It’s only the second game of the season, so there are bound to be a few kinks that the North Carolina men's lacrosse team needs to work out.
But one wouldn’t think so by glancing at the box score of No. 5 UNC's 15-9 win against High Point University at Navy Field on Tuesday evening.
Still, UNC's 12 penalties saw them a man down for eight minutes of the game, they won only eight of 28 faceoffs, and had 11 turnovers, leaving plenty of room for improvement.
“It was disappointing. Twelve penalties is unacceptable for us,” Coach Joe Breschi said. “We know how chippy (High Point) plays, and I think we responded a little too much. I love how excited our guys were, but unfortunately we were a man down 12 times, so we’ve got to clean that up.”
Senior attackman Jimmy Bitter said it was the most penalties he’s ever seen called in a game and that being a man down affected the pace at which the team wanted to attack up field.