April 20, 2013

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Balanced Offense Helps UNC Roll Over High Point

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Fifth-ranked North Carolina built a 16-1 lead and never looked back as the Tar Heels defeated High Point 20-8 Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 1,942 fans.

Fifteen different Tar Heels scored goals in the game as Carolina improved to 10-3 on the season with its seventh successive win. High Point dropped to 3-11 on the campaign despite playing the Tar Heels even in the second half.

UNC had five multi-goal scorers with Marcus Holman, Jimmy Bitter, Joe Costigan, Joey Sankey and Patrick Kelly each scoring two goals. Stephen Burns led the Tar Heels with two assists. Other goal scorers for Carolina were Will Campbell, Ryan Creighton, T.J. Kemp, Matt Shannon, Sean Taylor, Walker Chafee, Jake Bailey, Pat Foster, Steve Pontrello and Chad Tutton all scoring once.

Joe Costigan, Jake Bailey and Matt Shannon all had their first goals in Tar Heel uniforms while Carson Clough had his first career assist.

High Point was led by Dan Lomas and Mitchell Dupere who each scored two goals. Brad James notched a goal and three assists for the Panthers.

Two landmark goals came in the opening period for the Tar Heels as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead just 12:19 into the match. When Jimmy Bitter scored with 9:07 to play in the first quarter he became 51st Tar Heel in history to score 50 career goals. Then at the four-minute mark, Marcus Holman scored an unassisted goal for the Tar Heels to put UNC up 4-0. Holman's goal extended his consecutive games streak with a goal to 28 in a row, breaking the the school record of 27 games set by Mac Ford from May 21, 1983 through May 19, 1985. Holman's 28-game goal scoring streak began against Detroit on February 18, 2012.

Carolina's win was the 10th of the season. The Tar Heels have now won 10 or more games in each of the first five seasons of Coach Joe Breschi's head coaching tenure. He is the first UNC head coach to accomplish that. The last time UNC won 10 or more games in a season as many as five years in a row was six successive campaigns from 1989-94.

UNC outshot the Panthers 43-18 and had a 46-32 edge in ground balls. UNC won 19 of 31 face-offs with Frankie Kelly going 10 for 17 at the X while leading the team with six ground balls. R.G. Keenan was a perfect 9-for-9 at the X to go with five ground balls before giving way to Kelly.

Both teams shot the ball well with 28 goals in the game and only 17 saves. The pace of play led to a plethora of turnovers with the Panthers committing 22 and the Tar Heels 16. UNC was excellent in the clearing game, however, going 23 for 23.

After leading 7-1 after the opening period, UNC outscored the Panthers 6-0 in the second period with six different players scoring goals. The Tar Heels opened the second half with three goals in the opening 1:18 before High Point dominated the remainder of the period, running off six successive goals to cut UNC's lead to 16-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Carolina then outscored the Panthers 4-1 in the final frame with Joe Costigan netting a pair of tallies.

UNC returns to action next Friday when it plays host to the 2013 ACC Tournament at Kenan Stadium. Maryland plays Virginia at 5 p.m. in the opening semifinal while Carolina takes on Duke at 7:30 p.m. in the second semifinal game. The championship game is Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m.


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