No. 5 Tar Heels Take On Pair Of Ranked Opponents
Feb. 19, 2009
Courtesy of North Carolina
Tar Heels Host Two Ranked Teams This Weekend At Fetzer Field: After opening the season with double digit wins over Robert Morris and No. 14 Denver, the No. 5-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels are back at it this weekend hosting a pair of nationally-ranked teams at Fetzer Field. UNC will meet No. 9-ranked Navy Friday at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fetzer Field and No. 17-ranked Colgate Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field. All rankings are according to the Inside Lacrosse/Nike media poll. Both games are parts of doubleheaders with the UNC women's team. UNC's women will meet Oregon Friday at 5 p.m. and Richmond Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission for both games will be free. Fans can enter Fetzer Field in three places - through the Michael Hooker Intramural Fields next to the old Carmichael Auditorium where construction is going on, through the Institute of Government parking lot and through the Eddie Smith/Henry Stadium parking lots.
Tar Heels Host Meet The Team Event Sunday: After Sunday's game with Colgate UNC Sports Marketing will host the annual Meet The Team event with the Tar Heel men's lacrosse team. In addition the first 100 fans into the game will receive free Carolina Crocs. Post-game, the entire team will be available for an autograph session with fans.
Gametracker and ACC Select: Both the Navy and Colgate games can be followed live on TarHeelBlue.com, the nation's most visited collegiate sports website. Gametracker will be up and running for both games. In addition, Sunday's game with Colgate will be webcast live on ACC Select with Michael Crowe doing the play-by-play and Pat Olmert providing the color analysis. Log on to TarHeelBlue.com to find your links to the ACC Select live webcast. ACC Select will be on the air at 12:50 p.m.
Breschi's All-Time Record: New UNC head coach Joe Breschi has started his Tar Heel career 2-0. Now in his 12th year as a head coach, the first 11 at Ohio State, Breschi is 94-63 overall.
Carolina On Cover Of Inside Lacrosse Magazine: Senior midfielder Ben Hunt is featured on the front cover of the March 2009 issue of Inside Lacrosse Magazine. The magazine includes an eight-page feature on the Tar Heels with photography by Triangle area native Peyton Williams.
UNC Versus Navy: Friday's game will mark the 24th meeting in history between North Carolina and Navy. The Midshipmen lead the series 12-11. Navy has had Carolina's number in recent years, winning six of the last seven games. That includes an 8-7 upset win over the No. 4-seeded Tar Heels in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament at Fetzer Field. Carolina's only win in the last six years came in the 2007 NCAA Tournament first round when the Tar Heels beat the Mids 12-8 at Fetzer Field, propelling them to the NCAA quarterfinals. UNC's last regular-season win over Navy came on March 2, 2002 at Fetzer Field when Carolina defeated the No. 14 Midshipmen 11-10 in six overtimes, the longest lacrosse game in NCAA history.
UNC vs. Colgate: The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Colgate 2-0. This will be the second meeting in Chapel Hill. UNC beat the Red Raiders 17-8 here in the 1999 season and then won at Hamilton, N.Y. by a 12-6 count in the 2005 season, a home game for Tar Heel junior attackman Ryan Blair. Blair produced eight points in that game with three goals and eight assists.
The Start To The Breschi Era: Carolina has started the Joe Breschi coaching era in grand style, whipping Robert Morris 16-4 and No. 14 Denver 20-7. The quality of the competition amps up this weekend with games against No. 9 Navy, which knocked the Tar Heels out the 2008 NCAA Tournament in the first round, and No. 17 Colgate, the defending Patriot League champion and an overtime loser to Notre Dame in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Against Robert Morris, which bounced back with an upset win over Penn State last weekend, the Tar Heels dominated the shot battle 63-27 and the ground ball war 56-38. Senior goalkeeper Grant Zimmerman had 12 saves and allowed only four goals in 57 minutes and senior Shane Walterhoefer won 15 of 22 face-offs and led the team with eight ground balls. Against Denver, the Heels were deadly accurate on their shots, taking 40 and scoring 20 goals. UNC's domination of the ground balls was key as the Heels won the war 47-19. Freshman defenseman Charlie McComas and short-stick d-middies Chris Hunt and Tyler Morton shared the team lead in grounders with five.
