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MEN'S LACROSSE LOSES TO #5 NORTH CAROLINA, 17-6
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sophomore attackman Scott Falatach had a career-high six points as the No. 5 North Carolina men's lacrosse team defeated UMBC 17-6 at sun-drenched Kenan Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers fell to 4-5 with the loss.
Carolina outshot UMBC 60-24 and the Tar Heels won the ground ball battle, 49-24. UNC also dominated the faceoff circle, winning 23 of 27 draws.
UMBC was led by Rob Cross who had two goals. Kevin Cepelak made 19 saves for the Retrievers, including 10 in the first quarter when the Tar Heels outshot UMBC 23-1. Paul Spellman played the first 51:05 in goal for the Tar Heels and he had eight saves while allowing two goals.
Carolina came out firing on all cylinders, outshooting the Retrievers 23-1 in the first quarter and taking a 5-0 lead.
UNC continued to pummel the Retriever net in the second quarter, outshooting UMBC 15-1. But Cepelak found less support as he made three saves in the period while the Tar Heels scored six times to increase their lead to 11 goals by halftime.
UMBC got on the board 1:06 into the second half as James Hyland found Cross alone on the edge of the crease for a nice putaway. Cross got his second goal of the game for the Retrievers as he batted in a loose ball off a rebound with 4:11 remaining in the period before Blair beat Cepelak with a nifty shot into the upper right corner with 15 seconds left in the quarter.
Carolina's lead grew to 15-2 on a goal by Lucas with 8:02 to play in the game before the Retrievers went on a run to score four of the last six goals of the game. Travis Tomczak scored for the Retrievers with 6:35 and that was followed by an extra-man goal by Franklin Berry 46 seconds later.
UNC's Jeff Hoffman scored an unassisted goal on his first career shot with 4:56 to play and that goal was answered by an EMO goal by Hyland, assisted by Brendan Mundorf, with 3:10 left. Hoffman scored again with 2:24 to play and Mundorf finished the scoring at 1:36, again on an EMO.
UMBC returns to action this coming Wednesday when the Retrievers host Loyola at 7:30 p.m. at UMBC Stadium in Catonsville, Md.