The scoreboard shows the ending, but it doesn’t always tell the story.
The No. 7 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team fell 15-11 to No. 2 Virginia in a sloppy ACC opener that looked promising for the Tar Heels, but turned into a struggle in the latter half.
The difference may have only been four points, but costly turnovers and a dreadful third quarter made it feel like an even larger gap.
UNC and Virginia went back and forth — trading goals in the first half with the Tar Heels leading 10-9 at the break.
It didn’t get any better from there.
UNC quickly lost its footing in the competition, failing to score a goal while giving up five in the third quarter. The Tar Heels finished with only one goal scored in the second half — their fewest goals scored in the second half since the team's loss to Ohio State earlier this season.
And that wasn’t the only unsavory season record they set. The Tar Heels recorded 22 turnovers — a new season high.
“They just clamped down on us, defensively,” head coach Joe Breschi said. “We didn’t even get some opportunities, and I credit their defense for making plays, but we gotta be able to take care of the ball more.”
Virginia played an aggressive game Friday night, getting physical and denying offensive threats like graduate attackman Chris Gray. The game got chippy at times, with players being pushed into the ground and flags flying around — but the Tar Heels won't offer any excuses for how things went on the offensive end.