004-09. Former head coach John Haus led UNC to back-to-back 2-1 ACC regular-seasons in 2003 and 2004 but the 21-match ACC losing streak began in the 2004 camapign in ACC Tournament play. Under head coach Joe Breschi, the Tar Heels have begun to enjoy some success against ACC opponents as UNC has won four times against league foes since April 24, 2009, including three wins over Maryland and one victory over Duke.
THE OFFENSE PICKS IT UP: Statistics have proven over the years that when Carolina scores 10 or more goals in a game the Tar Heels have great success. In the opening three games of this season, UNC scored 14, 20 and 18 goals respectively. Carolina then went on a four-match streak in which it was held to single digits in goals by their opponents. During that streak UNC was still able to win in two low-scoring games, beating Navy 9-8 on February 25 and Princeton 9-8 on March 10. The Tar Heels' offense has gotten back into gear in the past two games, averaging 12 goals a game in those two contests.
THE LAST TIME ON THE FIELD: Marcus Holman and Thomas Wood combined for 11 points this Wednesday afternoon to lead the 15th-ranked North Carolina men's lacrosse team to a 13-10 victory over Dartmouth before 1,116 fans at Fetzer Field. Holman had a career-high five assists and matched his career high with six points while Wood scored four goals, the most he has scored in a game in almost two years. Three Tar Heels had multiple goals in the game as Wood scored four times, to go along with an assist, and Joey Sankey and Davey Emala had two tallies each. Sankey also added an assist. Holman had a goal and five assists for UNC while Jimmy Bitter had a goal and two helpers. Chad Tutton had a goal and an assist as well. UNC outshot the Big Green 58-32 overall, including a 22-8 edge in the second quarter when the Tar Heels outscored Dartmouth 8-4. Steven Rastivo made 15 saves and allowed 10 goals for UNC. One of the keys to the victory for Carolina was the fact it committed a season-low seven turnovers Sophomore Frankie Kelly did most of the work at the X for UNC, winning 12 of 21 faceoffs and leading the Tar Heels with seven ground balls. Kelly's previous high for ground balls was four against Presbyterian on April 14, 2011. Kelly's 12 faceoff wins were the most in his career. His previous high was eight versus Presbyterian on April 14, 2011. The four goals by Wood were the most he has scored in a game since he had five against Ohio State on May 8, 2010. Wood had five ground balls in the game, matching his career initially set against Lehigh on February 20, 2010. Holman's five assists were a career high, exceeding by one the total of four he had against Navy on February 25 of this season. Holman also had six points in that game against the Midshipmen and he matched that total against the Big Green Wednesday.
TAKING BETTER CARE OF THE BALL: One of the keys to UNC's win over Dartmouth was the simple fact the Tar Heels took better care of the ball. UNC committed a season-low seven turnovers. The previous low was 13 against Mercer on February 12. That allowed the Tar Heels to take a season-high 58 shots, topping the 56 they had against Dartmouth on February 12. Against the Big Green, UNC had 28 shots on goal compared to 7 turnovers. That broke a streak of four straight matches in which UNC had committed more turnovers than it had shots on goal (Lehigh 19 turnovers/16 shots on goal), Pennsylvania (17 turnovers/10 shots on goal), Princeton (19 turnovers/11 shots on goal) and Duke (20 turnovers/18 shots on goal).
THE NEWCOMERS STEP UP: Newcomers to the Tar Heel team in 2012 have played a big role in UNC's success so far this season. Of Carolina's top five scorers, three are freshmen and one is a junior transfer. Freshmen Joey Sankey, Jimmy Bitter and Chad Tutton rank second, third and fifth on the team, respectively, in points with 23, 17 and 13. Junior transfer Davey Emala (Georgetown) is fourth on the team in points with 16.
A YOUTHFUL STARTING LINEUP: After coming out of the gates slow in an eventual 13-11 loss at Duke, UNC head coach Joe Breschi shook up the starting lineup and went young against Dartmouth. UNC started three freshmen, three sophomores, three juniors and one senior against the Big Green.
HOLMAN'S NUMBERS: Marcus Holman has 29 points already through nine games this season. That is already more points than he had in the entirety of the 2011 season (28) and is just two short of the 31 points he had as a freshman in 2010 in 16 games. Holman has 16 assists this season, which is more than he had in his first two seasons combined when he had nine in 2010 and five in 2011.
