The No. 8 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team has cruised through its early stretch of games this season, defeating its first three opponents by a combined 37 goals.
This staggering goal count can largely be attributed to the 24-8 victory the Tar Heels had against unranked Lafayette on Saturday, the team's first 20-goal game since the 2019 opener.
With all of this goal-scoring glory to go around, it could be easy for players to start worrying about their personal statistics.
But the Tar Heels don't.
Head coach Joe Breschi says it’s this unselfish team mentality that has allowed, and will continue to allow, his team to be successful.
“It’s so critical,” Breschi said. “If we buy in, which I think we’re doing a good job of, I think we can get even better about not caring who gets the credit: who gets the assist, who gets the goal. If we focus on us all scoring together, I think we can be a really, really talented offensive team.”
North Carolina’s sharing of the ball and scoring balance was evident in the first period. Their first six goals of the game were each scored by a different player.
This mentality isn’t just present at the top with the coaching staff — it's ingrained into the culture of the team.
Junior attackman Alex Trippi put up a career-high four goals, three of which came in the first half. His first half hat-trick was vital to the Tar Heels’ offensive production early on, especially in a time when the outcome of the game was still in question.