CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The #19 Richmond men’s lacrosse team held seventh-ranked North Carolina to a single goal over the last 33 minutes of the game and outscored UNC 3-0 in the fourth quarter in garnering a 6-5 win over the Tar Heels at rain-soaked Navy Field.
With the win, the Spiders improved to 6-1 on the season while Carolina falls to 4-3 with losses in its last three home games.
Richmond’s Benny Pugh had an All-America level performance in the contest as he made 11 saves and allowed only five goals while also scooping up three ground balls. Peter Moran’s performance in the face-off circle was also a key for the Spiders as he won nine of the 15 face-offs in the game.
Ryan Lee had two goals and an assist to lead the Spiders offensively. Austin Cunningham had a pair of goals for Richmond and Dan Ginestro and Tyler Shoults each had single goals. Dean Roseman had two assists for UR while J.P. Forester and Teddy Hatfield each had single assists.
North Carolina outshot Richmond 32-19 in the game and had a 23-21 edge in ground balls. The wet conditions led to high-levels of turnovers for both teams with Richmond committing 19 and UNC 15. The Spiders had seven failed clears and North Carolina had two.
Richmond jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first nine minutes of the contest. Dean Roseman assisted on both goals for Richmond as Tyler Shoults scored at 9:52 and Ryan Lee tallied at 6:03.
UNC ran off the next four goals in a row to take a 4-3 lead heading into intermission. Michael Tagliaferri scored off an assist by Justin Anderson at 4:44 of the first quarter before Chris Cloutier scored a game-tying goal at the 39-second mark.
UNC took a 4-2 lead in the second quarter on goals by Andy Matthews and Chris Cloutier, but the Tar Heels committed a turnover in the closing seconds of the first half and Richmond scored a fast break goal with 11 seconds left in the half to pull within 4-3.
Brian Cannon scored an unassisted goal during a timer-on situation with 10:15 left in the third quarter to restore the Tar Heels to a two-goal lead at 5-3. But Richmond’s defense did not allow another goal and limited UNC to just four shots in the fourth quarter.
The Spiders scored three times in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. The game-winning goal came with 6:28 to play in the game and came off the stick of Ryan Lee.UNC will practice in Chapel Hill during Spring Break this week before hosting the Dartmouth Big Green Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Fetzer Field. The game will be webcast nationally on ACC Network Extra.