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May 11, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Top-ranked North Carolina overcame a slow start to race past 10th-ranked Lehigh 16-7 in the first round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. Eleven different Tar Heels scored in the game as UNC rung up its largest margin of victory in an NCAA game since 1990 when current head coach Joe Breschi served as the senior captain for the Carolina team.
ACC champion North Carolina improved to 13-3 on the campaign, its most wins in a season since 2010, and advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in Breschi's five years as head coach. The Tar Heels will be making their first quarterfinal appearance in three years next Sunday in Indianapolis, Ind., at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Tar Heels will play the winner of tonight's NCAA first round game between Denver and Albany.
The Tar Heels finished the regular-season ranked #5 in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls but entered the game as the #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Mountain Hawks led 2-1 after the first quarter but Carolina scored the opening five goals of the second quarter and never looked back. Carolina maintained at least a two-goal lead for the last 40:11 of the game. The Mountain Hawk stuck around until late in the third quarter but UNC outscored the Patriot League champions 7-1 over the last 15:56 of the match to capture the victory going away. Lehigh finished its outstanding 2013 season with a record of 12-5.