UNC Women’s Lacrosse Remain No. 3, Men Fall to No. 13

A win in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament was not enough to move the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team up in the latest Inside Lacrosse rankings.

UNC still sits at No. 3, behind Maryland and Florida – which happen to be the only two teams that beat the Tar Heels during the regular season.

UNC has won 13 games in a row since the back-to-back losses to Florida and Maryland in late February, going undefeated through the conference regular season. UNC won the ACC Tournament on the strength of a pair of one-goal victories over Duke and Syracuse.

Syracuse is fifth in the new polls and the narrow loss to Carolina in the ACC semifinals actually vaulted Duke three spots in the rankings to No. 14.

Meanwhile, the UNC men’s lacrosse team fell three spots to No. 13 in the latest poll after losing to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

Carolina was the top seed in the tournament, after knocking off Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were the top-ranked team in the country. Syracuse went on to defeat Duke in the conference title game.

Up next for both squads is the NCAA Tournament. The women’s team is automatically in the field after winning the conference title. The men will learn their fate on May 8 during the NCAA Tournament selection show.


UNC Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Syracuse in ACC Tournament

No. 1 seed North Carolina was knocked off in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal on Friday night.

Fourth-seeded Syracuse led throughout the game, jumping out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

UNC pulled to within 6-4 at the half but could never close the gap further.

Syracuse got a 10-7 victory over UNC and will take on the winner of Duke and Notre Dame on Sunday.


5 From UNC Men’s Lacrosse on All-ACC Team

UNC men’s lacrosse placed five players on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team announced on Wednesday.

The five selections are senior short-stick defensive midfielder Jake Matthai, senior attackman Steve Pontrello, junior close defenseman Austin Pifani, junior face-off man Stephen Kelly and junior midfielder Michael Tagliaferri.

This is the first selection to an All-ACC team for each of the five Tar Heels.

The Tar Heels knocked off No. 1 Notre Dame in Kenan Stadium last weekend to win a share of the ACC regular season title. Carolina is the top seed heading into the ACC Tournament in Kennesaw, Georgia. UNC will face fourth-seeded Syracuse in a semifinal matchup at six o’clock Friday night.


UNC Men’s Lax Knocks Off No. 1 Notre Dame; Wins Share of ACC Regular Season

The UNC men’s lacrosse team rattled off a series of goals in front of 3,371 fans at Kenan Satdium on Saturday afternoon for a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish were visiting the Tar Heels on Senior Day and got off to a hot start. Notre Dame led UNC 15-10 with just over 10 minutes to play. Then the offense for the 16th-ranked Tar Heels reached another gear, scoring seven straight goals over a 7:29 stretch as the game was coming to a close.

Luke Goldstock and Steve Pontrello each scored four goals and added two assists to their offensive lines to lead the UNC attack.

UNC moved to 8-5 on the season and 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame fell to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

The win secured the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament for Carolina, which begins on Friday in Kennesaw, Georgia. The Tar Heels will face fourth-seeded Syracuse in the first semifinal at six o’clock on Friday night.

No. 2 seed Notre Dame will face third-seeded Duke in the other semifinal. The championship game will then be played on Sunday.

This is the first time since 1996 that the Tar Heels are the top seed in the ACC Tournament. It’s also the first co-regular season conference championship for UNC since 2013.


UNC Lacrosse Splits Results at Syracuse

A 5-0 scoring run fueled the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels women’s lacrosse team to a victory over No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.

The 12-11 victory was the ninth in a row for UNC.

Ela Hazar led the attack for Carolina with two goals and four assists for a career-high six points. Sammy Jo Tracy scored three goals and added one assist to her effort.

The victory maintains the Tar Heels’ undefeated play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Saturday’s win, along with Duke’s loss to Notre Dame, clinched the ACC regular season title for UNC for the second year in a row and seventh time overall.

UNC will be back on the field on Saturday for its final home game of the season hosting Duke.

The UNC men’s team also faced Syracuse over the weekend but was not as successful. The No. 11 Tar Heels lost to the No. 10 Orange 13-7 at Syracuse.

The loss dropped UNC to 7-5 on the season and 2-1 in the ACC. UNC has a big matchup with No. 1 Notre Dame next Saturday in a game that will be played at Kenan Stadium. A win against the Fighting Irish would give the Tar Heels the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.


UNC Goalie Named Co-ACC Defender Of The Week

UNC men’s lacrosse goalie Brian Balkam has been named Co-ACC Defender of the Week after his role in the Tar Heels’ 16-8 victory over Virginia.

