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UNC lacrosse is a family affair for the Holmans

Posted April 20, 2012

— Matthew Holman is a senior goalie on the lacrosse team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His brother Marcus is an attackman for the Tar Heels. Their father, Brian, is the goalie coach – not a bad way to spend some quality family time.

“It’s pretty cool, you know," Marcus said. "Chances are, if you’re around here at Navy field, you’re going to see a member of the Holman family walking around with a Carolina lacrosse shirt on.”  

Mrs. Holman, also known as "mom," is on campus as well, working with the women’s team. It’s totally a lacrosse family.

“It provides for some good conversation at dinner every once in a while,” said Brian.

It also provides for an extra spark at practice. There’s nothing like a sibling rivalry.

“They have a little thing going on. They’ve had it going on since they were little. They sort of get into each other a little bit, and I think the team likes it too,” said Brian.

“Given his track record and his stats, I’d give it to him a little bit, but he’ll tell ya I have his number in one-on-ones,” said Matthew of his brother Marcus.

“Oh I don’t know, it’s an on-going rivalry,” Marcus countered.

Brian played goalie himself at Johns Hopkins. He spends most of his time coaching his older son, Matthew, who followed in his footsteps at that position.

“He’s been teaching me how to play goalie since I started back in fifth grade. It’s been great,” said Matthew.

“Having the opportunity to spend as much time with the boys, it just provides an extra part of our relationship that I’m just lucky to have,” said Brian.

Matthew is graduating, but little sister Sydney is set to be a Tar Heel as well for the women’s lacrosse team.

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  • BringthePain Apr 21, 2012

    Having played the sport myself, lacrosse goalies are idiots. Anybody with half a brain wouldn't play that position. Thanks for doing an expose on them WRAL.

  • bigfella Apr 20, 2012

    Agreed. Especially in the opener when Duke with Will Haus, knocked off Maryland and older brother John. The two even guarded each other a few times.

  • 903 national champions Apr 20, 2012

    WRAL,

    You might want to post some articles about the ACC tournaments. Both the men and the women had/have games today and tonight as we speak.

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