Bucknell vs. North Carolina
February 23, 2002
The Game Story:
LEWISBURG, PA.- The 13th-ranked University of North Carolina men*s lacrosse team avenged a stinging loss to Bucknell suffered last season by routing the 19th-ranked Bison 12-3 before a crowd of 2,820 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Freshman Paul Spellman played splendidly in goal for the Tar Heels and a balanced Carolina offense led by Andrew Lucas, Austin Garrison and brothers Bryant and Steven Will had UNC scoring in double figures for the second straight game.

A year ago the two teams met a Loyola College in Baltimore with the eventual Patriot League champion Bison outclassing the Tar Heels 9-4. But it was a different story this year as Carolina carried some momentum to Lewisburg after a scintillating 13-12 triple overtime win against #22 Ohio State last Saturday in Chapel Hill. Carolina has now improved to 2-0 while Bucknell dropped its season opener.

Spellman, from Cockeysville, Md., led a stout defensive effort for Carolina, making 12 saves and allowing only three goals. The Tar Heels also played great man-down defense, allowing the Bison no goals in six tries after Ohio State had exploited Carolina for a quartet of goals in four chances last Saturday. UNC had offensive balance as it got out to a 6-0 lead 3:11 into the second quarter. Both junior midfielder Austin Garrison and sophomore attackman Andrew Lucas had two goals in that opening spurt while each of the Will brothers, junior attackman Steven and freshman midfielder Bryant added one goal. Both Lucas and Bryant Will had assists on those early goals as well. Garrison*s second goal of the game came with just one second left in the first quarter and resulted in a 4-0 Carolina lead after 15 minutes.

Bucknell finally dented the scoreboard with 5:58 left before intermission on an unassisted goal by Andrew Sanders. But less than two minutes later freshman attackman Mike McCall scored his first career goal, assisted by senior midfielder Tim Gosier, to stake Carolina to a 7-1 lead. Dennis Geraghty*s goal less than a minute into the third quarter may have been the start of a Bison comeback but the Tar Heels ran off the game's next five goals to ensure there would be no home team heroics. Freshman attackman Jed Prossner scored his first goal to make it 8-2 and then Steven Will and Lucas each had extra-man goals later in the third quarter to make the score 10-2. Garrison and Bryant Will had the assists on those two goals, respectively.

Bryant Will finished his four-point day with his second goal of the game in the fourth quarter and then Carolina*s last goal of the contest came off the stick of senior midfielder Pat Jackson, assisted by senior attackman Andy Jonas. Sanders scored his second unassisted goal of the game for the Bison with 4:26 left to finish off the scoring.

Lucas finished with three goals and one assist, Bryant Will two goals and two assists, Garrison two goals and one assist and Steven Will two goals to head up the Carolina offense. For the second straight season Justin Sussman played magnificently in goal against Carolina as he made 18 saves but unlike last year he did not receive the same offensive support as he did last year from his teammates.

The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill next Saturday for a game against #14 Navy at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field. That the start of a three-game homestand which also includes #21 Delaware on March 9 at 1 p.m. and #27 Denver on March 17 at 1 p.m.