The No. 14 UNC men’s lacrosse (7-6, 1-4 ACC) fell to No. 1 Notre Dame (9-1, 3-1 ACC) 9-16 in South Bend, Indiana.
After winning the opening face-off, Notre Dame crashed the goal. Colin Hagstrom was able to score a clean-up goal after UNC goalie Colin Krieg deflected but did not gain possession of the ball.
The Tar Heels were able to score seconds later – a solo shot from Dewey Egan.
The Fighting Irish’s Jake Taylor scored, despite UNC’s tight defense bringing the shot clock down to ten seconds. Two back-to-back UNC penalties gave Notre Dame a two-man-up advantage. Chris Kavanaugh was able to capitalize off of this, scoring off of an assist from Jeffery Ricciardelli.
Notre Dame made it three unanswered goals as Brian Tevlin’s shot soared to the back of the net. Mere seconds later, Pat Kavanaugh forced a UNC turnover and allowed Griffin Westlin to score on UNC’s scattered defense.
Despite UNC winning the next face-off, they failed to clear the ball. Hagstrom was able to score again on UNC’s near-empty net. The first quarter ended with five unanswered goals from the Fighting Irish.
Nearly four minutes into the second quarter, Chris Kavanaugh scored again after cutting from behind the goal. Logan McGovern put an end to Notre Dame’s six-zero run with a solo, man-up shot. UNC’s James Matan found the back of the net after an impressive spin move, over-the-shoulder shot.
UNC made it four unanswered goals as Harry Schertzinger and Ryan Levy both scored off of great midfield defense from UNC. At halftime, UNC was down only two goals.