North Carolina vs. Dartmouth
March 19, 2010
The Game Story:
Men's Lacrosse Has No Answer for No. 2 North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, NC North Carolina struck for nine straight goals to break a 1-1 tie after one quarter and Dartmouth couldn't recover as the Big Green fell to the second-ranked Tar Heels, 15-6, on Friday night.

Dartmouth (2-2) got three points from each of its top players in senior captain Ari Sussman (New Haven, Conn.) and junior Joshua Etzion (Boca Raton, Fla.). Etzion had two goals and an assists, while Sussman posted a goal and two assists. Freshman Chris Costabile (Sykesville, Md.) had his fourth straight multi-point game with a pair of goals. Senior Michael Novosel (Somers, N.Y.) made 12 saves in the loss. It was the third time Novosel has reached double-digits in saves this season.

North Carolina (8-0) remained undefeated thanks to three players recording four or more points with Sean DeLaney leading the way with five points on three goals and two assists. Gavin Petracca tallied three goals as well and added an assist for four points. Jimmy Dunster was the third player to reach four points with two goals and two assists. Chris Mandalon remained undefeated in front of the cage with three saves. Steven Rastivo relieved Mandalon and made three stops in 14 minutes of play.

North Carolina got on the board first with 3:34 remaining to make it 1-0. The Dartmouth defense was holding its own early on, but a failed clearing opportunity led to a break for the Tar Heels and Dunster beat Novosel high to the right side.

The Big Green got even just over a minute later as Etzion continued his hot play after picking up a UNC turnover. Costabile put a shot on net that Madalon stopped, but North Carolina couldn't clear the ball and Etzion caused the turnover and beat Madalon on a couple of fakes.

The Tar Heels owned the second quarter with five unanswered scores to take a 6-1 lead into the locker room at halftime. All five goals for North Carolina came as bombs from the outside. Thomas Wood got the scoring started with a harmless shot from the outside that found its way through traffic and into the net.

Dunster snipped another goal to push the advantage to 3-1, followed by a DeLaney goal two minutes later. The three goals came in a span of 2:22.

Petracca and DeLaney added North Carolina's next two goals in the final 1:10, including DeLaney's second of the night with seven seconds left. Dunster and DeLaney posted two goals and an assist apiece in the half, while Cryder DiPietro added two helpers.

Dunster and DeLaney hooked up again, just 44 seconds into the second half to push the lead up to 7-1 in favor of the Tar Heels. North Carolina extended its streak of nine straight goals with three more coming in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Petracca added his second of the night, while Chris Hunt and DiPietro netted the other two to make it 10-1 with 10:10 remaining in the third.

Junior Rhett Miller (Dallas, Texas) stopped the bleeding with his second of the year with 7:15 left on a man-up situation with the assist credited to Sussman as the Big Green cut the lead to 10-2.

The teams traded goals the rest of the game. Petracca put his third into the net, followed by Etzion's second of the night with 50 seconds remaining in the quarter. Mark Staines answered 17 seconds later to close the frame with his Tar Heels leading 12-3.

The teams each scored three goals in the final quarter with Costabile netting two of the three for the Big Green and Sussman posting the other, but UNC ended up closing out the game for a 15-6 win.

North Carolina outshot Dartmouth 43-22 and 23 turnovers hurt the Big Green all night long. The Tar Heels earned the ground ball advantage at 35-21, while each team recorded goals with a extra man.

The ranked opponent gauntlet continues next week as Dartmouth travels a short distance to No. 9 Duke for a Tuesday night matchup with the Blue Devils.