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The North Carolina Tar Heels men's lacrosse team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. North Carolina currently competes as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and plays their home games at Fetzer Fieldmarker and Kenan Memorial Stadiummarker in .


The first lacrosse team was formed in 1937 at the club level. At the time, they used old equipment from the football team and competed in the Dixie Lacrosse League against Duke, Virginia, Washington & Leemarker, Loyola, and the Washington Lacrosse Club. In 1949, the university confered varsity status on the team, and in 1950, North Carolina became a member of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). The following season, goalie Nick Sowell became the Tar Heels' first All-American when he was named to the USILA Honorable Mention team.

Carolina players in action against Duke in the 2009 ACC final.
1954, after compiling a combined 14-43-1 record in its first six seasons, the varsity team was disbanded by the administration in order to focus on other sports. Lacrosse returned as a varsity sport in 1964. In 1974, Paul Doty took over as head coach. That year, the school started awarding scholarships for the sport and was promoted from the small college level (now Division II and Division III) to Division I.

Despite its relatively brief history as a Division I team, Carolina rose to national prominence in the late 1970s under Hall of Fame coach and former Johns Hopkins Blue Jay Willie Scroggs. Between 1980 and 1996, the team failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament just twice. During that span, Carolina also secured 11 ACC titles. In 1981, the Tar Heels began a 26-game winning streak, and won the national championship that season and the next. Currently, Carolina ranks sixth in terms of tournament appearances, behind Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, and Navy.


  1. Laxpower Men's All-Americans Since 1922,, 2009.
  2. National Lacrosse Hall of Fame,, 2009.
  3. 2009 North Carolina Men's Lacrosse Media Guide (PDF), University of North Carolina, p. 34-38, 2009.

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