Holman Heads Up UNC All-America Honorees
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Five members of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference champion University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team have been named to the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Teams announced Thursday.
Senior attackman Marcus Holman (Baltimore, Md.) headed up UNC's selections as he was named a first-teamer, his third time being named to a USILA All-America Team. Midfielder Chad Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) was named a second-team All-America and sophomore Joey Sankey (Warminster, Pa.) was tapped for the third team. Both Tutton and Sankey are first-time All-Americas.
Attackman Jimmy Bitter (Stowe, Vt.) and midfielder Ryan Creighton (West Chester, Pa.) were both named honorable mention All-America for the second successive season.
Holman, who was honorable mention in 2011 and second team last year, is a finalist for the 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy. He led UNC with 80 points in 2013, just one shy of the school record. His 43 assists were the third most in a single season. He finished his career as Carolina's all-time leading point producer while ranking second in goals and third in assists. He was the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and All-ACC as well.
Tutton was Carolina's leading point producer in the midfield. He finished with 35 points on 28 goals and seven assists and scored goals in all but one game this season. His 28 goals were the most by a Tar Heel midfielder since Sean DeLaney tallied 35 in 2009. Sankey was UNC's second-leading scorer with 56 points on 36 goals and 20 assists. An All-ACC selection, his 58 career goals are the second-most by a sophomore in Carolina history.
Jimmy Bitter was the Tar Heels' third-leading scorer with 32 goals and 20 assists for 52 points. He ended the year with 59 career goals, the most by a sophomore in UNC history. He will carry a 27-game points streak into the 2014 campaign. Creighton led UNC's defensive midfield efforts in 2013 while also having his most productive season offensively. His 11 goals were the most ever in a season by a Tar Heel who exclusively played short-stick defensive midfield. He led UNC in shooting percentage at .611.
The Tar Heels lose only Holman to graduation from this group of All-America selections.