Senior attackman Joey Sankey tallied his 214th career point, making him UNC’s all-time leading scorer — passing Marcus Holman — and helping the No. 4 Tar Heels take down No. 2 Syracuse 17-15 Saturday afternoon.
“You can’t even put it into words,” said sophomore attackman Luke Goldstock, who led the Tar Heels with four goals and an assist. “He works so hard every day. He’s so unselfish, and he would do anything for us to win.”
The record-breaker came on a shot from Sankey with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter to put UNC ahead 17-11. As both teams prepared for the ensuing faceoff, the record was announced over the loud speaker as the crowd rose to a standing ovation and good friend, and fellow senior, Jimmy Bitter embraced Sankey in a hug big enough for two.
“Being able to play with Marcus for two years, he gave me a lot of those points,” Sankey said. “But I’ve played with so many great players here, and without them this wouldn’t have happened at all. So you really have to credit the whole program, but it’s a huge honor and I’m really thankful for it.”