After a grueling three-game stretch in a six-day period, it made sense that the North Carolina men's lacrosse team showed some fatigue in a 10-6 home loss to No. 4 Denver.
The No. 9 Tar Heels (6-1) began the home stand with encouraging results, producing wins Wednesday and Saturday. But, maybe because of superior competition, lack of fresh legs or a combination of the two, UNC failed to capitalize against the Pioneers (4-1).
“We just looked a little heavy-legged out there,” said head coach Joe Breschi. “Playing three games Wednesday, Saturday and Monday, and to wrap it up with these guys, is a tough task. It was a hard-fought six days."
While the defense remained steady throughout the contest, it was the offense and goalie play that highlighted the fatigue. The offense finished only six of its 15 shots on goal, with only three Tar Heels scoring in the game. The goalie duo of sophomore Jack Pezzulla and junior Alex Bassil managed just four saves out of 14 shots on cage.
UNC will have five days for rest and recovery before heading to Hofstra on March 10. But besides almost a week of recovery from a tiring stretch, this break will offer the team a chance to learn from the past game.