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Kelly (@MPFriars) helps UNC outlast upset-minded @LehighLacrosse, 12-11, in OT

Saturday, 17th February 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/17/18
From Press Release

The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team fought back from an early 5-2 deficit to take a late 11-10 lead, but No. 13/14 North Carolina evened the score with 2:22 remaining and scored the game-winner just 36 seconds into overtime to hand the Mountain Hawks a heartbreaking 12-11 defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill-DE) led the Lehigh offense with four goals, good for his third hat trick in as many games, while junior Eddie Bouhall recorded three groundballs and three caused turnovers.

UNC was led by Charles Kelly (Malvern Prep), who won 15 of 26 faceoffs in a battle against former Duke’s LC teammate Conor Gaffney (Lenape-NJ, 11 of 26).

“That was a great battle today,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “It was an incredibly physical game, played by two teams who were both playing like they had something to prove. Hats off to UNC. Over the course of 60 minutes and 36 seconds, they made a couple more plays and took care of a few more details than we did and that proved to be the difference.”

Pettit added an assist to give him a team-high five points, while also recording a career-high six groundballs. Classmate Tristan Rai tallied three goals and an assist while fellow junior Lucas Spence (Springfield-Delco) had two goals and an assist. In total, nine of Lehigh’s goals came from its starting attack while junior Alexander Tumminello and sophomore Andrew Eichelberger scored the others.

Defensively, Bouhall posted a game-high three caused turnovers while junior Craig Chick had a groundball and caused turnover. Freshman Teddy Leggetttallied three groundballs and a caused turnover.

The Tar Heels jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, which reached 5-2 late in the first quarter. The Mountain Hawks responded with four of the next five goals as Eichelberger’s second of the season evened the score at six early in the second quarter.

From there, the teams traded the next eight goals deep into the second half when Pettit ended that streak with Lehigh’s second straight tally. His 10th goal of the season gave the Mountain Hawks their first lead at 11-10 with 3:04 on the clock. However, UNC’s Timmy Kelly pulled his side even with 2:22 remaining, setting the stage for William Perry to score a game-winner on a rocket that was ticketed for the top corner.

For the game, UNC held a 39-35 edge in shots while the Mountain Hawks held a 30-20 advantage in groundballs. Freshman James Spence (Springfield-Delco) finished with 11 saves, including stopping 5-of-6 sent his way in the third quarter.

“I thought we fought hard all over the field,” said Cassese. “I’m proud of the effort and the compete level. We learned a lot about ourselves, which is why we schedule these types of games. At the end of the day, it would have been nice to win this one, but our main goals lie within Patriot League play. We look forward to getting our league schedule started next week.”

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