Joe Breschi

Men’s Lacrosse: Albany Holds Off Furious UNC Comeback, Sends Tar Heels Packing in NCAA First Round

After a Cinderella run to the ACC Tournament Championship, head coach Joe Breschi and the UNC men’s lacrosse team entered the NCAA Tournament with plenty of momentum on their side–and a chance to defend last year’s national title. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, No. 4 seed Albany had other plans. Playing in the comforts of home on Saturday afternoon, the Great Danes (15-2) opened up a 14-3 halftime lead over UNC–before eventually holding on for a 15-12 win in the First Round of this year’s NCAA Tournament. UNC–which finishes its season at 8-8–scored the game’s first goal on a...

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Austin Pifani Selected as ACC Men’s Lacrosse Defender of the Year

Fresh off a surprise ACC Tournament Championship, UNC men’s lacrosse senior Austin Pifani received more good news on Tuesday–when he was named the league’s Defender of the Year. A captain for head coach Joe Breschi in each of the last two years, Pifani has started every game he’s played in during his outstanding career in Chapel Hill–missing just three games due to injury last season. The Roslyn, Pennsylvania native has caused 64 turnovers in his career, including 21 this season. He ranks second in school history in that category, behind only Michael Jarvis (2007-10). Pifani–a First Team All-ACC selection...

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Men’s Lacrosse: UNC Upsets No. 6 Notre Dame, Wins First ACC Tourney Title Since 2013

Entering this weekend’s ACC Tournament, there was no guarantee that the 18th-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team–which entered the event with a 6-7 record–would even have a chance to defend last year’s national championship. Following Sunday’s 14-10 victory in the ACC Championship Game over No. 6 Notre Dame (8-4) at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium, it’s safe to say the rest of the nation should be on high alert. Head coach Joe Breschi and the Tar Heels will not go down without a fight–as they proved last season when they made a Cinderella run to the program’s first NCAA title despite not...

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Tar Heel Men’s Lacrosse Holds Off Top-Ranked Syracuse, Will Play for ACC Title

The 18th-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team came one step closer to salvaging its season on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium in Durham. Despite finishing the year with a 6-7 record, the Tar Heels built a nine-goal halftime lead over No. 1 Syracuse and hung on for a crazy 16-15 victory in the ACC Semifinals. It was a rematch of an overtime thriller between the teams two weeks ago, where Syracuse scored four of the final five goals on the way to a 12-11 win. The Orange (11-2) had also defeated the Tar Heels (7-7) in the ACC Semifinals in...

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Top-Ranked Syracuse Rallies Past UNC Men’s Lacrosse For OT Victory

With Fetzer Field hosting its final two lacrosse games on Saturday, Syracuse made sure neither the UNC men’s or women’s teams could give the stadium a proper send-off. Hours after the Syracuse women ended UNC’s nine-game winning streak, the Orange men–ranked No. 1 in the country–reeled off a stunning comeback to defeat the No. 17 Tar Heels 12-11 in overtime. Sergio Salcido scored the overtime winner for Syracuse–his third score of the day–during an extra-man opportunity. Assisted by Brad Voigt, the play completed a stunning rally that saw the Orange score the final five goals of the afternoon–including four during...

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse Drops Virginia, Hands Head Coach Joe Breschi 100th Win at UNC

Having slipped to No. 19 in the polls after losing four out of five games during a recent homestand, the UNC men’s lacrosse team got back on track Sunday night in Charlottesville. The Tar Heels (6-5, 1-1 ACC) raced out to a seven-goal lead by halftime, then held on to defeat No. 14 Virginia by a score of 15-12–handing head coach Joe Breschi his 100th victory at UNC in his ninth season at the helm in Chapel Hill. Senior attacker Luke Goldstock led the Tar Heel scoring charge with three goals and an assist on what was also Breschi’s...

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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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