Breschi Announces UNC Recruits for Class of '15

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. University of North Carolina men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi Tuesday announced a 12-man recruiting class for the group that will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.

The class includes defenseman Jake Bailey of Fairport, N.Y.,attackman Jimmy Bitter of Stowe, Vt., midfielder Walker Chafee of Little Compton, R.I., midfielder Joe Costigan of New Canaan, Conn., defenseman Dane Dickey of Moorestown, N.J., midfielder Drew Hays of Fairport, N.Y., midfielder Derek Henson of Mason, Ohio, defenseman Ryan Kilpatrick of West Chester, Pa., attackman Joey Sankey of Warminster, Pa., defenseman Matt Shannon of Ridgefield, Conn., defenseman Brian Sullivan of Buffalo, N.Y., and attackman Chad Tutton of Vaughn, Ontario.

Bitter, Chafee, Sullivan, Kilpatrick and Sankey were named to the Under Armour All-America Teams for 2011. They will play in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, July 2 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Jacob Goodall Bailey is the son of Laurie-Anne and Bob Bailey. A 6-5, 215-pound defenseman, he is an alumnus of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., where he played for coach Paul Jordan. As a senior he had 62 ground balls and was named first-team New York Section V as well as the Section V Defensive Player of the Year. Bailey was selected first-team All-Greater Rochester Area Lacrosse League his final three years as a prepster and was the GRALL Co-Player of the Year as a senior. Bailey earned an invitation to try out for the U.S. U19 Team which will compete in the World Championship in Finland in 2012. He was the McQuaid team MVP as a junior and as a freshman he played on a McQuaid team which won the GRALL championship. Last summer, he was named to the Under Armour Underclassmen Games Team for Upstate New York and played for the bronze medal-winning Western team in the Empire State Games. Bailey is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the 2011 US Lacrosse High School Academic All-America Team.

James Joseph Bitter is the son of Ward and Nancy Bitter and he becomes the second member of his family to play for the Tar Heels, succeeding his brother Billy, who graduated from UNC in 2011. Jimmy is the youngest of the six Bitter siblings and grew up in Manhasset, N.Y., but now lives in Stowe, Vt. A 5-9, 160-pound attackman, he is a graduate of the Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass., where he was coached by Chip Davis. A 2011 high school All-America, Bitter will also be played in the National Under Armour Game on July 2. As a senior he led Deerfield in scoring with 75 points on 52 goals and 23 assists. He won the Stephen Lindsay Award as the most valuable attackman in Western NewEngland Division I in 2011, a feat also accomplished by his brother Billy in 2007. The captain of the Deerfield team as a senior, he was a three-time All-New England selection and was the team's leading scorer as a sophomore and senior. Deerfield lost only two games in his career, winning the Western New England title his sophomore campaign, playing on a DA team which tied the school record for wins in a season with 16 in 2010 and leading another WNE title team in 2011 that finished 15-0. Bitter has been honored on the FCA National Team and the Long Island Under Armour Team. He is also an honor roll student at DA.

Walker Chafee is the son of Mark and Amelia Chafee. He is a 6-5, 200-pound midfielder who has been chosen as a 2011 Under Armour All-America. Chafee attended Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., where he was coached by Bobby Wynne. As a senior, Chafee scored 23 goals and had 20 assists and was tapped as All-League in the Western New England Prep School Lacrosse Association. A two-time All-America selection, he was the Western New England Midfielder of the Year as a junior and earned second-team All-State honors as early as his freshman year in high school. He led Salisbury to back-to-back Western NewEngland Private School Lacrosse Association titles in 2009 and 2010. He's been an honor roll student every trimester of school and was a dorm prefect as a senior.

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