Just over five minutes into the game, Bitter made a nifty move from behind the net before getting denied by Harvard goalkeeper Bryan Moore. A scrum ensued in front of Harvard’s goal and Bitter scooped up the ball and scored from one knee to tie the UNC record and give the Tar Heels (9-0) the early 1-0 lead.
“I didn’t even know that was a UNC record,” said Bitter with a laugh. “That’s cool. It’s definitely an honor because there have been a lot of great players here.”
Bitter followed his early goal with three more first-quarter goals. By the 6:55 mark of the first quarter Bitter had already notched his 19th career hat trick, on his way to a five-goal and two-assist performance.
The early energy could be seen and heard from the Tar Heels, something Coach Joe Breschi said was a big point of emphasis.