With Fetzer Field hosting its final two lacrosse games on Saturday, Syracuse made sure neither the UNC men’s or women’s teams could give the stadium a proper send-off.
Hours after the Syracuse women ended UNC’s nine-game winning streak, the Orange men–ranked No. 1 in the country–reeled off a stunning comeback to defeat the No. 17 Tar Heels 12-11 in overtime.
Sergio Salcido scored the overtime winner for Syracuse–his third score of the day–during an extra-man opportunity. Assisted by Brad Voigt, the play completed a stunning rally that saw the Orange score the final five goals of the afternoon–including four during the final 10:55 of regulation.
Although Syracuse (9-1, 3-0 ACC) scored the first four goals of the day, UNC thoroughly controlled the middle part of the game.
The Tar Heels (6-6, 1-2 ACC) shut the visitors out during the second quarter, while scoring nine out of 10 goals over a stretch spanning from the end of the first quarter to the final five minutes of the third.
Luke Goldstock’s three goals were the most for UNC, while Brian Cannon and Tanner Cook each added two apiece.
When it came to crunch time, however, the Orange showed why they’re the top-ranked team in America–keeping UNC off the scoreboard for the final 14 minutes and change.
Head coach Joe Breschi and company have no choice but to head back to the drawing board before facing Notre Dame in next weekend’s regular season finale.
Breschi’s Tar Heels have lost six games this season coming off last year’s national championship run, but three have come against Syracuse, Hofstra and Maryland. Those three teams are currently ranked No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in America.
UNC has shown the ability to compete at the highest level this season, but its chances of a repeat could go down the drain if it can’t find consistency down the stretch–as Syracuse proved on Saturday.