Senior Day is always a special day for the athletes, their families and their coaches. It is even more special when the outcome of the game is a win over a higher-ranked conference foe.
The seniors on the No. 4 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team have been instrumental in the team’s success this season and came up big again in Sunday’s 12-10 win over No. 2 Notre Dame.
Head Coach Joe Breschi spoke to the team during its 8:30 a.m. scouting report, knowing how important the game was to his most veteran players.
"This game is for the seniors," Breschi said. "It’s one of those where you don’t want to talk about each individual senior now because I feel like there’s so much left on our journey and we were just gonna write another chapter at two o’clock today."
Senior William Perry opened things up with his first goal of the match and his 25th of the season. Junior Nicky Solomon notched his 20th goal on the season on an assist from junior Henry Scherztinger to end the first quarter giving the Tar Heels a 2-1 lead.
Midway through the second quarter, Henry Scherztinger notched his first goal of the game and shortly after, senior Chris Gray notched his 38th goal of the year. Senior Justin Anderson added his name into the scoring column, giving the Tar Heels a 5-4 lead at halftime.
After Notre Dame tied things up early in the third quarter, the seniors really left their mark on the game by helping the team pull ahead again.
The momentum in the game seemed to shift when senior Tanner Cook scored a man-up goal on an assist from junior Jacob Kelly. After the goal, the Tar Heels were able to tack on three more unanswered goals, with seniors scoring two of them.
Gray scored an unassisted goal, for his second goal of the game less than a minute after Cook's score. Kelly was then able to net his 17th goal of the season. Then Anderson capped off the run with his second goal of the game and 18th of the season off an assist from Gray.