North Carolina Finalizes Lacrosse Recruiting Class for 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. University of North Carolina head lacrosse coach Joe Breschi has finalized his recruiting contingent from the high school class of 2013. These 10 prospective student-athletes will enroll at Carolina later this month and join a large contingent of returning letter winners on the 2014 UNC squad next spring.

North Carolina is coming off its most successful season since 1996, as the 2013 team finished 13-4 overall, won the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship as well as a share of the regular season title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and was ranked No. 1 in the final USILA coaches' poll.

The incoming class includes goalkeeper Brian Balkam (St. James, N.Y.), midfielder Brett Bedard (Annapolis, Md.), attackman Luke Goldstock (Niskayuna, N.Y.), midfielder Tate Jozokos (Wolfeboro, N.H.), midfielder Stephen Kelly (Lutherville, Md.), midfielder Peyton Klawinski (Memphis, Tenn.), defenseman Jack Lambert (Cross River, N.Y.), defenseman Ryan Macri (Hamilton, Mass.), defenseman Austin Pifani (Roslyn, Pa.) and midfielder/attackman Shane Simpson (Hamilton, Ontario).

Brian Michael Balkam is the son of Kevin and Michelle Balkam and a native of St. James, N.Y. He is an alumnus of Smithtown East High School where he was a four-year starter in goal on the lacrosse team and a two-year starter at linebacker on the football squad. In 63 career games, he made 757 saves and allowed 464 goals for a .620 save percentage and a 7.4 goals against average. As a senior, he had a .659 save percentage while leading his team to a 14-4 record. A U.S. Lacrosse All-America as a senior, Balkam was All-County and All-Division in Suffolk County both his junior and senior years. He was the team captain and defensive MVP of Smithtown East in his final two campaigns. He was ranked among the Top 50 rising juniors and rising seniors in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

Brett Foster Bedard hails from Annapolis, Md., and is the son of Tom and Stephanie Bedard. He was a two-sport standout at the Severn School where he started in the midfield on the lacrosse team for four years and three-year starter in football as a running back and linebacker. He was the captain of both teams his senior year. Bedard won first-team All-MIAA lacrosse honors his final two seasons and was first-team All-County both years as well. Bedard was a C. Markland Kelly Award nominee his senior year as the top player in the MIAA. He finished his career with 109 goals and 46 assists for 155 points. He was remarkably consistent throughout his career, with 30 goals as a sophomore, 32 goals as a junior and 33 goals as a senior.

Luke Jerome Goldstock is the son of Lenny and Maryann Goldstock. He hails from Niskayuna, N.Y., where he graduated this past spring from Niskayuna High School. Goldstock played three years of varsity lacrosse and golf as a prep player. The attackman finished his stellar high school career with 193 goals and 126 assists for 319 points. He had 78 goals and 40 assists his senior year and 83 goals and 61 assists his junior campaign. In both of those seasons he led Niskayuna to the New York state semifinals. Goldstock was the two-time Schenectady Times Union player of the year and a 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-America.

Tate Michael Jozokos is the son of Matthew and Amber Jozokos and a native of Wolfeboro, N.H. A multi-faceted athlete, he played four years of lacrosse, basketball and football at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, Mass. A midfielder on the lacrosse field, he finished his four years with 133 goals, 112 assists and 347 ground balls, including 44 goals and 96 ground balls in his senior season. As a senior he was the player of the year in the Independent School League and both a U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-America honoree. A three-way threat in football as a quarterback, defensive back and punter, Jozokos was the New England Class "B" player of the year in 2012 and the ISL player of the year on the gridiron.

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