The North Carolina men’s lacrosse team slipped by the Jacksonville Dolphins, 10-9, Saturday morning in Jacksonville, Fla. in the team’s first scrimmage of the 2019 season. Junior midfielder Justin Anderson scored four goals to lead the Tar Heels.
UNC took control early and led Jacksonville, 5-1, at the end of the first quarter. But it didn’t take long for the Dolphins to climb back into the game.
Jacksonville responded with five goals of its own and kept North Carolina off the scoreboard in the second quarter. Head coach Joe Breschi said his team’s failure to make every possession count resulted in 12 first-half turnovers.
“I think we were careless with our possessions,” Breschi said. “And maybe part of it was jumping out to that lead and understanding that we’re shooting the ball well. We kinda forgot how we got there.”
North Carolina had already shot the ball 21 times by halftime, but didn’t have much to show for it. In comparison, Jacksonville only attempted 15 first-half shots and 25 total. The Tar Heels trailed the Dolphins, 6-5, at halftime.
“I think we got their goalie hot, instead of taking quality shots offensively,” Breschi said.
Anderson, who had three of his four goals in the second half, took over for the Tar Heels the rest of the way.
Six different UNC players, including Anderson, scored in the contest. Junior midfielder Tanner Cook scored twice, and senior midfielder Jesse Cuccia, junior midfielder William Perry, junior midfielder Matt Gavin and first-year midfielder Henry Schertzinger scored a goal each.