North Carolina vs. Delaware
March 9, 2002
The Game Story:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.** Tenth-ranked North Carolina got four goals and one assist from junior attackman Steven Will and four assists from freshman midfielder Bryant Will to race past Delaware 16-9 Saturday afternoon in menĘs lacrosse action at Fetzer Field.

The Tar Heels raced out to a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, withstood a UD rally in the third quarter and then stretched the lead out in the fourth quarter to ease to their fouth win without a loss this season. Delaware got two goals and one assist from Ryan Metzbower and two goals from Andrew Benazzi to lead the FightinĘ Blue HensĘ effort but it was not enough to prevent UD from falling to 2-2 on the campaign. Besides the Will brothers for Carolina, senior midfielder Tim Gosier had three goals, junior midfielder Austin Garrison had two goals and two assists, freshman attackman Jed Prossner had two goals and two assists and freshman attackman Mike McCall added two goals.

UNC jumped out to a 3-0 lead on unassisted goals by Garrison, Prossner and Gosier in the first 3:32 of play. Later in the first quarter the Heels strung three more tallies together in a span of 2:13 as Gosier scored his second, McCall his first and Pat Jackson also scoring in the run. Delaware got on the board 3:02 into the second quarter on a goal by Ryan Overs but McCallĘs second goal and Steven WillĘs first before the half left the Heels with a seven-goal cushion at intermission.

The FightinĘ Blue Hens showed plenty of heart in the third quarter as they came out and scored three successive unassisted goals to cut the UNC lead to four goals with less than eight minutes elapsed in the period. Steven Will scored his second goal of the game, taking an assist from his brother, to quell the rally with five minutes left in the third quarter and UNC led 9-4 at the end of three quarters.

For the most part the respective defenses rested in the final period as the Tar Heels outscored the Blue Hens 7-5 in wild end-to-end action. Prossner scored his second goal and sophomore attackman Andrew Lucas had his first goal just 18 seconds later to push the lead to 11-4 with 12:32 left in the game. After Delaware got a goal by Chris Bickley, the Heels ran off five of the next seven goals with senior attackman Steve Perdue scoring with 48 seconds left to give the Tar Heels a nine-goal edge. Last minute goals by Andrew Benazzi and Andy Hipple enabled Delaware to cut the final margin to seven goals. UNC outshot the Blue Hens 49-36 and the Tar Heels won the ground ball battle 45-34. UNC won 20 of the 29 faceoffs to control possession in the game. David Mullen had 14 saves in goal for Delaware and freshman Paul Spellman made 10 saves for UNC.

The Tar Heels will be off for eight days before hosting Denver on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field.