Lehigh vs. North Carolina
February 28, 2009
The Game Story:
BROOKLANDVILLE, MD. - North Carolina's men's lacrosse team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 14-6 victory over Lehigh at St. Paul's High School in Baltimore. Senior attackman Bart Wagner and junior midfielder Sean Delaney led the Tar Heels with four goals each. Wagner also had three assists in the game and finished with seven points, exceeding his career high of six established against Marist on March 18, 2008.

The Tar Heels outshot the Mountain Hawks 56-24 and had a 51-28 edge in ground balls as Lehigh fell to 0-3 on the season. UNC also won 14 of 23 face-offs with all 14 face-off wins coming from Shane Walterhoefer.

UNC's balanced scoring attack included four goals each by Wagner and Delaney who also had his career high for goals scored with his previous high being three. Billy Bitter added two goals for UNC while Gavin Petracca, Thomas Wood, Sean Burke and Chris Hunt each had one.

Wagner had three assists while Bitter, Bobby McAuley, Petracca and Thomas Wood had two each. Sean Burke and Jimmy Dunster, who earned his first career start, had single assists.

Lehigh was led by Brian Bienemann who had three goals while Adam Johnston, Matt Diehl and Dan Honeywell each had single goals.

UNC outshot Lehigh 21-2 in the first quarter and jumped to a 4-0 lead on goals by Wagner, Petracca, Bitter and Delaney. After Lehigh cut the lead to 5-3 with 6:25 left in the second period, UNC ran off the last four goals of the quarter from Wood, Bitter, Wagner and Hunt to make it 9-3 at the half.

The teams traded goals in the second half with the Mountain Hawks getting within 11-6 with 11:39 to play. But Delaney scored to make it 12-6 with 9:02 left and then Wagner had two goals at 7:54 and 7:23 to finish up the scoring and keep the Heels unbeaten.

Next up for UNC is the University of Detroit Mercy, in its first varsity season, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field.