The North Carolina Tar Heels men's lacrosse team beat Notre Dame 13-9 in the national quarterfinals on Sunday to advance to the final four for the first time since 1993. The Tar Heels had lost seven consecutive trips to this round prior to Sunday's win, and they had extra motivation helping them.
"[Senior captain] Patrick Kelly spoke at breakfast this morning and dedicated the game to my son," head coach Joe Breschi said in an emotional postgame interview. "I'm so proud of him. I'm proud of all of them."
Breschi's 3-year-old son Michael was struck and killed by an SUV outside his preschool in Ohio when Breschi was serving as the head coach at Ohio State in 2004. Sunday's game took place at Ohio Stadium, where Breschi had coached for 11 seasons before joining the Tar Heels in 2008.
After the game, the scene in the UNC locker room was a joyous one.
The Tar Heels advance to face No. 7 Loyola in the national semifinals (May 28, Noon ET on ESPN2). UNC is two wins away from its first national title since going 16-0 in 1991 -- when Breschi was an assistant under Dave Klarmann.