The No. 9 North Carolina men's lacrosse team (2-0) defeated Furman (0-2), 15-14, on Saturday in a wet and muddy battle that provided a major scare for the Tar Heel faithful.
Sophomore midfielder Tanner Cook opened up the scoring early at Kenan Memorial Stadium helping UNC get out to a 1-0 lead within the first three minutes. However, the Paladins were quick to strike back and scored the game’s next four goals.
After the Tar Heels faced a three goal deficit, shocked at home, they battled back. A few penalties at the end of the first period ignited a North Carolina run as Cook and junior attackman Timmy Kelly both scored in the last 45 seconds of the first period.
The momentum continued for UNC as the team scored the first six goals of the second period to build a monumental 9-4 lead with just under six minutes to go in the first half.
After a fairly even back and forth involving three North Carolina goals to two goals from Furman, the Paladins showed an incredible resolve down by six goals to score eight out of the games next nine goals to take a 14-13 lead with just over two minutes left.