In the first round of the NCAA playoffs last year, the Denver Pioneers handed the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team a heartbreaking loss in front of a home crowd at Fetzer Field.
The loss still sits prominently in the minds of the current players — and this Sunday, when the Tar Heels take on Denver in a quarterfinal match-up in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, UNC is looking for revenge.
“Last year was a devastating loss,” senior captain Marcus Holman said. “They couldn’t have scripted it any better for us.”
Holman said both teams have changed since last year, but there is one important constant — the faceoff specialists.
Last year’s contest, in which junior R.G. Keenan faced off against Denver’s Chase Carraro, was the only time in the last two years when he failed to win double-digit faceoffs when given 20 or more opportunities.