Chapel Hill, N.C.—Junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) tied a career-high with five points, but a Retriever comeback fell short, as No. 11 North Carolina (3-1) defeated UMBC (1-2),13-9,at Fetzer Field.
Grimm scored three goals and added a pair of assists, while freshman midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) and sophomore midfielder Scott Hopmann (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) added two goals apiece.
UMBC was 3-for-3 in extra-man opportunities in the game.
North Carolina was paced by attackman Nicky Galasso who scored a pair of goals and added three assists, while midfielder Marcus Holman scored four goals.
Trailing 9-2 at the 9:47 mark of the third quarter, UMBC rallied furiously and closed the gap to 11-8 on a man-up goal by Linkous with 7:09 to play in the game. After killing off a penalty, UMBC had two opportunities to close with a pair of goals, but a Linkous’ shot attempt was blocked and Grimm’s effort was stopped by Tar Heel netminder Chris Madalon.
Carolina’ Will Campbell would restore the three-goal lead on an unassisted goal with 3:07 left, but Grimm netted his third goal with 1:22 remaining to maintain UMBC’s hopes. But the Tar Heels won the ensuing draw and Billy Bitter closed the scoring at the 1:06 mark to seal the win for the hosts.
UNC struck for the game’s first two goals in the first 5:25 of action, but Linkous and freshman attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) responded with scores to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:20 to play in the first quarter. But UNC controlled the ensuing face-off and Galasso netted his first goal of the game seven seconds later and the Tar Heels led, 3-2, after 15 minutes.
For the second consecutive game, UMBC was blanked in the second quarter as North Carolina built the lead to 6-2 at intermission. The Tar Heels outshot UMBC, 24-10, in the first half and extended the lead to 9-2 before UMBC made its spirited rally.
UMBC junior goalkeeper Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) made a career-high 14 saves, while Madalon stopped 13 in the Tar Heel net. North Carolina outshot UMBC, 48-30, and captured 17 of 26 draws.
Grimm has 15 points in his last four outings and extended his consecutive game scoring streak to eight straight.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, March 12 when they face Johns Hopkins in the Konica-Minolta Face-Off Classic. The final game of a triple-header of lacrosse takes place at M&T Bank Stadium at 4:00 p.m.