WOODY ON THE CAREER CHARTS: Thomas Wood continues to move up UNC's all-time charts for goals scored and total points in a career. Heading into the Maryland game, Wood has 96 career points and now ranks in a tie for 35th all-time in UNC lore with Ben Hunt (2006-09). The next jump on the chart for Wood would be the 101-point mark which is shared by three Tar Heels who are tied for 32nd in career scoring -- Bryant Will (2002-05), Brent Voelkel (1981-84) and Dan Cox (1972-75). Wood has scored 60 goals in his career and is tied for 35th place in that category with John Szczypinski (1986-89).
HOLMAN ON CAREER POINTS AND GOALS CHARTS: Junior attackman Marcus Holman has scored 58 goals in his Tar Heel career. That is the 39th highest goal total in Tar Heel history. He is one goal behind Michael Burns (2005-08) and Ryan Blair (2003-06) on the all-time Tar Heel goal scoring list. Holman has 88 career points. He is 43rd in UNC history in the category directly behind Joe Yevoli (1978-79) who had 89 career points.
UNC's CUREENT CAREER ASSIST LEADERS: Four current members of the UNC lacrosse team have at least 30 career assists. Senior Thomas Wood has 36 career assists, sophomore Nicky Galasso had 33 career assists, senior Jimmy Dunster has 32 career assists and junior Marcus Holman has 30 career assists.
IRON MEN McCOMAS & DUNSTER: North Carolina senior close defenseman Charlie McComas has made 52 career starts in his time at UNC. That's the most starts of any current Tar Heel. McComas has played in 56 games in his career. Midfielder Jimmy Dunster has played in 56 games, equaling McComas' total and has 50 career starts.
STAINES ON LONG POLE SCORING LIST: North Carolina senior Mark Staines is one of only seven players in NCAA Division I who have compiled at least 10 career points while playing a close defense or long stick midfield position. Staines has 12 points in his career on 11 goals and one assist.
HAT TRICKS BY WOOD AND HOLMAN: North Carolina attackmen Thomas Wood and Marcus Holman are among 35 players in NCAA Division I who have recorded at least seven hat tricks in their careers. Both Wood and Holman have eight career hat tricks.
A RARE HOME LOSS TO AN UNRANKED TEAM: Carolina's 9-8 loss to Lehigh on March 6, 2012 was UNC's first loss at Fetzer Field to an unranked opponent since March 5, 2004 when an unranked Navy team defeated North Carolina 9-8 in overtime. Three days later, UNC lost to an unranked Penn team 10-6 in Philadelphia. That marked the first time since 1976 that the Tar Heels had dropped back-to-back matches to unranked foes.
UNC VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS UNDER COACH BRESCHI: North Carolina will be playing a ranked opponent for the fourth time this season and the 36th time in Joe Breschi's coaching career at UNC when it meets sixth-ranked Maryland Saturday at 12 noon at Fetzer Field. UNC is 20-15 against nationally-ranked opponents in Coach Joe Breschi's four-year coaching tenure. Conversely, the Tar Heels are 21-3 against unranked opponents in those four seasons. Breschi is 41-18 overall at Carolina in his four seasons as head coach.
TAR HEELS ANDTERRAPINS MEET FOR THE 62ND TIME SATURDAY: North Carolina and Maryland will be meeting for the 62nd time on the lacrosse field when they meet up Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The Terrapins lead the all-time series 40-21. The series dates back to 1964. Maryland has won the past two games although the teams are 3-3 against each other in the past six meetings dating back to an ACC Tournament meeting in 2009. Prior to Carolina's win over the Terps in the 2009 ACC Tournament semifinals, Maryland had dominated the series from 1997-2009, winning 14 of 15 meetings in that span.
TAR HEELS GRAB FIRST EVER WIN IN AN NFL STADIUM: The North Carolina men's lacrosse team earned its first-ever win in an NFL stadium when it defeated Princeton 9-8 at the Konica Minolta Face-off Classic in Baltimore, Md., on March 10. The Tar Heels are now 1-5 all-time in NFL stadiums, including a 1-2 mark at M&T Bank Stadium.. UNC is 0-1 in the old Meadowlands Stadium and 0-2 in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
UNC STAGES BIGGEST COMEBACK IN 16 YEARS IN WIN AT NAVY: North Carolina came back from its largest fourth quarter deficit in 16 years when it won 9-8 at Navy on February 25. The last time UNC trailed by as many as three goals in the fourth quarter of a game and came back to win was April 13, 1996. In that game, UNC trailed Notre Dame 10-7 before Carolina started its rally with a goal with 11:01 to play. Merrill Turnbull's goal with 33 seconds left in regulation eventually lifted UNC to victory in that game 11-10. Against Navy on February 25, 2012, UNC trailed Navy 8-5 in the fourth quarter before a goal by Davey Emala with 12:12 left began UNC's comeback. Goals by Thomas Wood and Marcus Holman would go on to tie the game. The Tar Heels capped the rally with a game-winning goal by Thomas Wood with 1:16 to play in the fourth quarter.
