April 4, 2009
The Virginia men's lacrosse team improved to 12-0 on the season Saturday, knocking off North Carolina 11-10 in the Big City Classic.
Virginia got off to a good start on Saturday. Garrett Billings and Danny Glading scored two quick goals in the first quarter to give the Cavaliers an early 2-0 lead. But from there, Carolina would go on a 7-1 run and take a four goal lead late in the second. Down 7-3, the Cavaliers turned to Shamel Bratton and he gave the team a huge lift. Bratton scored over a 3:10 period in the second quarter, cutting UNC's lead to 7-6 at the half.
The Cavs would pull even in the third quarter when Brian Carroll found the back of the net at the 13:27 mark. The two teams would trade goals in the third until Carroll gave the Cavaliers the lead with his second goal of the day.
Virginia would add to that lead in the fourth when Glading scored his third goal of the day. Carolina got the lead down to one on an Evan Petracca goal, but the Cavaliers would extend the lead back to two less than a minute later when Billings scored his second goal of the game.
Carolina got back within one on a Bart Wagner goal with just over eight minutes to go. Wagner had a chance to try and tie the game with one second to go, but UVa's Adam Ghitelman came up with the save to give Virginia the win.
Virginia is now 12-0 this season, 2-0 in the ACC. The Cavaliers will try to wrap up the ACC regular season title next Saturday when they take on Duke. The game is set to face-off at 4 pm in Durham, NC.