But at the end of the third quarter, the Cavaliers took the lead with their own offensive push which changed the nature of the game. From there on out, UNC and UVA were neck and neck. Both teams played an extremely intense fourth quarter, and the scoring was back and forth.
Three consecutive scores by Virginia in the fourth quarter took the team from down two to a lead. That run was crucial for the momentum of the game and helped the Cavaliers eventually seal the victory.
The Tar Heels and Cavaliers traded goals down to the final minutes, but Virginia held on and edged out UNC 11-10. A late-game goal by Dox Aitken gave the Cavaliers the victory.
Who stood out?
Solomon had a hot first half, helping to give UNC an early lead with three goals.
But UNC head coach Joe Breschi said today’s game was truly about the team effort. Breschi noted the team’s sound defense throughout the game.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” he said.
When was it decided?
The game was tied 10-10 with just over six minutes left and remained so until only 1:34 left on the clock when UVA scored the final goal.
“They scored with three seconds left on the shot clock with a minute and 30 to go…” Breschi said. “We had an opportunity to tie it and man up and we didn’t.”
Why does it matter?
The Tar Heels were unable to extend their win streak on the road, and now have a 1-1 record for conference play. However, a promising opportunity to improve this standing awaits against Syracuse next week.
“I still think we’re obviously capable of beating anyone,” Breschi said. “We just gotta continue to get smarter down the stretch and avoid some of those simple mistakes.”
When do they play next?
The Tar Heels are back in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 13 to face No. 11 Syracuse at 3 p.m.
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