UNC AND HALFTIME DEFICITS: The Tar Heels rallied from a halftime deficit for the first time in nearly three years to beat Navy 9-8 on February 25. Navy led the Tar Heels 6-3 at halftime. The last time UNC had trailed at halftime and come back to win was May 9, 2009 when UMBC led the Tar Heels 8-6 at halftime. Carolina rallied to win that game 15-13. Since that time UNC had lost eight games in a row in which it had trailed at halftime before rallying to beat the Midshipmen. UNC is 5-0 in games this year when leading at halftime, 1-2 when trailing at the half and 0-1 when tied at intermission.
OVERCOMING LARGEST DEFICIT IN TWO YEARS: North Carolina trailed Navy by as many as four goals on three separate occasions in the 9-8 victory over the Midshipmen on February 25. The last time UNC had trailed by as many as four goals and came back to win a game was May 8, 2010 when the Tar Heels were down 8-4 to Ohio State with 9:58 left in the second quarter before rallying to win 19-13 at Fetzer Field.
COLOR THE TAR HEELS YOUNG: North Carolina has one of the youngest rosters in the nation. Of the 46 players on the roster, 28 are sophomores or freshmen, including 15 in the sophomore class and 13 in the freshman class. Conversely, the Tar Heel are short on the graybeard side of the roster breakdown. The UNC roster includes one graduate student (Jack McBride) and six seniors in their final years of eligibility (Milton Lyles, Mark Staines, Thomas Wood, Jimmy Dunster, Charlie McComas, Matt Holman). The Tar Heel junior class includes 11 players (including redshirts).
HEAD COACH Joe Breschi: Joe Breschi is now in his fourth season as the head coach at his alma mater. His Tar Heel teams have a cumulative record of 41-18 for a winning percentage of 69.5 percent. He is in his 15th year overall as a collegiate head coach, including 11 seasons at Ohio State prior to coming to Chapel Hill. His career coaching record is 133-81 and his career winning percentage is 62.1 percent.
THREE TAR HEELS NAMED TO TEWAARATON TROPHY WATCH LIST: North Carolina attackmen Jack McBride, Nicky Galasso and Marcus Holman have been named to the 2012 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. Galasso and McBride were named to the initial Watch List on February 15. Holman was added this past week to an updated Watch List. The list includes the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlights the early contenders for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award. McBride is a graduate student attackman from Madison, N.J., Galasso is a sophomore attackman from West Islip, N.Y., and Holman is a junior attackman from Baltimore, Md. The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 and is the preeminent lacrosse award honoring the nation's top collegiate lacrosse player for his extraordinary achievements on the field. The Selection Committee are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed each year by the Tewaaraton Award. The Selection Committee will make additions to the list as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot alongside these elite players. In late April, the list will be narrowed to 25 and these men will earn the distinction of Tewaaraton Nominees. In mid-May, the five finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place on May 31st, at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
RASTIVO WINS ACC DEFENSIVE POW HONORS MARCH 13: North Carolina junior goaltender Steven Rastivo was named the Defensive Player of the Week in the Atlantic Coast Conference on March 13. Rastivo was named the Most Valuable Player of North Carolina's game against No. 14 Princeton in the Konica Minolta Face-off Classic. The South Setauket, N.Y., native was the dominant player on the field against the Tigers as he made 16 saves and allowed only eight goals in the nationally-televised win. Rastivo's .667 save percentage in the game was the best of his career of any game in which he had at least 15 saves. Princeton outshot the Tar Heels 43-22 in the game, and Rastivo had seven saves in the fourth quarter alone to secure the victory. Rastivo was just two saves shy of his career high of 18 which came against Penn State on February 11.
KEENAN WINS ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR SECOND TIME: North Carolina junior R. G. Keenan was named the Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week by the ACC on Monday, Feb. 27. It was the second time this year that he had won the award. Keenan sparked a comeback win at Navy February 25 as the Tar Heels scored four unanswered goals to grab the victory, the largest fourth quarter rally since April 13, 1996 for a North Carolina squad. The midfielder scooped up 11 ground balls and won 18 of 20 faceoffs, including all five in the fourth quarter. The 18 wins were the second-most in his career, and the winning percentage was a single-game best. It was the second weekly award of the season for the native of Perry Hall, Md. He had won earlier in the season after Carolina's season-opening wins over PSU and Mercer.
