Hofstra vs. North Carolina
March 15, 2006
The Game Story:
Hempstead, NY --

John Keysor's unassisted goal with 1:50 remaining in the game snapped a 5-5 tie and gave the ninth-ranked Pride a 6-5 win over North Carolina at James M. Shuart Stadium Wednesday evening. The goal capped a string of five unanswered tallies by the Pride, including four fourth quarter goals. Hofstra improves to 3-1 with its third straight victory, while North Carolina falls to 2-5 with its fifth consecutive loss (all to ranked opponents).

The Tar Heels controlled play through much of the first half, building a 4-0 lead and preventing Hofstra from getting clear looks at the cage. Nick Tintle scored at 5:22 of the first quarter to give UNC a 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later, Rob Driscoll found the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage. Sean Link put the Tar Heels up, 3-0, with an unassisted goal at the 10:32 mark of the second quarter before Tintle completed the run with his second of the game at 9:32. The Pride finally got on the board when Athan Iannucci scored a man-up goal off a feed from Tom Dooley with 1:26 remaining in the half.

The Tar Heels struck first in the third quarter as Bart Wagner converted a Ben Hunt pass for a 5-1 lead. Dooley started the Hofstra rally with 19 seconds remaining in the quarter as he beat UNC keeper Grant Zimmerman off a feed from Iannucci. The fourth quarter was all Hofstra as it limited the Tar Heels to just three shots, while taking 11 on the offensive end. Dooley netted his second of the game at 13:46 off a Chris Unterstein feed. Tim Treubig then scored an unassisted goal at 8:17 to make the score 5-4 in favor of North Carolina. Rob Bonaguro and Keysor teamed up to tie the score at five with Bonaguro getting the goal. That set up Keysor to play the role of hero. Starting behind the Carolina cage, Keysor got a step on UNC defender David Ryan and came around the left side and zipped a shot past Zimmerman for the win. North Carolina had a possession in Hofstra's end, but turned the ball over with just under a minute left. Hofstra held the ball before a turnover with five seconds left gave it back to the Tar Heels. Iannucci then was called for a cross check with three seconds left, giving UNC a man-up opportunity. But time expired before the Tar Heels could get a shot off.

Matt Southard made all five of his saves in the first half, while Zimmerman finished with 11 saves. The Pride outshot North Carolina, 33-26, and held a 30-24 advantage in ground balls. All-America defender Brett Moyer led the Pride with four ground balls on the evening.

The win was Hofstra's fourth straight over the Tar Heels and the sixth overall in seven all-time meetings.

The Pride is back in action this Saturday when they travel to #6 Princeton. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m.