May 5, 2012

Holman Leads UNC to Easy Win Over Michigan

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fifth-ranked North Carolina had its final tune-up of the 2012 regular season as it heads into post-season play, defeating Michigan 19-5 at Fetzer Field before 1,850 fans on Senior Night. Junior attackman Marcus Holman recorded a career-high 10 points, the most by a Tar Heel since, 1997 as 13 UNC players scored goals and 16 players recorded assists.

Coach Joe Breschi's team improved to 11-5 on the season while the Wolverines ended their first varsity season as an NCAA Division I program with a 1-13 mark. Carolina is expected to receive an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will air Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Holman finished the game with a career-high 10 points and a career-high in goals with six. Holman's previous career high for goals in a game was five against Hofstra on April 14. His previous career high for points was seven in that same game against the Pride. His 10-point performance was the most in the game by a Tar Heel since Spencer Deering had 11 points against Delaware on April 12, 1997. Deering shares the school record for points in a game with Bruce Ledwith (11 versus East Carolina on April 1, 1973). Holman became the fourth UNC player to record 10 points in a game.

Carolina also got two goals and an assist from Jimmy Bitter while Joey Sankey and Jack McBride each had one goal and one assist. Davey Emala had two assists for the Tar Heels. Other goal scorers included Chad Tutton, Duncan Hutchins, Thomas Wood, T.J. Kemp, Walker Chafee, Stevie Kirkup, Will Campbell, Pat Foster and Nicky Galasso. The 19-goal outburst was the second highest of the season. UNC scored 20 goals against Mercer on February 12.
 
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Defensively, UNC limited Michigan to five goals, the Tar Heels' low total for goals allowed in the 2012 season. Trevor Yealy had a pair of goals to lead the Wolverines while Andrew Mosko, Zachary Dauch and Brian Greiner scored single goals.

UNC outshot the Wolverines 53-20, including a combined 32-8 in the second and third quarters when the Heels outscored the Maize and Blue 10-1. Carolina also won the ground ball battle 40-22, led by R.G. Keenan with seven and senior long-stick midfielder Mark Staines with four. The Tar Heels won 17 of 27 face-offs as Keenan went 12 for 15 on the night. The 12 wins ran his season total face-off win total to 199.

Steven Rastivo and senior Matt Holman shared time in the goal for UNC with Rastivo making four saves and Holman one. North Carolina native Emil Weiss started in the cage for the Wolverines, making 14 saves and allowing 15 goals in 56 minutes of action.

The Tar Heels opened up the scoring with a pair of goals in the first five minutes as Holman and Pat Foster scored assisted goals from Ryan Creighton and Jack McBride. Michigan answered with unassisted goals by Brian Greiner and Zachary Dauch to tie the game with 8:49 to play in the first quarter.

UNC took the lead for good at 5:45 of the first quarter as Duncan Hutchins scored an unassisted goal that was followed up a little over a minute later by a Joey Sankey goal.

After Michigan scored at 3:10 of the opening period, the Tar Heels went on a 14-1 scoring ran that spanned from 2:18 remaining in the first quarter to 7:35 remaining in the game. Holman left the game with 5:15 to play in the third quarter after his 10-goal performance. In an ironic touch, his older brother Matt, a senior, entered at the point and finished out the game in goal for the Heels. Holman scored or assisted on nine of UNC's 14 goals in the scoring run.

The game marked the final regular-season home appearance for 10 Tar Heel seniors -- Thomas Wood, Mark Staines, Tyler Morton, Jack McBride, Jimmy Dunster, Milton Lyles, Gray Smith, Logan Corey, Charlie McComas and Matt Holman.

With his 10 points, Holman now has 66 points on the season. That is the fourth highest single season total in UNC history behind Bruce Ledwith's 81 points in 1973, Dennis Goldstein's 75 points in 1991 and Billy Bitter's 71 points in 2009. His 33 assists are the fourth most in a season behind Bruce Ledwith's 47 assists in 1973, Ledwith's 45 assists in 1972 and Brendan Carey's 40 assists in 1996.


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