Victorious Weekend for UNC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse

The highly-ranked UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse teams won in dominating fashion over the weekend.

The No. 11 men’s team blitzed No. 20 Virginia right out of the gate, jumping out to a 10-1 lead in the first 24 minutes of action. The Tar Heels rode that momentum to a 16-8 victory in the game played in Kenan Stadium.

Six Tar Heels scored twice on the way to doubling up the Cavaliers.

UNC improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The Tar Heels will next travel to No. 10 Syracuse next Saturday afternoon.

For the UNC women’s team, the third-ranked Tar Heels remain undefeated in conference play with a 15-5 thrashing of No. 5 Louisville. The Tar Heels got a career-high 13 saves from senior goalie Megan Ward.

UNC is now 11-2 on the season and 5-0 in ACC play.

The Tar Heel women’s team will also face Syracuse on Saturday.

Senior Day for Tar Heel Men’s Lacrosse

The No. 5 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team, 8-2 overall and 1-2 in conference, will take on No. 8 Virginia, 8-3 on the season and 1-2 in ACC play, Saturday at 3 p.m. for Senior Day in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels are riding a three-game winning streak into the border battle while Virginia lost to former No. 1 Maryland last weekend.

Saturday will be the 71st meeting between UNC and UVA. The teams have met in the regular season every year since the 1964 season.

Virginia leads the all-time series 47-23, but Carolina has won three matches in a row against the Cavaliers.

The 3 p.m. game at Fetzer Field will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Starts 2014 Campaign No. 3 Nationally, Women Top-Ranked

CHAPEL HILL– The Carolina men’s lacrosse team is ranked third in the 2014 NCAA Division I lacrosse preseason rankings published by Lacrosse Magazine.

The defending ACC champion Tar Heels will have their work cut out for them if they are to repeat as champions this year. Conference rival Duke is ranked as the top team in the nation.

In fact, all six members of the remodeled ACC are ranked in the top 10. Denver is the only non-ACC team featured in the top five. The Pioneers knocked off the Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament last season.

And as for the women’s lacrosse team, they’ll start out the season with the No. 1 ranking, according to the magazine.

The rankings were created by Lacrosse Magazine staff after talking with college coaches.

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20

1. Duke
2. Syracuse
3. North Carolina
4. Denver
5. Notre Dame
6. Princeton
7. Maryland
8. Penn State
9. Virginia
10. Albany
11. Loyola
12. Yale
13. Johns Hopkins
14. Bucknell
15. Ohio State
16. Lehigh
17. Penn
18. Cornell
19. St. John’s
20. Villanova

ACC Sweep: Tar Heels Join Conference Rivals at Top of NCAA Lax Ranks

CHAPEL HILL– The Carolina men’s lacrosse team is ranked third nationally in a preseason poll for Inside Lacrosse Magazine. But Carolina has some familiar company at the top.

All four top spots in the poll are comprised of ACC teams. Defending NCAA champion Duke claims No. 1 while Syracuse, Carolina and Notre Dame round out the top four.

The rankings were released Monday. The Face-Off Yearbook rankings are decided on by the Inside Lacrosse staff. Last year’s results, graduated and returning players, new recruits and other offseason developments factor into the list.

The 2013 ACC Champion Tar Heels will strive to improve upon their NCAA quarterfinal loss to Denver last season.

UNC lacrosse begins their regular season Feb. 9 at Furman.

Complete IL Preseason Rankings:

1. Duke
2. Syracuse
3. North Carolina
4. Notre Dame
5. Denver
6. Maryland
7. Ohio State
8. Penn State
9. Virginia
10. Yale
11. Penn
12. Albany
13. Princeton
14. Johns Hopkins
15. Bucknell
16. St. John’s
17. Cornell
18. Villanova
19. Loyola
20. Towson

UNC Lacrosse Promotes Myers To Associate Head Coach

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati

CHAPEL HILL- UNC men’s lacrosse head coach, Joe Breschi, announced Tuesday that Pat Myers will take on the role of associate head coach.

Myers has been a member of the staff for five seasons and will assume his new role immediately.

Breschi says Myers is well deserving of the promotion as he is one of the premier offensive coaches in the nation and is a top recruiter for the Tar Heels, bringing in top talent to Chapel Hill each and every year.

Myers’ past roles with the team include, head assistant coach, offensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. Last season, Myers’ offense was ranked fourth best in the country, scoring an impressive 13.35 goals per game. In fact, that tally marked the highest scoring average for the Tar Heels since the 1996 season.

Myers says he is grateful for the recognition and is excited about his future as he continues with his coaching in Chapel Hill.