|CHAPEL HILL, N.C. No. 11 Notre Dame went on a four-goal run to begin the
second half and never looked back as it defeated No. 12 North Carolina 10-8
Saturday in menšs lacrosse at Fetzer Field. Notre Dame remained undefeated
at 3-0 while UNC lost its second straight and is now 1-2.
Matt Howell was the offensive spark for Notre Dame as he had four goals and
one assist in the game. The other six Fighting Irish goals came from six
different players. Freshman Ryan Blair had a goal and two assists for UNC
and Austin Garrison two goals to lead the Tar Heels.|
Carolina led 2-0 midway through the first quarter before the Fighting Irish
ran off seven of the next eight goals to lead 7-3 with 8:21 left in the
third quarter. Howell had two of his goals in the third quarter and another
two in the fourth quarter as the Fighting Irish held off the UNC rally near
the end of the game. With Garrison getting a pair of goals, UNC cut the
lead to 9-8 with 4:04 left as Kyle Bell pulled UNC within one at that point.
The Tar Heels had two more possessions but could not score and a Notre Dame
goal with four seconds left provided the final margin.
Stewart Crosland made 14 saves for the Irish as Notre Dame withstood a UNC
advantage in shot of 43-32. Paul Spellman made six saves for Carolina.
The Tar Heels now face four games in the next 14 days that will determine
the fate of their season. UNC plays at Ohio State Wednesday, at home
against Denver next Saturday, at home against No. 10 Duke March 19 and at
No. 3 Maryland March 22.