Carolina upset #1 ranked Denver 12-10 on Friday in Chapel Hill
Heels could be top ranked team on game day

Courtesy GoHeels.com

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -  Fourth-ranked North Carolina went on a five-goal scoring run in less than three minutes in the third quarter to surge ahead for good in an eventual 12-10 victory over top-ranked Denver in men’s lacrosse action Friday afternoon at Navy Field.

In an early-season battle of Top 5 foes, Carolina recorded its first victory over Denver since February 14, 2009.  The Pioneers had knocked UNC out of the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons.  The game was originally scheduled for Fetzer Field but two snowstorms in Chapel Hill this week necessitated the move to the Turf Field facility at Navy Field.  A crowd of 1,722 fans braved the elements and the game was also televised nationally on ESPNU.

With the win, UNC improved to 5-0 on the season while Denver fell to 3-1.  This is Carolina’s first 5-0 start to a season since the 2010 team began the year 10-0.

The Tar Heels spent the entire day peppering shots at the Denver goal.  UNC outshot the Pioneers 57-35, forcing tempo the entire game.  And while UNC’s shooting percentage was not stellar (12 for 57), UNC engineered the game plan to be played more on its preferred...


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