UNC mens lacrosse loses to No. 9 Syracuse, 12-9, in battle of the Solomon brothers – The Daily Tar Heel

UNC men\s lacrosse loses to No. 9 Syracuse, 12-9, in battle of the Solomon brothers - The Daily Tar Heel

Syracuse Orange mens lacrosse defeats North Carolina 12-9

Minutes after the final buzzer sounded in the Saturday afternoon contest at UNC Lacrosse Stadium, North Carolina first-year attackman Nicky Solomon and Syracuse senior attackman Nate Solomon posed together for pictures. 

The brothers were surrounded by about 30 family members and friends, many of whom made the trip from their hometown of Alpharetta, Ga. and sported custom-made T-shirts that displayed the Solomons jersey numbers and logos of both programs. After No. 18 UNCs 12-9 loss to No. 9 Syracuse, Nate couldnt help but brag a little to his younger brother the first chance he got. 

Williams is entering his sophomore season and played sparingly in 2018. He had his breakout game against Western Carolina, rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown. The Tar Heels could have one of the best backfields in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season and it’s another dynamic added to the offense. On Saturday, Williams was the best back on the field and it showed early on as he rushed for a touchdown and over 50 yards.

He just told me, he goes, Yeah, I had one more point than you, Nicky laughed. Because I guess hes counting in his head, which is kinda the competitive side we always have. 

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Both the Solomons scored multiple times: Nate led the Orange (8-3, 2-2 ACC) with a team-leading three goals and Nicky tied for a team-leading two goals for the Tar Heels (7-5, 1-2 ACC). 

With an hour or so of practice, it wasn’t a full look but a glimpse for fans of what to expect. The biggest takeaway is that this offense should be a lot better. The Tar Heels flashed their potential for big plays in the scrimmage. In addition to the Roscoe Johnson touchdown we showed you, tight end Carl Tucker looked great as well.

Share Share Syracuse mens lacrosse: Orange defense dominates again in 12-9 win over North Carolina tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Syracuse Athletics Every year, both the Syracuse Orange mens and womens lacrosse teams travel together for a road doubleheader. That roadtrip alternates between Charlottesville for Virginia and Chapel Hill for North Carolina, which was this years trip.

After the women fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels earlier in the afternoon, the men had their crack at UNC and continued their hot streak with a big 12-9 win over their conference foe. This was the teams sixth win in their last seven games against the Heels.

For the second straight game, the Orange scored the first goals of the game with Peter Dearth kicking things off with a score in transition before Brendan Curry got away from his long stick defender to make it 2-0. But UNC got into a groove by scoring the next six goals to take a 6-2 lead. That was Cuses worst lacrosse of the afternoon.

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For the next 35:53, Syracuse would only give up one Tar Heel goal to Justin Anderson that came in between a 4-0 run and a 6-0 run. The Orange would take a 12-7 lead with 9:55 left in the game before allowing two goals by UNC to take a 12-9 win.

In addition to Tucker, the run game looked solid on offense. We already knew what Michael Carter can do as he’s flashed a lot of potential over the past two seasons. But on Saturday it was Javonte Williams that stole the show.

Nate Solomon, playing against his younger brother Nicky Solomon, scored a hat-trick and dished out an assist, while Bradley Voigt and Stephen Rehfuss each had three points. Drake Porter made 12 saves and Danny Varello starred at the faceoff X by going 13-of-18 on draws with seven ground balls.

A Nate Solomon (3 Gs, 1 A, 2 GBs)A Stephen Rehfuss (2 Gs, 1 A, 2 GBs)A Bradley Voigt (1 G, 2 As, 2 GBs, 1 CT)M Jacob Buttermore (2 Gs, 2 GBs)M Brendan Curry (1 G, 1 A)SSDM Peter Dearth (1 G, 4 GBs, 2 CTs)M David Lipka (1 G)M Pat Carlin (1 G)

One of the big battles this offseason will be at quarterback. Freshman Sam Howell will battle with redshirt freshmen Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin for the starting job and on Saturday, all three saw action in the game.

D Marcus Cunningham (2 CTs, 3 GBs)D Tyson Bomberry (1 CT, 3 GBs)LSM Jared Fernandez (1 CT, 3 GBs)D Nick Mellen (1 CT, 2 GBs)M Lucas Quinn (1 CT)

The secondary did look confused at times in reaction to UNC’s new offense and they could be working out some kinks. There is a lot of depth back there but they were missing Myles Dorn.

FOGO Danny Varello (13-of-18 FOs, 7 GBs)FOGO Jake Phaup (2-of-5 FOs, 1 GB)FOGO Nick Martin (0-of-1 FO)G Drake Porter (12 saves, 2 GBs)

Both Ruder and Howell looked sharp on Saturday, scoring touchdowns in their drives. Howell threw a touchdown pass on a dime to Roscoe Johnson, showing off his deep ball and accuracy:

A Nicky Solomon (2 Gs, 1 A)M William Perry (2 Gs, 2 GBs)M Justin Anderson (2 Gs)M Timmy Kelly (1 G, 1 A, 1 GB, 1 CT)M Alex Trippi (1 G, 2 GBs)A Brian Cameron (1 G, 2 GBs)

On defense, the Tar Heels gave a few different looks. They will play a lot of nickel this year but new defensive coordinator Jay Bateman threw a few different looks out in the game.

FOGO Zac Tucci (4-of-15 FOs, 2 GBs)FOGO Ryan OConnell (5-of-7 FOs, 4 GBs)FOGO Charles Kelly (0-for-2 FOs)G Caton Johnson (11 saves, 2 GBs)

Another thing that was noticeable was both Jake Lawrence and Chazz Surratt playing outside linebacker. They will be mainly depth pieces on the outside for Bateman.

Testing out my Doctorate of ACC tiebreaking procedures. Assuming Duke hangs on vs. UVA, @CuseMLAX is playing UNC in the ACC Tournament regardless in 2 weeks. It will be in the 4/5 game Thursday if UNC loses at ND next week, and in the 2/3 game Sat if UNC wins at ND. #ACCMLAX

The Orange wrap up their regular season with a road trip to Annapolis to take on the Navy Midshipmen Saturday afternoon at 5 PM on CBS Sports Network.


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