Walterhoefer Wins 15 Again: When Shane Walterhoefer won 15 ground balls in UNC's 16-4 season-opening win over Robert Morris, it marked the 12th time in his career he has won at least 15 face-offs in a game.
Walterhoefer On The Career Charts: Shane Walterhoefer has now won a school record 483 face-offs in his career. He set the record in the final game of the 2008 season.
Bitter and Petracca Start Out Hot: Attackmen Billy Bitter, a sophomore, and Gavin Petracca, a junior, have started out on fire for the Tar Heels. Bitter scorched Robert Morris for five goals and one assist and Petracca added four goals and one assist. Bitter set career highs for points and goals in a game against Robert Morris. He had scored three goals as a freshman against Cornell on March 2, 2008 and had three points as a freshman in that Cornell game and against Duke on March 15, 2008. Against Denver, Bitter rang up three goals and four assists and Petracca had four goals and four assists. Bart Wagner and Ben Hunt also had three goals in the game and Sean Delaney and Cryder DiPietro had two each. Against the Pioneers, Petracca set career highs for assists in a game with four - he previously had three each against Bellarmine on March 7, 2007, Notre Dame on March 10, 2007 and Johns Hopkins on March 31, 2007. His eight points were also a career high, eclipsing the six he had against Vermont on March 13, 2007. Cryder DiPietro equaled his career high for goals in a game with two against the Pioneers. He also had two against Bellarmine on February 16, 2008 and against Duke on April 25, 2008. Bitter's seven points went one better than his previous career high of six against Robert Morris a week before. His four assists were also a career high, bettering the three he had at Duke on March 15, 2008.
Petracca Named ACC Player Of The Week: North Carolina's Gavin Petracca was named the first 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, February 15. Petracca helped the fifth-ranked Tar Heels reach their highest goal tally in a single game since 2001 in a 20-7 victory over 14th-ranked Denver before a crowd of 1,243 at Fetzer Field. The junior from Manhasset, N.Y., tallied eight shots, six on goal, four goals and a career-high four assists in the Tar Heels' second victory on the young season. Petracca's eight points broke his previous career-high of six points versus Vermont in 2007. The attacker registered three of his goals and three of his assists in a 12-0 scoring run that broke open the game from an 8-6 halftime lead to a 20-6 advantage.
Petracca Featured On NCAA.com: Redshirt junior attackman Gavin Petracca was the featured men's lacrosse podcast this past Monday on NCAA.com. You can find the link to the podcast on TarHeelBlue.com's main men's lacrosse page. Tar Heels Explode For 20 Goals: The 20 goals UNC scored last Saturday against Denver were the most scored by UNC since a 27-7 win over Pfeiffer on April 26, 2001 at Henry Stadium. It was the most goals scored by UNC against an NCAA Division I opponent since April 16, 1997 when UNC won at VMI by a 22-2 score.
Hunt's Current Scoring Streak: Senior middie Ben Hunt of Arnold, Md., is tied for the 10th longest current scoring streak in the NCAA. Hunt has scored at least one point in 16 successive games. The streak started on April 27, 2007. He has 27 goals and 10 assists for 37 points in those 16 games.
Bart Wagner Has Scored In All But Two Career Games: North Carolina senior attackman Bart Wagner had the third-longest scoring streak in NCAA Division I lacrosse before it was snapped against Ohio State on April 12, 2009. Wagner had scored at least one point in 38 successive games, a streak which started on February 26, 2006 against the University of Denver in an 11-8 loss to the Pioneers at Denver. At the time his streak ended, Wagner was tied for third on the list with Ohio State's Kevin Buchanan. Only Matt Danowski of Duke and Mike Leveille of Syracuse had longer scoring streaks in their careers at that time. During the 38-game scoring streak, Wagner had scored 49 goals and added 47 assists for 96 points. In fact, Wagner has scored at least one point in 44 of 46 career games at UNC. His only scoreless games came against Air Force on February 25, 2006 during the second game of his Tar Heel career and against Ohio State on April 12, 2008. Wagner led the Tar Heels in scoring in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He has 60 career goals and 53 career assists for a total of 113 career points heading into the Navy game.