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Luke Goldstock and Stephen Kelly recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Following its comeback victory over No. 1 Notre Dame, North Carolina’s Luke Goldstock has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate Stephen Kelly is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Junior attackman Goldstock was the key player in an 8-1 fourth-quarter scoring burst as No. 16 North Carolina came from five goals down with less than 10 minutes to play to upset top-ranked Notre Dame, 17-15.
Goldstock opened scoring 17 seconds into the game but was then held without a point by the Notre Dame defense through the end of the third quarter. With UNC trailing 14-9, Goldstock scored at 10:40 left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to four. Notre Dame answered with a goal 39 seconds later before UNC went on a 7-0 scoring run to end the game. Goldstock assisted on Michael Tagliaferri’s goal with 8:16 left to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 15-12. He then scored back-to-back goals at 4:47 and 3:48 to pull Carolina within 15-14. The Niskayuna, New York, native got his fifth point of the quarter when he assisted Patrick Kelly’s goal with 1:49 to play to make it 17-15 and cap off UNC’s furious comeback.
Junior midfielder Kelly played an integral role in the Tar Heels’ defeat of the Fighting Irish. Going up against a pair of Fighting Irish face-off men, Kelly won 19 of 35 face-offs and matched a season high with 12 ground balls. The Lutherville, Maryland, native won seven of 10 face-offs in the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels outscored the Fighting Irish 8-1 in the final frame to rally from a five-goal deficit for the win. He scored the game-winning goal with 2:50 left off his own face-off win, giving the Tar Heels a 16-15 lead in the eventual 17-15 victory.
The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be played this weekend at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia. The top-seeded Tar Heels will face No. 4 seed Syracuse at 6 p.m., and No. 2 seed Notre Dame will meet No. 3 seed Duke at 8:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet on Sunday at Noon for the ACC Championship and the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. All three games will be broadcast on ESPNU and available via the WatchESPN app.