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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — They weren’t even supposed to be in the title game. No, they were supposed to lose Friday, cut their losses and head back to Chapel Hill.
Two weeks ago, No. 9 North Carolina’s (9-4, 1-2 ACC) men’s lacrosse matchup against No. 4 Virginia (10-2, 2-1 ACC) was buzz-worthy on a national stage.
When the No. 8 North Carolina lacrosse team rallied from a halftime deficit on Feb. 25 against Navy, it was the first time the Tar Heels had done so since 2009.
After slaying the giants of Johns Hopkins last week, No. 9 North Carolina couldn’t capitalize on opportunities to defeat its second consecutive No. 1-ranked opponent.
Every athlete knows the old adage: practice makes perfect.
Eleven spots separated No. 12 North Carolina (8-3, 1-1 ACC) and No. 1 Johns Hopkins (8-1) in the polls, but Sunday night, the Tar Heels proved that rankings don’t tell the whole story.
The No. 14 North Carolina lacrosse team cleared the bench and stormed Fetzer Field twice Saturday. Once was following the final horn on its 11-10 victory against No. 7 Maryland. The other time was for a fight.
With the meat of North Carolina’s schedule set to begin on Saturday, and his team slumping, UNC men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi opted to shake up his starting lineup for Wednesday’s matchup with Dartmouth.
After losing three of its last four games, the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team needed to turn things around — and fast.
At first glance, Nicky Galasso has it all. The North Carolina sophomore attackman sits inside the lacrosse office coming off the best freshman season in program history.
Late in the third quarter of North Carolina’s lacrosse game at Duke, Marcus Holman delivered a crushing check to a Blue Devil defender.
Down by as many as seven Friday against No. 14 Duke, the No. 12 Tar Heels couldn’t make history for the second time, falling to the Blue Devils 13-11 at Koskinen Stadium.
Before the season even started, things were aligning for Friday’s men’s lacrosse game to be a launching pad toward a national championship run for either North Carolina or Duke.
In the third quarter of No. 6 North Carolina’s 18-8 win against Detroit on Saturday at Fetzer Field, UNC midfielder Greg McBride received the ball, whipped a behind-the-back pass to a teammate and watched the play he started at midfield turn into an easy goal by attacker Marcus Holman.
Entering the North Carolina lacrosse team’s home opener Saturday, coach Joe Breschi knew his team was lopsided. The attack — one of the best in the nation. The defense — inexperienced, for starters.
The No. 6 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team got its first taste of true competition in 2012 Saturday in an exhibition game against No. 5 Denver.