EMALA & KEENAN SWEEP FIRST ACC POW AWARDS: North Carolina junior midfielder Davey Emala and sophomore midfielder R.G. Keenan were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the week ending on Monday, Feb. 13. Emala, a transfer from Georgetown, started his Tar Heel career with six goals, including two game-winning goals, and added an assist while starting his first two games with the team. The Baltimore, Md., native also had six ground balls combined in the wins over No. 17 Penn State and Mercer. He had four goals and an assist in the win over the Nittany Lions and added two goals against Mercer in limited playing time. He scored his six goals on only 10 shots. Keenan won 74.4 percent of his faceoffs in the first two games of the season to help North Carolina dominate possession time in the two wins over the weekend. Keenan won a career-high 19 faceoffs in 27 attempts against the Nittany Lions and had seven ground balls. A day later, the Perry Hall, Md., native won 13 of 16 faceoffs against Mercer and scooped up six ground balls. Keenan's 19 wins versus Penn State exceeded his previous career high of 18, set in three games in 2011. At the time his 81.2 percentage against Mercer was the second highest of his career in a game, exceeded only by the 85.7 winning percentage he had as a freshman last season against Dartmouth. He improved on that percentage by winning 90 percent of his draws against Navy on February 25.
TAR HEELS OPEN WITH WIN IN SOUTHERN SHOWDOWN: Steven Rastivo made a career-high 18 saves and R.G. Keenan won a career-high 19 face-offs to power sixth-ranked North Carolina to a 14-10 victory over 17th-ranked Penn State Saturday before a crowd of 6,913 in the fourth annual Southern Showdown played at Kennesaw State University's Soccer Stadium on February 11. The game marked the 2012 men's lacrosse opener for both teams. Several newcomers were involved in UNC's 14-goal outburst as junior transfer Davey Emala (from Georgetown) led the Heels with four goals and an assist while freshman Jimmy Bitter and junior tri-captain Marcus Holman each had three goals with Holman also adding a helper. Graduate student transfer Jack McBride (from Princeton) also scored twice for the Tar Heels. Sophomores Pat Foster and Duncan Hutchins had three and two assists, respectively, as Carolina registered assists on 10 of 14 goals. It was a career high assist total for Foster, who started on attack with Holman and freshman Joey Sankey. Hutchins matched his career high for assists. He also had two against UMBC last year. Rastivo, who transferred to UNC from Penn State in January 2010, was brilliant in goal for the Tar Heels as he made a career high 18 saves and had a career high eight ground balls. He had 12 of his saves in the second half as Carolina protected an 8-5 halftime lead against an onslaught of 22 second half shots by the Lions. Rastivo's previous career high for saves was 13, which he achieved twice last season, against Maryland on March 26, 2011 and against Notre Dame on May 6, 2011. His previous career high for ground balls was four set against Ohio State as a freshman and Maryland as a sophomore. R.G. Keenan was equally instrumental in the victory as he won 19 of his 27 face-off attempts in the match while snaring seven ground balls. Keenan's previous high for face-offs won was 18, which he accomplished three times last season -- against Navy, Duke and Dartmouth. Keenan was only four face-off wins shy of the school record of 23 established by Shane Walterhoefer against Ohio State on April 21, 2008.
TAR HEELS EXPLODE FOR 20-GOAL OUTPUT IN WIN OVER MERCER: North Carolina got goals from 12 different players and assists from nine players and played virtually its entire roster as the sixth-ranked Tar Heels defeated the Mercer Bears 20-7 at the Lovett School in Atlanta February 12. UNC freshmen scored 12 goals and had seven assists in the match. The 12 goals were a school record total for freshmen in a game. Freshmen Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton each scored three goals to lead the way for the Tar Heels while freshmen Jimmy Bitter and Walker Chafee and juniors Davey Emala and Stephen Burns had two goals each. The two goals were a career high for Burns. Sankey, Tutton, Chafee, Drew Hays, T.J. Kemp and Derek Henson all had their first goals in UNC uniforms. Sankey finished with six points overall as he added three assists while Bitter finished with four points overall as he pitched in with two helpers. Burns, Chafee, Jimmy Dunster, Foster, Frankie Kelly, Kemp and Tutton also added assists. The assist was the first career point for Kelly. Sankey had nine ground balls for the Tar Heels, the most by a Tar Heel attackman since Billy Bitter had nine against Maryland on March 21, 2009.
