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North Carolina men's lacrosse team was 'on a mission'

North Carolina men's lacrosse team was 'on a mission'

North Carolina overcame several major obstacles to topple No. 1 seed Maryland, 14-13, in overtime on Monday for the program’s fifth NCAA Division I title and first since 1991.

The Tar Heels opened the season without 48.5 percent of its point production from 2015 with the graduation of attackmen Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey and midfielder Chad Tutton. Because of those losses, the team was voted to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s five-team preseason poll.

North Carolina then had to rally from a 3-3 start and needed a seven-goal run in the fourth quarter to outlast Notre Dame, 17-15, on April 23 that even coach Joe Breschi admitted was the linchpin in...

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