When we talk about the most successful college lacrosse programs in the history of the sport, the University of North Carolina is at the top of that list.
Any player who gets to put on the Tar Heel uniform is immediately welcomed into a distinct fraternity that includes some of the greatest lacrosse players of all-time. Now, Matt Wrede gets to join that list.
The Seton Hall Prep, Class of 2022, attacker has committed to the University of North Carolina to continue his playing career.
“D1 lacrosse has been a dream of mine since the day I picked up a stick,” he said. “Now that I have finally achieved my dream and have the opportunity to play I don’t want to leave anything on the table. These next 2 years I’ll have to work harder than I ever had if I want to potentially make an impact on the field.”
Wrede has played with BBL Elite for three seasons and his success was good enough to attract longtime head coach of the Tar Heels Joe Breschi. Wrede was drawn in by more than just the success UNC has on the lacrosse field. The success he will experience in the classroom was a big reason he chose to be a Tar Heel.
“Unlike some other schools, UNC has a very wide variety of majors to pick from. UNC gives you the opportunity to learn new things, take very different classes, and potentially open up new doors before declaring a major or applying to Business School. As of now I’m not totally sure what I want to study but most likely something in business or political science.”
Wrede will be in constant contention to play for a National Championship during his four years in North Carolina that will begin after he graduates in 2022. UNC has won five National Championships, been a tournament runner-up once, played in 13 Final Fours, 24 tournament quarterfinals and have made it to the “big-dance” 32 different times since 1976.
For Wrede to contribute to a winning-culture, he knows he must put in the work before he ever gets to the Old North State.
“D1 lacrosse has been a dream of mine since the day I picked up a stick. Now that I have finally achieved my dream and have the opportunity to play I don’t want to leave anything on the table. These next 2 years I’ll have to work harder than I ever had if I want to potentially make an impact on the field.”
His goals are mighty and lofty, but there is no doubt that a player like Wrede can accomplish them. He wants to win a TOC the next two seasons at Seton Prep and hopes those potential wins can funnel into his time as a Tar Heel.
“UNC has a long history of competing for championships and with the coaching staff and talent there it’s definitely something I hope to achieve in the future. Beyond college I think playing in the PLL would be awesome especially since the sport keeps getting bigger and bigger each year but no matter what I’ll always have the stick in my hand even if it’s in the local men’s league.”
Wrede says his family, high school and friends are to thank but most of the credit should be given to Bryan Collins.
“Coach Collins has taught me so much about the game these last few years and I wouldn’t be the player I am today without his guidance and coaching. Not only is he a stellar coach but more importantly he’s a mentor and role model for me.”