The No. 13 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team squeaked out another overtime victory Saturday against unranked Lehigh 12-11.
UNC (3-0) started the game strong with an unassisted goal from sophomore Justin Anderson, his third of the season. The goal came just 31 seconds into the first quarter, the same amount of time it took Anderson to give the Tar Heels their overtime win last Saturday against Furman.
The Mountain Hawks outworked North Carolina in the second quarter. They led the Tar Heels in ground balls (10-3) and faceoffs (4-3). Lehigh stifled UNC’s attack three possessions in a row, creating three turnovers.
The Tar Heels' cold streak snapped with seven seconds left in the half, when William Perry was able to put his team up just before the halftime horn. Lehigh’s dirty work seemed somewhat fruitless, as it still trailed North Carolina 8-7 at the half.
A chaotic third quarter ensued. Lehigh and UNC both had four turnovers. A nine-minute scoring drought by both teams finally ended when Lehigh’s Lucas Spence put away his second goal of the day to tie the game at 8-8.
The back-and-forth, rough-and-tumble style of play continued throughout the fourth quarter. Lehigh started the scoring off with Andrew Pettit’s third goal of the day, tying the game at 9.
The Tar Heels found themselves down a goal, 11-10, with just over three minutes on the clock. Junior Timmy Kelly put one away to tie the game and complete his own hat trick with 2:22 left in the game.
After the Tar Heels forced a Mountain Hawk turnover with 39 seconds on the clock, they lost the ball within 10 seconds, trying to get the ball out of their defensive half. Lehigh had the ball with 30 seconds to go and no shot clock.