Balkam made a career-high 14 saves and allowed just two goals in the first half as UNC jumped out to a 10-2 lead.

He shares the award with Notre Dame defensive midfielder John Sexton.

The Tar Heels are now 7-4 overall and 2-0 in the ACC.

They return to action Saturday when they take on Syracuse in New York.


UNC Men’s Lacrosse Beats Duke

In another North Carolina – Duke clash, the No. 15 Tar Heels knocked off the ninth-ranked Blue Devils in an overtime thriller on Friday night.

UNC came away from Durham with a 17-16 win after Patrick Kelly scored the game-winning goal with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period.

The Carolina offensive attack was led by Steve Pontrello’s career-high six goals. Nine different Tar Heels found the back of the net against Duke.

This was the fourth consecutive game in the series to be decided by one goal.

UNC is now 1-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play and 6-4 overall. Duke fell to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.

Carolina will be back in on the field on Sunday, April 10, hosting Virginia.


Top 25 Matchups End with Mixed Results for UNC Lacrosse

The highly-ranked North Carolina men’s and women’s lacrosse teams had a pair of top-25 games over the weekend with different outcomes for the Tar Heels.

The third-ranked UNC women’s team won its fifth game in a row, and fourth consecutive road game, over the weekend with a victory at No. 12 Boston College.

The Eagles were flying high after a win over No. 2 Syracuse before the matchup with the Tar Heels.

Carolina came out firing, building up an 8-1 lead in the first half. But Boston College closed the gap before halftime and cut the lead to 11-10 with more than 16 minutes left to play.

The Tar Heels scored two insurances goal to extend the margin to 13-10 before Boston College scored the final two goals of the game to bring the final score to 13-12.

Carolina will be back on Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill on Wednesday as the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech.

Meanwhile, the sixth-ranked Maryland Terrapins knocked off No. 12 North Carolina in College Park on Saturday.

Maryland led throughout the majority of the game. The Tar Heels pulled within two goals at 8-6 in the third quarter but could never get over the hump.

The Terrapins held UNC scoreless over a 16-minute stretch in the second half to secure the win.

No. 17 Carolina has another tough matchup on the horizon, travelling to Durham to take on No. 11 Duke on Friday.


UNC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Get Top-25 Wins

The North Carolina men’s and women’s lacrosse teams continued the strong start to the teams’ respective seasons with a pair of top-25 wins over the weekend.

The No. 17 men’s team defeated 19th-ranked Richmond 15-6 on Saturday night at Fetzer Field.

Chris Cloutier set a career high with seven points in the Tar Heel victory and Brian Balkman recorded 12 saves for a new career high.

Richmond scored the first goal of the game before a five-goal run from UNC put the Tar Heels ahead for good.

Richmond was making its second trip to the Triangle; the Spiders defeated Duke 12-10 in early March.

UNC has a big matchup against No. 7 Maryland on Saturday in College Park. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

The No. 4 Tar Heel women’s team defeated No. 10 Northwestern in overtime on Sunday afternoon to improve to 7-2 on the season.

Aly Messinger scored just 14 seconds into the extra period for the UNC victory.

Messinger scored two goals and had two assists to lead the offensive output for the Tar Heels. Marie McCool scored twice and six Carolina players scored one goal.

UNC will travel to Boston College for its next game on Saturday.


UNC Men’s Lacrosse Snaps 2 Game Losing Streak; No. 4 Women Knock off No. 7 UVA in ACC Opener

The UNC men’s lacrosse team rode a career-high five goals from Steve Pontrello to an 18-2 victory over Manhattan on Monday afternoon.

Twelve different Tar Heels scored as No. 17 North Carolina snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 on the season.

This is the second time this season Pontrello has posted a career-high in goals. In the season-opener against Michigan in early February, Pontrello netted four goals in the UNC victory.

Luke Goldstock added two goals and two assists in the Carolina victory over the Jaspers on Monday.

UNC will be back in action at seven o’clock on Saturday night hosting No. 19 Richmond.

The fourth-ranked UNC women’s lacrosse team improved to 5-2 on the season as the team began ACC play over the weekend with an 11-10 double-overtime victory over No. 7 Virginia.

Sydney Holman scored with two seconds remaining off of an assist from Aly Messinger to give the Tar Heels the win.

The women’s lacrosse team will take the field in Elon against the Phoenix at seven o’clock on Tuesday night.