It might have been an “off” day for Trevor Baptiste at the face-off X, going just 12-of-20 from the face-off X (which is still really good), but the Pioneers managed to give North Carolina their first loss of the regular season.
Below is today’s Big Board with all of today’s results, box scores, and winning team recaps. Clicking on any box score will take you to that game’s box score. Clicking on the recap cell will take you to that team’s recap.
Monday’s weird top 10 matchup was dominated by Denver for the entire game. The Pioneers were consistent on offense, scoring three goals in each of the game’s first three quarters, en route to a four-goal victory over North Carolina.
In-between Alex Trippi’s two goals for North Carolina, Denver managed to go on a 5-0 run early in the game. Drew Supinski got things going with a man-up goal, and Ethan Walker scored the first of his day. LSM Sean Mayle also got on the board with this snipe:
LONGPOLE LASER from Sean Mayle! pic.twitter.com/j4NCnB1LWh— Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse) March 5, 2018
Walker scored two more times in the win, and Austin French added a goal and three assists to lead all scorers with four points. Alex Ready made nine saves.
Outside of Trippi, UNC got their remaining goals from Chris Cloutier and William Perry, who each had a pair of tallies. With Cloutier’s scores, he got to the 100 career goals plateau. Andy Matthews led the team with three points, all of them on assists. Jack Pezzulla got the start, but gave up seven goals in 36:46 of play. Junior Alex Bassil took over for the remainder of the game.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ - Sean Mayle, LSM, Denver: Along with his lazor early in the second quarter, the senior LSM also recorded two caused turnovers. He’s definitely one of the top three long poles in the country, and you could argue he’s the best at his position in the college game today.
⭐️⭐️ - Austin French, A, Denver: French contributed in a large way on offense. Despite scoring only one goal, French added three assists that were spread throughout the game.
⭐️ - Ethan Walker, A, Denver: The sophomore and possible Big East MVP scored a hat-trick against the 10th ranked Tar Heels that lacked some experience and team chemistry on defense. The sophomore Canadian continues to have a solid season, and will definitely gain All-American interest.