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Lacrosse the Internet: February 4, 2014

Breschi talks about the pressure to succeed at Carolina and more.

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North Carolina's Joe Breschi not concerned with mounting pressure to win NCAA title
I'm not sure that Breschi is being totally truthful here:

“To tell you the truth, six years ago, I don’t think anybody was talking about winning championships,” said Breschi, a Baltimore native and Loyola Blakefield graduate. “They were talking about winning an ACC game and the fact that now the discussion revolves around taking that next step to winning a national championship is exciting. It shows how far the program has come. I think our guys have done a wonderful job of blocking out the outside and all of the expectations of others and really focusing on us getting better on a daily basis.”

It's not like North Carolina was in shambles when Breschi took over in Chapel Hill for the 2009 season. The team had been to the NCAA Tournament in the two years immediately preceding Breschi’s first season at Carolina (and was a seeded team in each tournament). The 'Heels hadn't made it out of the quarterfinals in those two seasons (in fact, the team crashed out in the first round in 2008), but this is far from a program that wasn't a nationally-relevant team (despite Carolina's back-to-back winless ACC campaigns). Hell, the team went 18-9 from 2007 through 2008 and had a handful of USILA All-Americans (Tim Kaiser, Ben Hunt, Nick Tintle, Bart Wagner, and Grant Zimmerman). It wasn't nuclear winter in Chapel Hill when Breschi arrived.

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