The No. 4 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team (2-1, 0-0 ACC) suffered its first double-digit loss since 2008 at the hands of unranked Ohio State (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) 20-8 in their third game of the season.
In a tightly-contested first half, the Tar Heels got off to a hot start and quick lead, as graduate attackman Chris Gray scored an unassisted goal in the first minute of the first quarter. Ohio State, however, had an answer, as Buckeye attackman Jackson Reid scored off an assist just over two minutes after Gray’s goal.
Sophomore goalie Collin Krieg made three saves after the Buckeyes’ first goal, which helped UNC take the lead when senior attackman Nicky Solomon scored late in the first quarter off an assist from Gray to give UNC a 2-1 lead. But Ohio State scored just before the end of the first quarter, knotting the score up at two apiece heading into the second quarter.
UNC and Ohio State exchanged scores the first five minutes of the second quarter, as Solomon answered the Buckeyes’ early goal by scoring his second goal of the game off an assist from senior midfielder Harrison Schertzinger to tie the game at 3-3.
With five minutes remaining, Ohio State went on a run, scoring two goals within a minute and outscoring the Tar Heels 3-1 at one point during that stretch to take a 6-4 lead. UNC trimmed Ohio State’s lead to 6-5 with just 4.7 seconds left in the quarter, thanks to a goal from senior attackman Jacob Kelly.
Ohio State started the second half on a 3-0 run, extending its lead to 9-5 within the first six and a half minutes of play. UNC then woke up on offense, as Schertzinger and Gray each scored goals.
But the Buckeyes answered both Schertzinger and Gray’s goals and maintained a four-point lead. Ohio State closed the third quarter out on a 4-0 run to add to take a 14-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
UNC allowed the Buckeyes to score another three unanswered goals within the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Kelly broke the Buckeyes’ scoring streak after connecting on his second goal of the season off an assist from Gray, but the Buckeyes followed his goal up by going on a 3-0 run and handing UNC its first loss of the season, 20-8.