Colgate vs. North Carolina
April 20, 2005
The Game Story:
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The North Carolina menís lacrosse team scored seven straight goals to take a 7-1 halftime lead and withstood a third-quarter Colgate rally to beat the Raiders, 12-6, on Wednesday, Apr. 20, at Tylerís Field. The Tar Heels enter the ACC tournament with a 5-7 overall record, while CU now stands at 7-6 overall.

Colgate struck first, as junior Mark Nemith (Albany, N.Y.) netted his fourth goal of the season just under four minutes into the first quarter. North Carolina then reeled off seven straight goals, including two by Jed Prossner, to take a 7-1 lead into the break. Ryan Blair assisted on the first five goals of the run, then capped the tear with an unassisted tally with 6:48 left in the half.

The Raiders roared back to start the second half, scoring four consecutive goals to cut the UNC lead to two, 7-5. Colgate maintained possession for much of the third quarter, but it took nearly nine minutes for CU to find the back of the net. Freshman Matt Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) broke the scoring drought at the 6:10 mark. Sophomore Brendan Hurley (West Islip, N.Y.) followed with a goal at 2:38, and junior Robert Trasolini (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) scored 62 seconds later. Lalli capped the rally with 17 seconds on the clock.

The Tar Heels took the wind out of Colgateís sails on the ensuing faceoff, as Mike Munnelly scored with three seconds showing. UNC continued its streak into the fourth quarter. Rob Driscoll found the back of the net with 13:43 to play, and Blair followed 22 seconds later. He got his third goal and eighth point of the game at the 6:19 mark with an unassisted tally, and Mike McCall made it 12-5 in favor of the Heels with five minutes to play. Trasolini got his second goal of the game with 11 seconds remaining to set the final at 12-6.

Colgate edged North Carolina at the face-off X, 13-9. With 22 attempts on the night, sophomore Chris Eck (Fairfield, Conn.) set Colgateís single-season record for face-off attempts, bringing his total to 240, passing Parker Gibson who took 238 draws in 1999. Eck has won 139 faceoffs in 2005, and he needs six more wins in CUís season finale on Saturday to break that single-season record.

The Raiders conclude their season against No. 12 Bucknell on Saturday, Apr. 23, at 3:00 p.m., at Tylerís Field. Colgate will honor its four seniors, and pay tribute to Bison head coach Sid Jamieson, who will retire at the end of the season after 38 years on the sidelines.