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Joe Breschi Named National Lacrosse Coach of the Year

It’s been nearly seven months since the UNC men’s lacrosse team took home the program’s first national championship with a thrilling win on the field over Maryland, but other honors continued to roll in after that game. The most recent came on Friday, when the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association recognized Tar Heel head coach Joe Breschi as its 2016 National Coach of the Year. He became the first UNC coach to win the award since Willie Scroggs in 1981. Having received great support from the coaching body following the tragic death of his 3-year-old son Michael back in 2004,...

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Seven UNC Coaches Receive New Contracts

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be the mantra that the UNC Athletic Department is operating under, as it was announced Thursday that the school came to an agreement on brand new three-year deals for five of its head coaches and extended the contracts of two more. The group receiving the multi-year deals consists of: Anson Dorrance (women’s soccer), Sam Paul (men’s tennis), Joe Breschi (men’s lacrosse), Carlos Somoano (men’s soccer) and Karen Shelton (field hockey). Believe it or not, it’s the first multi-year deal for each of the coaches listed above. All five of them...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Assistant Chris Feifs Takes Head Job at Vermont

Looking to build upon a nine-win season a year ago–its best in the last decade–the University of Vermont men’s lacrosse team had an important decision looming after former head coach Ryan Curtis stepped down. In response, the school simply turned its eyes to the most recent national champions. UNC defensive coordinator Chris Feifs–an assistant for seven years under Joe Breschi–accepted the Catamounts’ offer on Wednesday to become the seventh head coach in the program’s history. Vermont’s Director of Athletics, Jeff Schulman, made the announcement. “During the search process, Chris impressed us with his passion for teaching and strong commitment...

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Carolina Kids Classic Golf Tournament Raises $93,000

The UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill played host Thursday morning to the 28th annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament In all, $93,000 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. A wide variety of local residents and donors joined together with sports figures such as UNC head football coach Larry Fedora and head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi to celebrate a worthy cause. Founded by the legendary voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley, the tournament has raised over $3.6 million for the charity since its inception in 1988. The...

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Six UNC Men’s Lacrosse Players Named All-Americans

It’s now official. Not only did this year’s edition of the UNC men’s lacrosse team become the first to win the national championship with six losses–it also did it without a single first-team All-American. The Tar Heels did, however, get six players named to either the second, third or honorable mention teams. Senior defensive midfielder Jake Matthai–the 6-foot-6 captain with the long blonde mane–led the way with his selection as a second-team All-American. UNC’s other captain–junior defenseman Austin Pifani–was chosen to the third team for his work in 2016, which included 14 forced turnovers. After switching from a midfielder...

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Healthy Competition Motivated UNC’s Lacrosse Teams to National Titles

Success breeds success. Within the UNC athletic program, it’s a motto that promotes good-spirited competition between each of the different Tar Heel teams. Nowhere was it more evident than in Philadelphia this past weekend, when the school’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams each defeated Maryland on back-to-back days to win national championships. Following the women’s title victory on Sunday, head coach Jenny Levy gave her team the option to fly home that night or stay an extra day to watch the men’s championship game on Monday. Even though staying meant having to ride home on a bus, they all...

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Tar Heels Stun No. 1 Maryland in OT to Win Men’s Lacrosse National Championship

With his hat turned backwards, and a smile stretching from ear to ear, UNC head men’s lacrosse coach finally got a chance to say what he’s been waiting to say since taking the job back in 2009. As he hugged the TV interviewer, Breschi couldn’t hold it back. “We just won the National Championship, baby!” In a thrilling game that saw each team rally from multiple goal deficits, sophomore attacker Chris Cloutier delivered the knockout blow in overtime–giving the Tar Heels a 14-13 upset over top-ranked Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. UNC (12-6) picks up its fifth...

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Cloutier Sparks UNC’s Win over Loyola, Tar Heels on to NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final

It was almost like re-watching the same movie or Vine over and over again. Chris Cloutier just kept scoring and scoring and…well you get the point. When it was all said and done, the UNC sophomore attacker ended up with a Final Four record nine goals–as the Tar Heels hammered the No. 7 Loyola Greyhounds 18-13 in Saturday’s NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semifinal at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. It was the latest outstanding performance from a UNC squad (11-6) that clearly is peaking at the right time. The reward is a shot for the school’s first National Championship in the...

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After Emotional Week, UNC Men’s Lacrosse Turns Focus to Loyola

When UNC men’s lacrosse head coach Joe Breschi broke down into tears following last weekend’s win over Notre Dame, it capped off what had been an extremely emotional week for the Tar Heels. Their task this week in Philadelphia, though, is to try and set those emotions aside as they prepare to face the No. 7 Loyola Greyhounds in the Final Four on Saturday. A self-proclaimed “big relationship guy,” Breschi and his team shared a few special moments when UNC had to travel to Columbus, Ohio—where he once coached at Ohio State—for its quarterfinal matchup against the Fighting Irish....

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