In the team’s final dress rehearsal before the start of the regular season, the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team fell to Loyola Maryland, 15-10, on Saturday afternoon in Kenan Memorial Stadium.
The scrimmage featured two teams in the preseason top 25, according to U.S. Lacrosse Magazine — Loyola Maryland at No. 6 and North Carolina at No. 12.
Within the first two minutes of play, Tar Heel senior attackman Timmy Kelly struck nylon first. But his team’s first and final lead didn’t last long.
By the 9:41 mark, Loyola’s Pat Spencer had already knocked in a pair of goals. He then assisted on his team’s third unanswered goal before North Carolina’s Tanner Cook knocked in a goal to stop the bleeding.
Loyola’s Spencer and sophomore attackman Kevin Lindley — who finished the game with a team-high eight goals — finished the first half combined for six goals and five assists and headed into halftime up, 9-4.
Despite opening up the second half with a goal, the Greyhounds extended their lead in the second half, again behind dominant performances from Spencer and Lindley.
Loyola entered the fourth quarter up, 14-6, and cruised to a win.