Coming off a national championship win in 2016, the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team began the new year by defeating High Point, 11-10, in a scrimmage at Navy Field on Saturday.
The Tar Heels came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring four quick goals for a 4-0 lead. Junior Chris Cloutier and redshirt senior Michael Tagliaferri notched the first two goals, while first-year Justin Anderson added the third and senior Tate Jozokos tallied the fourth.
Also in the first, redshirt junior goalie Brian Balkam left the game after a ball went through his face mask and struck him in the eye, causing swelling.
High Point closed the gap to 5-2 in the second quarter, but goals by Cloutier and senior Luke Walsh stretched the lead to 7-2. The third period resembled the first, as UNC added four straight goals to push its advantage to 11-3.
The fourth quarter saw a High Point surge, aided by UNC pulling its starters. High Point outscored the Tar Heels, 6-0, in the final period, coming within a goal of the defending national champions.