The UNC Men’s Lacrosse team upset No. 3 seed Notre Dame 13-9 yesterday, which brings the program to the Final Four for the first time since 1993. The Tar Heels raced onto the field to celebrate, undoubtedly experiencing a wide range of emotions. However, the most emotional of them all was head coach Joe Breschi.
Sunday morning before the game, Breschi went to a nearby cemetery to visit his late son, Michael, who died in an auto accident at the age of 3 in 2004. He shared this intimate moment with his team.
“I went to the cemetery to visit my son, you know it was a great moment, and I wanted to share it with my team, because that’s who we are, we share everything.”
In response, the Heels dedicated the game to Breschi’s son, bearing the scribbled initials MB on their helmets.
“I told them I wasn’t going to break down, but I did…We’re a pretty special group when we play for somebody else, and they were playing for Mike and my family today.”
Following the emotional victory, ESPN’s Quint Kessenich responded to the amount of heart demonstrated by the program.
“This Heel team understood what he was going through, how tough it was for him to bring his family back here, and how much they should just enjoy the moment to play lacrosse. Joe has always coached with Michael in his mind, treating the student-athlete like his son, and he has battled back, he and his family. And that’s why people love going to North Carolina to play lacrosse with Joe Breschi.”
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