North Carolina Employs 8 Goal Fourth

The #8 North Carolina Tar Heels (7-2, 0-1) invited Bellermine (2-9) to Dorrance Field in Chapel Hill, NC.

Bellermine stayed with UNC and led by one, 8-7 heading into the final quarter

The Tar Heels are ranked #8 for a reason.

Stellar teams turn up the heat when need and that is exactly what happened.

Led by an eight point game from Chris Gray, UNC displayed an impressive offensive outburst.

“Yeah, it’s always great to contribute on the offensive side of the ball. The best part about our offense is that each game it’s a different guy, but today it happened to be me. At the end of the day, it’s just a product of the system we play.” Tar Heels sniper, Chris Gray.

How Did it Happen?

Harrison Schertzinger (2g) buried his 5th with help from Gray at the 12:17 mark.

Bellermine responded with markers from Christian DellaRocco (2g) at 11:25 followed by Jesse Roth (1g) adding his 11th at 8:24.

The Heels responded with a pair of their own supplied by, Netminder, Collin Krieg (1a) hitting a streaking Gray (5g,3a) who buried his 31st to tie it up.

Gray went back to playmaker mode for Nicky Solomon (3g,1a) at the 2:50 mark to end the back and forth opening stanza with a 3-2 UNC lead.

To Quarter Two

Braydon Brown hit DellaRocco to knot it at 3 with a minute fifteen elapsed.

Kyle Playsted (3g,1a) made it a three goal run for Bellermine with goals at 13:04 and again at 7:29.

Brsydon Brown (1g,3a) took it to four in a row with his 13th.

Dewey Egan (1g) put an end to the uprising and ended the half with Bellermine opening eyes with their 6-4 lead.

To the Third

Jacob Kelly (1a) hit Lance Tillman (3g) with a pretty feed that Tillman made no mistake on to draw it to 6:5.

It was tjimefor a ‘Heels run with Gray and Tillman hitting his 12th courtesy of Quinton O:Connell (1a) that flipped the advantage to 7-6 UNC.

Playsted (16th) complimented by Benny O’Rourk (1g) slamming home a Brown feed ended the third with Bellermine holding the lead, 8-7.

Game Changing Time

The O’Rourk goal with 00:01 would be the last sniff Bellermine would get at the UNC net.

A total deluge was about to present itself.Solomon and Gray 1:02 apart kicked off the 8 goal barrage.

Grsy and Solomon repeated their feat.

Schertzinger at 6:34,Tillman (15th),Gray, getting a fourth quarter hat+trick and finally, Ryan Levy (1g) blew things wide open as UNC walked off 15-8 winners.

“Bellarmine did a good job executing their game plan for three quarters before we broke the ice in the fourth. We did great in the cage, with ground balls, and at the face-off.

I loved the way we persevered throughout the game. It wasn’t the prettiest three quarters, but we kept fighting and finished it up in the fourth quarter.”

More:

• Shots shined on The ‘Heels, 48-26 as did shots on goal, 31-17.

• Turnover’s had Bellermine with 14 and UNC-13.

• Ground Balls heavily tilted the Tar Heels direction, 36-17.

• Face-offs had a 21-5 UNC edge with Andrew Tyervar getting 9 of 11 and Zac Tucci posting 11 of 15 for UNC.

• Collin Krieg made 9 saves and added an assist in the victory with an assist.

Tar Heels Employ 8 Goal to Move to 7-2.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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