UNC Set to Welcome 2012-2013 Lacrosse Recruiting Class

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. University of North Carolina head men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi formally announced Wednesday his third full recruiting class since taking over the reins of the Tar Heel program. Another outstanding group of prospective student-athletes will enroll at Carolina next month.

The class includes midfielder Brent Armstrong of Falls Church, Va.; goalkeeper Kieran Burke of Fort Salonga, N.Y.; defenseman Evan Connell of Lutherville, Md.; long-stick midfielder Nick Fonte of Freehold, N.J.; attackman Patrick Kelly of Lutherville, Md.; midfielder Jake Matthai of Baltimore, Md.; attackman midfielder Spencer Parks of Fallston, Md; midfielder Steve Pontrello of Marlton, N.J.; defenseman Zach Powers of Columbus, Ohio; long-stick midfielder Mark Rizzo of Hewlett, N.Y.; goalkeeper Duncan Saunders of Lawrenceville, N.J.; midfielder Brian Sherlock of Nissequogue, N.Y.; and midfielder Michael Tagliaferri of Danville, Calif.

Bio information on each member of UNC's recruiting class follows:

Brent Armstrong is a 6-0, 190-pound midfielder from Falls Church, Va., and the son of John and Beth Armstrong. He graduated this past spring from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va. Armstrong was a member of the U.S. U19 National Team which played in the FIL World Championships in Finland in July 2012. He was named to the 2012 Under Armour All-America Team. A two-time team captain, he eled St. Stephens and St. Agnes to state championships in 2010 and 2012, being named the championship game MVP as a senior. Armstrong totaled 161 points in his career on 98 goals and 63 assists. He had 48 goals and 31 assists as a senior.

Kieran Burke is a 5-11, 190-pound goalkeeper from Fort Salonga, N.Y., and the son of Brian and Grace Burke. He has been the starting varsity goalkeeper at St. Anthony's High School in Dix Hills, N.Y., where he also played football. He helped lead St. Anthony's to three successive Catholic League school championships on Long Island and was named the Catholic League goalkeeper of the year in 2011. He captained the St. Anthony's team in 2012. He is the younger brother of a pair of former Tar Heel lacrosse players - Brian (Class of 2008) and Sean (Class of 2010).

Evan Connell is a 6-0, 180-pound defenseman from Lutherville, Md., and the son ofMichael and Tracy Connell. He graduated from Calvert Hall High School in Towson, Md., where he was a standout in both lacrosse and soccer. A standoutdefender, he totaled 140 career ground balls with a career high 54 in his junior season. The #18 ranked senior in the Class of 2012 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, Connell led Calvert Hall to the 2012 MIAA championship. A 2012 Under Armour All-America selection, he was a two-time All-Metro, two-time All-MIAA and two-time first-team All-State selection. He captained Calvert Hall as a senior and twice won the team's defensive MVP accolade.

Nick Fonte is a 5-11, 195-pound long-stick midfielder from Freehold, N.J., and the son of Mark Fonte and Judy Fonte. Fonte played his first three years of high school lacrosse at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., before transferring to the Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ontario as a senior. As a junior he was an All-Conference selection at Christian Brothers and then served as the Hill Academy's team captain as a senior. He was the valedictorian of the senior class at the Hill Academy in 2012.

Patrick Kelly is a 5-11, 180-pound attackman from Lutherville, Md., and the son of David (UNC Class of '89) and Melissa Kelly. Kelly attended Calvert Hall High School in Towson, Md., where he wascoached by his uncle Bryan (UNC Class of '91). Kelly led Calvert Hall to the MIAA championship as a senior when he scored 44 goals and had 40 assists. Kelly was an Under Armour All-America as a senior and finished his studies at Calvert Hall with a 4.0 grade point average. His brother David plays lacrosse at Rutgers and his cousin Frankie is a rising junior on the Tar Heel team. He was a two-time first-team All-MIAA selection and two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro choice. Kelly was the winner of the C. Markland Kelly Award as the top high school player in the state as asenior. He was also named the Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in 2012.

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