Tar Heels with a convincing win, 17-15. In a Tuesday match up between two teams ranked in the Top 20 in the Division I Lacrosse rankings, an absolute classic unfolded. The #15 High Point Panthers went into Chapel Hill to challenge the #2 University of North Carolina Tarheels.
As we have said many times, Lacrosse is a game of runs and this one showed just that. Jack Vandoverbeke (1g), Kevin Rogers (3g,2a), Dalton Silver (1g), and Asher Nolting (4g,5a) staked the Panthers to an early 4-1 lead.
Chris Gray (3g,4a) and Brian Cameron (1g) countered before Devon Buckshot (1g) answered. UNC then found their game and reeled off 4 straight goals and 11 of the next 12. High Point would not hit the net for the next eight minutes.
The ‘Heels onslaught was started with a pair of tallies from Jacob Kelly (3g,1a) followed by Tanner Cook (3g,2a), a laser from Justin Anderson (2g), another from Cook, and once again, Anderson. The forth and back continued and the half-closed with High Point staring at an 11-7 deficit.
Finally, the onslaught would be ended off an Asher Nolting marker and Kevin Rogers adding another to make it 15-9. High Point took their turn and tallied five more times courtesy of Nolting assisting on a Brayden Mayea (5g) blast. Mayea did the damage a second time followed by Nolting hitting the net again. Just 3 seconds later, Nolting got it to a two-goal contest at 15-13.
Alex Tripp (1g-1a) and William Perry (3g) seemed to seal the deal to make it 17-13. Mayea and Dalton Sulver (1g) had the final say but the Panthers couldn’t finish the deal.
Dis and Dat
Tar Heels with a convincing win. Mayea nailed his five goals off just seven shots. The face-off team was a big difference for the Tarheels. Winning 30 of 35 courtesy of Zac Tucci (12 of 15) who was upstaged by Andrew Tyeryar who was outstanding going 18 of 20 and throwing in a goal and an assist. Collin Krieg stopped 10 shots with the counterpart, Antonio Arcona stopping 18 for High Point.