The No.10 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team (3-1, 0-0 ACC) accomplished their its win of the season against Brown (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) at home.
The No.10 Tar Heels got off to a speedy start in the first quarter, scoring three goals in the first five minutes. The Bears responded with a quick goal with seven minutes left in the quarter. From there, the Bears slowly closed in on the Tar Heel lead ending the quarter with a tied score of 4-4.
Graduate attackman Chris Gray scored within the first minute of the second period — however, both teams were trading scoring throughout the entirety of the quarter. They continued to fight for dominance with junior Matt Wright answering a goal from Brown's Darian Cook. Senior attackman Jacob Kelly advanced the score 7-6 but was unable to sustain the lead due to Colby Gendron’s goal.
Going into the third quarter, the Tar Heels continued to push for a solid lead against the Bears, but were met with aggression on the Brown offensive side. Their aggressiveness did not couple well with North Carolina’s poor defense despite sophomore goalkeeper Collin Krieg's 17 saves.
The fourth quarter was characterized by both teams trying to extend a lead, but Brown’s quick offense made that difficult, with Devon McLane and Topher Bligh making shots 21 seconds apart from each other.
UNC responded to this with a 3-0 run, ending the game 14-11 in its third win of the season.
Who stood out?
Kelly had a strong offensive performance in today’s game, finishing with five assists and three goals. His stat line in previous games shows consistency of play, scoring two goals in previous games against both Ohio State and Colgate. Gray also played well, scoring two goals while registering three assists of his own.