Joe Breschi

Maryland Crushes UNC Men’s Lacrosse in National Championship Rematch

The defining moment in the history of the UNC men’s lacrosse program came last Memorial Day, when head coach Joe Breschi’s Tar Heels knocked off Maryland to win their first ever national championship. The 10th-ranked Terrapins (5-2) had to wait almost a year for their revenge, but they found it Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field–as they cruised to a 15-7 win over No. 14 UNC. Attacker Dylan Maltz scored three goals on three shots to lead the Maryland offense, which opened up a 9-3 halftime lead and never once had to play from behind. The Tar Heels (5-4) received a...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Snaps Two-Game Skid, Blows Out Dartmouth

After suffering back-to-back losses at home to Hofstra and Richmond, the No. 7 UNC men’s lacrosse team received a much needed pick-me-up on Saturday night–earning a 17-6 victory over Dartmouth at Fetzer Field. Luke Goldstock, Andy Matthews and Chris Cloutier each notched a hat trick for the Tar Heels, who had 10 different players find the back of the net throughout the course of the game. Cloutier–a junior attacker–also matched his career high by tallying four assists to go along with his three goals. Dartmouth got two goals from Richie Loftus late in the first quarter, which allowed the...

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Richmond Delivers UNC Men’s Lacrosse Second Loss in Three Days

With rain falling heavily over Navy Field in Chapel Hill on Monday night, the seventh-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team saw its offense hit a major roadblock in a 6-5 loss to the No. 19 Richmond Spiders. The Tar Heels (4-3) matched a season-low in scoring, as they also suffered their second loss in a three-day span after losing at home to Hofstra over the weekend. Junior attacker Chris Cloutier scored two goals for UNC, with Michael Tagliaferri, Andy Matthews and Brian Cannon each adding one apiece to the Tar Heel effort. Of those goals, however, only Cannon’s was scored...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Upsets Top-Ranked Denver

The seventh-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team made a loud statement Saturday afternoon, traveling to face the No. 1 Denver Pioneers in the Mile High City–and coming out with a 13-9 upset victory. Senior attacker Luke Goldstock scored four goals–all in the first half–to lead the Tar Heel offense at Peter Barton Stadium, with Justin Anderson and Chris Cloutier each adding two goals apiece for head coach Joe Breschi. UNC (4-1) also received an amazing 17 saves from goalie Brian Balkam–turning the tables a week after No. 5 Johns Hopkins handed the team its first loss of the season thanks...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Suffers First Loss of Season vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins

As the third-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team opened its 2017 season with three consecutive wins by a margin of nearly eight goals per game, head coach Joe Breschi’s Tar Heels looked like a well-oiled machine dead set on repeating as national champions. Their first big test of the season came on Saturday against No. 5 Johns Hopkins in front of a great crowd at Fetzer Field. The Blue Jays were none too interested in a coronation, however, taking the lead just over a minute into the game–before pulling away for a 13-5 blowout victory that snapped a seven-game UNC...

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Tar Heel Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Lehigh, Improves to 3-0

Much like their women’s counterparts, the UNC men’s lacrosse team appears to have forgotten how to lose. The Tar Heels opened 2017 with their third consecutive victory after defeating Lehigh 15-8 on Saturday at Fetzer Field–this after closing last year with the program’s first ever national title. Despite losing the top spot in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25–dropping down to No. 3 this week–UNC put together yet another blowout win. Senior Luke Goldstock led the way with five goals on Saturday, as head coach Joe Breschi’s squad continues to boast an average margin of victory of nearly eight goals...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Coaches Poll, Seven Players Named All-Americans

Now just two weeks from beginning its season-long defense of last year’s NCAA Championship, the UNC men’s lacrosse team will start 2017 as the top-ranked team in America. The USILA/Nike Preseason Coaches Poll released on Tuesday placed the Tar Heels atop the list, while Inside Lacrosse–which also released its Preseason Top 20–ranked UNC at No. 2 behind Denver University. All five ACC lacrosse schools–a list that also includes Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame and Syracuse–were ranked among the top 14 in both polls. Senior defender Austin Pifani was the lone Tar Heel to receive First Team status on Inside Lacrosse’s...

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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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