KEENAN, BALANCED OFFENSE LEADS UNC PAST TITANS: R.G. Keenan won 16 of 18 face-offs, helping sixth-ranked North Carolina dominate possession en route to an 18-8 men's lacrosse victory over Detroit in the Tar Heels' home opener at Fetzer Field on February 18. Jimmy Dunster scored three goals for Coach Joe Breschi's team and Marcus Holman and Chad Tutton each had four-point games for Carolina, which got points from 13 different players. UNC, which is now 3-0 on the campaign, broke open a close game by scoring four goals in a span of two minutes in the first half and then went on a 12-2 scoring run from 10:43 in the second quarter to 5:05 in the fourth quarter to gain its biggest lead at 18-5. Detroit scored three goals in the final three minutes of the game to make the score look more respectable. Carolina outshot the Titans 44-26 and won the ground ball battle 51-32. UNC dominated the face-off X, thanks in large part to Keenan, 19-8. It was a sloppy game ball handling wise on both sides of the field as Detroit committed 25 turnovers and UNC 24. Dunster led the way with three goals for UNC while Holman and Tutton each had two goals and two assists. Joey Sankey and Pat Foster each had two goals and an assist and Davey Emala had a goal and two assists for Carolina. Ryan Creighton and Jimmy Bitter each scored twice for UNC and sophomore middie Will Campbell had a career-high two assists. Other goals came from Jack McBride and T.J. Kemp while freshmen Walker Chafee and Matt Shannon each had their first career assists.
CAROLINA RALLYS PAST MIDS IN CLASSIC MATCHUP: Fourth-ranked North Carolina scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, including the game winner by Thomas Wood with 1:16 to play, as it rallied past Navy 9-8 in men's lacrosse action before 1,801 fans at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The game marked the biggest fourth quarter comeback for UNC in the sport in 16 years. Wood, a senior attackman from Dallas, Texas, saw his first action of the year and scored three times and team captain Marcus Holman, a junior attackman from Baltimore, had two goals and four assists as Carolina took the best shot from a Navy team coming off a 13-7 loss at Jacksonville last Sunday and survived to go to 4-0 on the season. It was UNC's second successive win over Navy in Annapolis and its fourth in a row over Navy overall. UNC now leads the overall series 15-12. The last time UNC rallied from as much as a three-goal, fourth quarter deficit to win was April 13, 1996 when the Tar Heels won at Notre Dame 11-10. The Fighting Irish led 10-7 in that match before UNC ran off four goals in a row, the first coming with 11:01 left in the game. The eventual game-winner in that contest was scored by Merrill Turnbull with 33 seconds to play. Carolina trailed by four goals on three occasions on Saturday and rallied to overcome its biggest deficit in a game since May 8, 2010 when the Tar Heels were down to Ohio State four goals in the first half of a game in Chapel Hill before eventually winning 19-13. The win was also the first time Carolina has trailed at halftime of a game and come back to prevail since May 9, 2009 when the Heels were down to UMBC 8-6 at halftime of an NCAA Tournament first round game. Carolina rallied in the second half of that game to triumph by a 15-13 count. Wood and Holman led the way for UNC with nine combined points and Davey Emala had a goal and an assist. Joey Sankey, Pat Foster and Duncan Hutchins had UNC's other goals and Jack McBride, who started in the midfield, had an assist. R.G. Keenan was huge again for Carolina in the face-off circle as he won 18 of 20 draws. That was one win shy of his personal high of 19 in a game set against Penn State on February 11, 2012. Keenan's 90 percent tally at the X was the best percentage of his career in a game, besting the .889 percent performance he had last Saturday against Detroit.
HEELS FALL VICTIM TO LEHIGH UPSET BID: Lehigh outscored North Carolina 5-0 over a span of 25:11 from the second through fourth quarters and went on to beat the fourth-ranked Tar Heels 9-8 at Fetzer Field Saturday night. The loss was the first for the Tar Heels against an unranked team at Fetzer Field since March 5, 2004 when Navy downed Carolina 9-8 in overtime. The Mountain Hawks improved to 4-1 on the season as they recorded their first win over Carolina since April 4, 1951 when Lehigh defeated the Tar Heels 6-3 in Chapel Hill. Carolina suffered its first loss of the season after winning its first four games. Lehigh won the game by capitalizing in three statistical areas, winning the ground balls 31-23, dominating the X 13-7 and scoring three extra-man goals on four opportunities while holding the Tar Heels scoreless on three extra-man chances. Lehigh man-down defense was so good that it did not allow the Tar Heels to take a shot on any of their three opportunities. The Mountain Hawks also harried the Tar Heels into committing 19 turnovers, including 11 in the second half.
