Joe Breschi

UNC Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Lehigh, Picks Up Second Straight OT Victory

Drama seems to be the theme for the 13th-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team here in the early portion of the 2018 season, as the Tar Heels needed overtime one again to defeat Lehigh 12-11 Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium. Midfielder William Perry’s fourth goal of the game came just 36 seconds into the extra period and improved UNC’s record to 3-0 so far in 2018. It was also the team’s second consecutive overtime victory, following a 15-14 win over Furman last week. In addition to Perry’s outstanding day, the Tar Heels received three goals from attacker Timmy Kelly and...

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Justin Anderson’s OT Goal Helps UNC Men’s Lacrosse Escape Furman’s Upset Bid

Midfielder Justin Anderson scored 31 seconds into the first overtime period on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium, to give the ninth-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse team a 15-14 victory over the upset-minded Furman Paladins. Anderson had three assists already to that point, but his game-winner was his first, and only, goal of the afternoon. The bulk of UNC’s offense came from senior attacker Chris Cloutier and midfielder Tanner Cook–who each had five goals apiece. It was a back-and-forth affair in every way imaginable, as Furman built a 4-1 lead in the first quarter before UNC rallied to take a 9-5...

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Men’s Lacrosse: Preseason ACC Poll Has UNC Selected to Finish Third, Two Tar Heels Named All-ACC

Preseason men’s lacrosse polls and awards were released Tuesday by the ACC league office, with UNC picked to finish third in the conference and a pair of Tar Heels making the All-ACC team. In voting conducted by the conference’s five head coaches, Duke and Notre Dame were selected as co-favorites to win the league title. Syracuse and Virginia were picked to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. The coaches also named UNC senior attacker Chris Cloutier–the Most Outstanding Player during the Tar Heels’ 2016 national title run–and junior defender Jack Rowlett to the 13-player preseason All-ACC roster. Each team had...

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UNC Releases 2018 Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

The schedule for the upcoming 2018 UNC men’s lacrosse season was released on Friday, with the season opener set for Feb. 3 at home against Lafayette. UNC heads into the new year fresh off an ACC Tournament Championship in 2017, and is seeking its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Following the opener against Lafayette, head coach Joe Breschi’s squad will take on Furman and Lehigh at home–before traveling to face perennial powerhouse Johns Hopkins on Feb. 23. Other notable non-conference matchups include a home showdown with Denver on March 5 and a neutral-site game in Costa Mesa, California on...

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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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