After a fourth-quarter collapse against then-No. 13 Massachusetts that handed then-No. 7 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team its first loss of the season, the Tar Heels were left with questions about their ability to finish games.
Saturday at Fetzer Field against No. 15 Fairfield, UNC, now ranked No. 12, will try to respond to those questions in an attempt to earn its first win against a ranked opponent this season.
“Moving forward, we know you have to play a 60-minute game no matter who you play,” said junior midfielder Ryan Creighton.
A full-game performance at a high level will be especially important against a Stags team that has twice overcome fourth-quarter deficits and scored eight of its 18 total goals in the final period.
If the Tar Heels plan to put an end to that fourth quarter trend, they’ll need to focus on wrapping up Fairfield’s leading scorer from 2012, senior Sam Snow.