INDIANAPOLIS, IN- UNC men’s lacrosse is set to battle it out with Denver on Sunday for a spot in the NCAA Final Four, after being ousted by the Pioneers from NCAA Tournament play last year.
The Tar Heels have historically performed well against Denver; they lead the two teams’ overall record at 8-2. But UNC is still looking for revenge after falling to the Pioneers 16-14 in last year’s NCAA first round game in Chapel Hill.
Both teams are bringing impressive records to the field; the fifth-seeded Heels, who took the ACC tournament crown, are at 13-3 overall and are currently on a 10-game winning streak. Last weekend, UNC took down Lehigh 16-7 for its largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament game since 1990.
Fourth-seeded Denver, meanwhile, is 13-4 overall, ranking fifth nationally in scoring offense at 12.71 and seventh nationally in points per game at 19.82. UNC and Denver have both scored 12 goals or more on 10 different occasions this year.
Individual standouts for the Pioneers include senior Eric Law and sophomore Wesley Berg, who are tallying 69 points and 67 points, respectively. Meanwhile, for the Heels, Marcus Holman is leading the way, ranking fourth nationally with 4.94 points per game. He’s also at sixth place nationally in assists per game at 2.63.
Game time for the NCAA quarterfinal round is set for noon on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.