The No. 17 Penn State men’s lacrosse team (0-1) lost its season opener to No. 6 North Carolina (1-0), 14-10, in Kennesaw, Ga.
The Nittany Lions struggled early to get into a rhythm, losing the first seven faceoffs of the game and falling into a 5-1 deficit in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the team was able to fight back, taking advantage of a North Carolina foul, the Lions scored with 0:19 remaining and trailed only 8-5 going into the half.
Penn State’s defense was unable to take control in the second half. The Tar Heels, led by Davey Emala with four goals, scored six more to give Penn State its first loss of the season.
Goalie Ausin Kraut, a preseason honorable mention All-American, had 15 saves in his first game of the year. On the offensive side, Kyle VanThof, Matthew Mackrides and Nick Dolan, all contributed two goals for Penn State, and Jack Forster led the team in points with three assists.