August 16, 2011

UNC Scores Big Transfers in Emala, McBride

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi announced Tuesday that Davey Emala of Baltimore, Md. and Jack McBride of Madison, N.J., have joined the Tar Heels for the 2011-12 season as transfers from Georgetown University and Princeton University, respectively.

McBride, who earned his degree from Princeton last spring, is already enrolled in graduate school at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business Administration. Emala is a rising junior and will the remainder of the undergraduate student body when classes begin at Carolina on Tuesday, August 23.

Emala is a native of Baltimore, Md. and a 2009 graduate of the Gilman School where he played with his new Tar Heel teammates Matt Holman, Marcus Holman, Greg McBride and Duncan Hutchins and was coached by 1991 UNC alumnus Brooks Matthews. He is the son of David and Joannie Emala.

As a freshman at Georgetown in 2009, Emala had six goals and one assist with all of his scoring coming in two games (three goals versus Navy, three goals, one assist versus Mt. St. Mary's). He followed that up with a breakthrough year in 2011, earning second-team All-Big East Conference honors.

Emala was Georgetown's leading point producer and goal scorer in 2011. He had 48 points overall to lead the Hoyas and also led the team with 35 goals. His 13 assists were the second highest total on the team. He scored eight man-up goals and shot .412 percent, notching 35 goals on 85 shots. Emala had 25 ground balls. The top performance of his sophomore year was a five-goal effort in an overtime loss to Syracuse, then the No. 1-ranked team in the nation.
After three brilliant campaigns from 2008-10, McBride was injured for most of his senior campaign, playing in just two games and earning a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA, allowing him to complete his final year of eligibility in Chapel Hill.

McBride finished his Princeton career with 90 goals and 25 assists for 115 points. He also had 82 career ground balls. He had 19 goals and two assists in 2008, 35 goals and seven assists in 2009 and 35 goals and 15 assists in 2010. He finished his Princeton career as the Tigers' 15th-ranked goal scorer and 21st-ranked points producer.

McBride was named All-Ivy League as a sophomore and a junior. He was a second-team USILA All-America selection in 2009 and an honorable mention choice in 2010. As a junior in 2010, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Tigers to the Ivy League Tournament championship over Cornell.

McBride is the son of Mark and Virginia McBride. He graduated the Delbarton School in New Jersey in 2007 where he played both lacrosse and football, the latter as an All-State quarterback.

McBride has had two sisters play lacrosse at Duke. He was a member of the United States U19 Team which won the World Championship in 2008.

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