Another game, another goal for senior Chris Cloutier of the No. 9 North Carolina men's lacrosse team.
In UNC's 17-10 season-opening win against Lafayette, the attackman found the back of the net for the 21st consecutive game.
The streak has now spanned part of three seasons and is the seventh longest in program history. The streak, which started May 14, 2016, is now just eight games short of the record set by Marcus Holman in 2013.
“I mean, Chris Cloutier is probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with,” junior attackman Timmy Kelly said. “He won us the national championship in 2016, and that streak speaks for itself. He’s that good.”
It was high praise from Kelly, a man who managed to steal the spotlight from Cloutier with a hat trick against the Leopards (0-1) in Kenan Stadium.
As Cloutier continues to add to his decorated career, his place among other Tar Heel legends will be debated.
In his first season as a starter in 2016, the then-sophomore burst onto the scene with 43 goals, the second most on the team, and added 14 assists.
It was Cloutier’s goal that won the Tar Heels the national championship against Maryland. With 1:39 remaining in overtime, Cloutier scored one of the most significant goals in UNC history, one which allowed his team to walk off the field as champions and earned him the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament award.
The title game was played May 30, 2016. Just 16 days earlier, Cloutier’s goal streak began in a win over Marquette.