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.”
• 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.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.