On a cold, wet and nasty Saturday night in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team couldn’t keep up with a potent No. 13 UVA offense and fell to a sixth straight defeat by a score of 15-12.
The Tar Heels got off to a quick start as defender Cam Macri found the net for the first time this season about four minutes into the game. Virginia immediately tied it after a sloppy UNC turnover right in front of its own goal gifted the Cavaliers a close-range chance.
A great pass from midfielder Sean Morris set up attacker Andy Matthews and UNC retook the lead two minutes later, but once again UVA answered quickly -- this time on the power play -- through a wicked long range shot from Dox Aitken.
After failing to score on a rare three-minute stick penalty that went against the Tar Heels, the Cavaliers took the lead with three and a half minutes left to play in the first period on another Aitken snipe.
A flurry of Cavaliers offense before the period ended was stifled by some excellent goalkeeping from Alex Basill, and the game entered the second period with UVA leading, 3-2.
Less than a minute into the second period, midfielder William Perry rifled a shot past the UVA goalie from 30 feet out to tie things up at three apiece.
Mike D’Amario fired Virginia back into the lead and from there, the Cavaliers turned on the style, as a beautiful pass from Mikey Herring allowed D’Amario to fake out the UNC goalie with a cheeky behind-the-back finish from point-blank range.
The Tar Heels pulled one back a minute later through midfielder Ryan O’Connell, who netted his second goal of the season with a nice unassisted effort, but Virginia replied quickly once again after Michael Kraus fired into the bottom corner.