CAROLINA FALLS AT PENN FOR FIRST TIME: Eighth-ranked North Carolina's first visit to Franklin Field to play Pennsylvania since May 11, 1991 proved to be an unpleasant one as the unranked Quakers earned their first victory of the season, downing the Tar Heels 10-6 in men's lacrosse action Tuesday night before a crowd of 562. The Tar Heels, who fell at home last Saturday to Lehigh, have now lost two in a row. UNC is 4-2 overall heading into a matchup Saturday against 14th-ranked Princeton in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Game time is 11 a.m. Penn, which had lost so far to Duke and Lehigh, improved to 1-2 on the campaign. Dan Savage led the Quakers with three goals and an assist while John Conneely had two goals and two assists and Ryan Parietti and Tim Schawlje each had a goal and an assist. Anthony Adler had a goal and two assists for the Quakers who got 17 of their 18 points from five players.
CAROLINA GRABS MUCH NEEDED WIN AGAINST PRINCETON: Steven Rastivo made 16 saves to earn Most Valuable Player honors of the 2012 Konica Minolta Face-off Classic as eighth-ranked North Carolina defeated 14th-ranked Princeton 9-8 at M&T Bank Stadium. Princeton outshot the Tar Heels 43-22 in the game but Rastivo proved to be a stone wall in the cage to keep the Tigers at bay, including a seven-save performance in the fourth quarter alone. The win was a needed one for the Tar Heels who had lost back-to-back games to Lehigh and Penn. The Tar Heels featured a balanced offensive attack with Duncan Hutchins scoring twice, including the game-winner with 6:09 to play after Princeton had rallied to time the game at 8-8. Graduate student Jack McBride, who played at Princeton from 2008-11, had two goals for Carolina while Marcus Holman, Jimmy Dunster, Nicky Galasso, Davey Emala and Ryan Creighton each scored once. R.G. Keenan led UNC with two assists, while Pat Foster, Holman, Hutchins and Greg McBride each had a single assist.
CAROLINA'S RALLY FALL SHOTS AT DUKE: Fourteenth-ranked Duke bolted to a 10-3 lead and held on against a spirited second-half rally by 12th-ranked North Carolina to win 13-11 in men's lacrosse action before a crowd of 3,174 at Koskinen Stadium on March 16. Three different Blue Devils recorded hat tricks in the match while Joey Sankey matched his career high for points in a game with six for the Tar Heels. Sankey had three goals and three assists, matching his career highs for goals, assists and points in a game. Fellow freshman Billy Bitter came up big with a pair of scores while sophomore Ryan Creighton scored twice. Marcus Holman had a goal and an assist for the Tar Heels.
UNC SCORES MOST GOALS IN THREE YEARS IN WIN OVER MERCER: North Carolina's 20-goal outburst against Mercer on February 12 was the most goals it has scored in a game since it beat Denver 20-7 on February 14, 2009 at Fetzer Field.
KEENAN'S UPDATED FACEOFF NUMBERS: R.G. Keenan has now won 280 face-offs in his career heading into the game against Maryland. That is the sixth most in UNC history. Jason Sanders (1993-96) is in fifth place with 298 face-off wins. In wins against Penn State and Mercer, Keenan passed former Tar Heels Ted Brown, Steve Stenersen, Mac Hammer, Michael Burns and Craig Hasslinger on the all-time face-offs won list. He then passed Steve Gilhuley on the list in the win over Navy. His 19 face-off wins against Penn State were a career high and equaled the sixth most in a game in UNC history. Against Navy he won 18 face-offs, marking the ninth time he has won at least 15 and the fifth time he has won 18 or more. His 11 ground balls against the Midshipmen were one short of his career high set against both Navy and UMBC in 2011.
UNC IN THE POLLS: The North Carolina men's lacrosse team headed into the 2012 campaign ranked sixth in both major preseason national polls. Carolina was ranked sixth in the January 30, 2012 coaches' poll conducted by the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. UNC received 204 points from the polls 14 voters. UNC was also ranked sixth in the Nike Division I media poll of January 30, 2012, receiving 342 points from 22 voters. The most recent regular-season polls of the season were issued on March 12, 2012. The Tar Heels were ranked 14th in the Nike Division I media poll with 175 points. In the most recent USILA coaches poll, Carolina is ranked 15th with 73 points.
CAROLINA SEEKS 250TH ALL-TIME WIN AT FETZER FIELD: After beating Dartmouth 13-10 on March 21, North Carolina will head into its next home game against Maryland on March 24 with an all-time record of 249-116-2 at Fetzer Field. UNC has a 68.1 winning percentage all-time in history at Fetzer Field.
