City boy Levy a big hit in North Carolina country

April 26, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- North Carolina senior attackman Dan Levy's Atlantic Coast Conference career could not have ended any better.

Minutes after the Tar Heels' 18-10 win over Maryland for the ACC championship yesterday, Levy stood at midfield of Byrd Stadium with an ACC title plaque in one hand and a Most Valuable Player award in the other.

For Levy, a graduate of City College, it was the perfect ending to a lifelong dream.

"I just wanted to contribute to this program and I knew I could," said Levy, who had two goals and three assists yesterday and two goals and an assist in North Carolina's 13-6 win over Duke Friday. "I just wanted to be a part of something special and this is it -- Carolina lacrosse.

"This isn't a culmination because we still have some [NCAA tournament] games to go, but this is a nice way to finish out my ACC career."

Coming from a high school program that doesn't produce many Division I lacrosse players, Levy knew it would take something extra to play for North Carolina.

"In high school, we got beat 17-3 on a daily basis," said Levy.

"A lot of people doubted me, but I always had faith in my ability."

Levy was the quintessential student-athlete in high school. He was honor society president, scored 1,320 on his SAT and was captain of the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.

He was recruited by former Tar Heels coach Willie Scroggs, who had attended City College with Dan's father, Steve.

"I knew he was a great lacrosse player even though he was at a program that doesn't get the notoriety that some of the other schools get," said Scroggs, who is now North Carolina's assistant athletic director.

Steve Levy, a defenseman at Johns Hopkins from 1964 to 1966, said Dan had wanted to play for the Tar Heels since he was a young boy.

"When he was 9 or 10, he wore a little Carolina cap and everything in his room was North Carolina," said Steve Levy. "He could have gone anywhere, but he always wanted to go to Carolina."

Current North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann said: "He came to a good school where he got a chance to play, learn and watch, and now he's a senior and he had a great day."

The new attention, however, didn't change Levy from the overachieving public school kid.

"I'm certainly not the star of this team," said Levy. "I just had a couple of days when things went well for me."

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