The No. 15 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team (7-4, 0-3 ACC) was defeated 11-4 by Virginia (8-2, 4-0) on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville.
Virginia took an early 1-0 lead after a goal by junior attackman Payton Cormier just two minutes into the game. Less than three minutes later, UNC graduate student Chris Gray pocketed a goal for the Tar Heels. Virginia’s first-year goalie, Matthew Nunes, continued to stand tall against the Tar Heels, though, with three saves early in the game.
Gray persisted on offense, scoring another goal to put UNC up 2-1 with six minutes left in the first period. Despite being right-handed, Gray scored both of his early goals with his left hand.
Virginia graduate midfielder scored the first goal of the second quarter to tie the game at two.
With just under eight minutes remaining in the half, sophomore Cole Herbert scored for the Tar Heels off an assist by Gray to take a one-point lead. The lead was short-lived, however.
Virginia sophomore attackman Patrick McIntosh scored an underhand goal followed by a successful shot from Virginia first-year Griffin Schutz. Consecutive goals by Cormier in the last few minutes put the Cavaliers up 6-3 heading into halftime.
The third quarter had a slow start, with no goals in the first seven minutes. Virginia senior Jeff Conner broke the drought, propelling the Cavaliers on their 5-0 run against UNC. The Tar Heels found their first goal of the quarter with just three minutes remaining when Gray scored. Shortly after, Virginia registered a tripping penalty, giving UNC an extra-man opportunity for the last couple minutes. The Tar Heels could not capitalize, though, and entered the last quarter down three.
The Cavaliers reclaimed the four-point lead with a goal three minutes into the final quarter. UVA’s Schutz had his second goal of the game, with just under eight minutes left in the game, bringing the score to 9-4. UNC’s defense could not slow down the Cavaliers. Cormier recorded his fourth goal to put UVA up by six with less than five minutes remaining.