ANOTHER SEASON OPENING WIN: Carolina's 14-10 win over Penn State in the 2012 season opener was the 14th 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 426-266-2 in the sport of men's lacrosse. That is a winning percentage of .615.
TWO TAR HEELS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-ACC: Sophomore attackman Nicky Galasso and senior defenseman Charlie McComas were named preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference by Face-Off Yearbook and Inside Lacrosse Magazine for the 2012 season. IL made the announcement on their website on December 12, 2011. Galasso, a native of West Islip, N.Y., started all 16 games for the Tar Heels in 2011 and led the team in scoring with 56 points. He scored 24 goals, one behind team leader Billy Bitter, and his 32 assists led the Heels, 18 more than Bitter's second place total. McComas is a three-year starter in the defense for Carolina, starting 15 games as a junior in 2011. He had 30 ground balls and nine caused turnovers last season.
SIX UNC PLAYERS NAMED FACE-OFF YEARBOOK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAS: Six members of the 2012 University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team were named to the preseason All-America Team announced by Face-Off Yearbook and Inside Lacrosse Magazine on December 6, 2011. The preseason All-Americas were chosen by a vote of Division I head coaches and Yearbook and IL staff. Sophomore attackman Nicky Galasso was named a preseason first-team All-America, the only sophomore attackman on the first team. He led the Tar Heels in scoring as a freshman last year and was named the team's top freshman in 2011. Junior midfielder Marcus Holman, one of Carolina's tri-captains, was named a preseason third-team selection. Four more Tar Heels were named to the honorable mention team, including senior midfielder Jimmy Dunster, sophomore face-off man/midfielder R.G. Keenan, long stick defensive midfielder Mark Staines and defenseman Charlie McComas.
FRESHMAN TUTTON EARNS TEAM CANADA ROSTER SPOT: University of North Carolina freshman midfielder Chad Tutton, an Ontario native, was named to represent Canada at the 2012 FIL Under-19 Men's Field World Championships being held in Turku, Finland, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) announced December 8, 2011. Tutton was a key addition to Coach Joe Breschi's highly touted recruiting class in 2012. Tutton is a native of Courtice, Ontario. Tutton attended The Hill Academy. He is the first Canadian to play at UNC since Dave Werry graduated in 2006.
TAR HEELS CHOSEN TO COMPETE IN 2012 ESPNU WARRIOR CLASSIC IN CHARLOTTE: The ESPNU Warrior Classic, a men's college lacrosse doubleheader, has a new home at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., home of Major League Lacrosse's Charlotte Hounds. The third annual event will be played Saturday, April 14, and will feature Rutgers vs. Syracuse in the first game at 11 a.m., followed by Hofstra vs. North Carolina at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPNU. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, senior citizens and students with school ID. Group discounts are available at $12 per ticket (minimum 50 people).
McBRIDE RANKS NINTH NATIONALLY IN CAREER GOALS; NEEDS TWO TO REACH 100-GOAL MARK: While Carolina graduated one of the nation's top career goal scorers off the 2011 team when Billy Bitter left with 99 goals, it fortunately picked up another in the off season when graduate student Jack McBride enrolled in the Master's of Business Administration program in the Kenan-Flagler School of Business. McBride earned his degree from Princeton in 2011. He will play his final season of eligibility at Carolina in 2012. Heading into the 2012 season, McBride had the eighth most career goals of any active player, having scored 90 goals in his time at Princeton. McBride has scored eight times so far this season and now has 98 career goals. He is currently in ninth place on the national list. The national leader is Bryan Neufeld of Siena who has scored 137 goals in his career with the Saints.
TWO TAR HEELS EARN UNIVERSITY AWARDS: A pair of veteran Tar Heel leaders were recently awarded top honors from the University's academic and leadership divisions. Redshirt junior defenseman Logan Corey of Chapel Hill, N.C. was named the winner of the Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award for 2011-12 for the UNC men's lacrosse team. Junior midfielder Marcus Holman of Baltimore, Md. was named one of 16 Tar Heel Leaders of Distinction presented by the Carolina Leadership Academy.
TAR HEELS TO APPEAR ON ESPN FAMILY OF NETWORKS SIX TIMES IN 2012: Six regular-season University of North Carolina men's lacrosse games are being televised in 2012 in the television schedule released by the ESPN Family of Networks and the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina's three regular-season conference games will be on the network, including an April 7 game against defending NCAA champion Virginia on ESPN at 1 p.m.. The Tar Heels will also face Duke on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. on ESPNU and Maryland on Saturday, March 24 at 12 noon on ESPNU. In addition, UNC non-conference games against Princeton on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m., against Johns Hopkins on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. and against Hofstra on Saturday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. are being televised on ESPNU. All three of those games are being played at neutral sites in Baltimore, Md., East Rutherford, N.J., and Charlotte, N.C., respectively.
