Stepping into his team’s meeting room — which had been converted into a press room Saturday — after defeating top-ranked Maryland, North Carolina men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi couldn’t control himself.
Hyped on adrenaline, the coach threw an uppercut into the air and shouted before composing himself for questions about how he took out a team with such a highly-touted offense.
But the answers were all behind him.
On the whiteboard Breschi was standing in front of were the keys to No. 6 UNC’s victory — an in-depth report on UMD’s offense and how the Tar Heels would stop them.
It was almost as if what had just happened on the field had been magically marked onto board before the game in such a way that would tell the future.
Let’s get this straight. The UNC defense is for real.
For the first three games of the season, the Tar Heel defense padded its goals-against average against cupcake teams like Furman, but as the season progressed and competition got tougher, the criticism began.
After giving up 11 goals against a Princeton , despite winning the game, the likes of ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich were quick to point out that UNC lacked off-ball discipline against the Tigers prolific offense.