A game-winning goal from Chris Gray gave the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Syracuse.
The Syracuse Orange made the trip down the coast to try and get a much needed win in ACC action against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Between the two teams, 26 players were from the state of New York. Whether from the Long Island area or Upstate New York, New York lacrosse was on display today. Syracuse senior midfielder Jacob Buttermore scored right out the jump for the Orange.
Less than 45 seconds later, North Carolina’s sophomore midfielder Cole Herbert split-dodged down the left alley causing a defender to go the complete opposite way, which drew a slide from the defense. Herbert dumped the ball to Lance Tillman who kicked it to Dewey Egan that got them on the board.
The rest of the first quarter was dominated by the Tar Heels with the team going on a 4-0 run after Egan’s goal to end the first quarter.
Syracuse completely flipped the switch in the second quarter. After the Orange “big three” of midfielders Owen Seebold, Brendan Curry and Tucker Dordevic went scoreless in the first quarter, the trio put together four goals in the second quarter to cut the lead to 6-5 UNC at halftime.
Lacrosse is a game of runs and that never disappoints. Just when North Carolina gained control up 10-5 with 6:30 minutes left to play, Syracuse put together three goals to close out the third quarter to make it 10-8 UNC.
The fourth quarter was textbook April lacrosse, with every player smelling May with the NCAA Tournament on the horizon. After a two minute non-releasable cross-check, Syracuse scored two man-up goals to cut the lead 12-11.