FIVE UNC PLAYERS CHOSEN IN 2012 MLL DRAFT: Four seniors and one graduate student from the 2012 University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team were selected Janaury 15 in the 2012 Major Lacrosse League Collegiate Draft held in Philadelphia, Pa. Senior midfielder Jimmy Dunster of Cos Cob, Conn. was the first Tar Heel chosen in the draft being picked up by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the third round with the 22nd overall pick. Graduate student Jack McBride, an attackman from Madison, N.J., was chosen in the third round with the 23rd pick by the Hamilton Nationals. Senior defenseman Mark Staines of Gambrills, Md. was the 32nd pick, going in the fourth round to the Boston Cannons. The last two Tar Heel picks both went to the Rochester Rattlers. Senior defenseman Charlie McComas of Parkton, Md. went in the seventh round with the 51st pick and senior forward Thomas Wood went to the Rattlers in the eighth round with the 59th pick.
CAROLINA ALUMNUS MEADE NAMED NATIONAL TEAM COACH: United States Lacrosse named Richie Meade, a 1976 University of North Carolina alumnus and former assistant coach at UNC, as the head coach of the 2014 U.S. men's national senior team. Meade will lead Team USA in its title defense at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, hosted by US Lacrosse and held in Denver, Colo., July 10-19, 2014. He becomes the 12th head coach in the history of the U.S. men's senior team program.
THREE TAR HEELS ELECTED TEAM CAPTAINS: Two seniors and one junior have been named as tri-captains of the 2012 University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team. The three captains were chosen by a vote of their teammates. Senior defenseman Mark Stainesof Gambrills, Md. and senior defenseman Charlie McComas of Parkton, Md. have been chosen as two of the captains. The third captain is junior attackman Marcus Holman of Baltimore, Md. This marks the first time in Coach Joe Breschi's tenure that the Tar Heels have elected tri-captains. The 2009 team had four captains and each of the past two teams had co-captains. The last Tar Heel to serve as a captain in his junior year prior to Holman's election was Fletcher Gregory, who captained the 2007 team a junior and 2008 team as a senior.
TAR HEELS TO APPEAR THIS SPRING IN TWO INSIDE LACROSSE EVENTS: The The University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team are competing in a pair of events this spring sponsored by Inside Lacrosse Magazine and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. Coach Joe Breschi's UNC Tar Heels played Princeton in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., as the Tar Heels defeated the Tigers 9-8. In just a little over two weeks, the Tar Heels will face off against Johns Hopkins at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic which will be played on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. This year's appearances marked UNC's first ever appearance in the Face-Off Classic in Baltimore while Carolina will compete in the Big City Classic for the fourth straight year.
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 seven seasons. The Tar Heels have won 57 of their past 65 games against non-conference teams dating back to late in the 2006 season. In Joe Breschi's four seasons as head coach, the Tar Heels are 37-5 against non-conference teams. The only losses were to Notre Dame in 2009, to Ohio State and Johns Hopkins in 2011 and to Lehigh and Pennsylvania in 2012.
CAROLINA'S DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING GAMES: In Coach Joe Breschi's four years as head lacrosse coach at UNC, Carolina's success has often been tied to hitting the 10-goal plateau in a game. That was borne out in Carolina two of the most most recent losses to Lehigh and Pennsylvania. In fact UNC's 13-11 loss at Duke on March 16, 2012 marked only the fifth time in Breschi's coaching tenure the Tar Heels have lost when they have hit the 10-goal plateau. UNC has scored at least 10 goals in a game in 39 of 59 games under Coach Breschi's direction dating back to the opening game of the 2009 season. Carolina is 34-5 in those 39 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, to 11-10 to Virginia on April 9, 2011 and to Duke 13-11 on March 16, 2012. In the 20 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. In fact their record in those 20 games is just 7-13 but the Tar Heels did win its most recent game when it failed to make double digits, beating Princeton 9-8 on March 10.
NEAR DOMINANCE AT FETZER FIELD UNDER BRESCHI: After a 13-10 win over Dartmouth on March 21, UNC is now 22-3 under head coach Joe Breschi in games played at Fetzer Field and 24-5 in home games overall (including three games played at Kenan Stadium, one game at Henry Stadium and one game on Navy Field). The Tar Heels had a 17-game Fetzer Field winning streak from 2009-11. The Tar Heels' next home game is against Maryland on March 24.