University of North Carolina Athletics
February 18, 2012
Denver (8-6) at North Carolina (11-5)
After a slow start, the Tar Heels and coach Joe Breschi have found their stride.
"We learned to play hard," he said. "I'm happy for the guys. We figured things out and made progress. We aren't worried about outside expectations. We just want to play fast."
Marcus Holman (Gilman) sets the tone with a balanced resume of skills.
"Holman is a winner," Breschi said. "He organizes us and meshes well with freshman Joey Sankey and Jimmy Bitter." The three attackmen present matchup issues because of their quickness.
Added Denver coach Bill Tierney: "They are the most complete attack out there, with three guys who are quick, smart, have great lacrosse IQ and can all feed and shoot with great accuracy."
Both teams are built to short-circuit the scoreboard. The faceoff battle features two of best in the business: Denver's Chase Carraro and North Carolina's R.G. Keenan (Boys' Latin). You can't score without the ball.