North Carolina vs. Fairfield
April 15, 2006
The Game Story:
Drew Habeck's School Record Powers Tar Heels Past Fairfield

Senior sets school record for goal in one half as UNC triumphs 18-9.

April 15, 2006

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina senior attackman Drew Habeck scored seven goals on eight shots in the first half, setting a school record in the process, as North Carolina ran past Fairfield 18-9 Saturday afternoon before 1,207 fans at Kenan Stadium on the University of North Carolina campus.

The Tar Heels improved to 3-9 on the season and ended a nine-match losing streak in the process. Fairfield fell to 4-6 with the loss.

Habeck, a red-shirt senior, who had not scored a goal in his career prior to Saturday's game, got a start on Senior Day as 13 UNC seniors ended their home careers in Tar Heel uniforms. He proceeded to scorch the nets for seven goals on eight shots in the first half, setting a school record for most goals scored in one half.

Habeck fell one goal short of the school record for goals in a game which is eight set by Mac Ford against Adelphi in 1984 and by Jason Wade against Maryland in 1996. Habeck is now the sixth player in UNC history to score seven goals in one game. The last to do that was Bert Fett against Washington College on April 22, 1974.

Fairfield, which was led by four goals off the stick of Mike Bocklet, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game before Nick Tintle's extra-man goal got the Tar Heels going with 9;44 left in the quarter. Back to back goals by Habeck put the Tar Heels ahead and Bocklet's second goal of the first quarter tied the score again at 3-3 with 3:46 left in the period.

UNC ran off the next three goals as Habeck sandwiched goals around a tally by Michael Burns to built a 6-3 lead. That lead did not hold up however as the Stags answered with a three-goal run in the second quarter. Bocklet's fourth goal of the first half tied the score at 6-6 with 3:40 to play.

Carolina then exploded and scored four times in a span of 2:17 starting with Habeck's goal off a pass from defenseman Billy Staines with 3:02 left in the half. Matthias McCall scored his first career goal less than a minute later as he picked up a loose ball and scored into an empty net. Habeck then scored twice more before the half ended with assists by Bobby McAuley and Ben Hunt.

After Greg Downing opened the second half with a goal for Fairfield the Tar Heels ran off four goals in a row off the sticks of Bart Wagner, Nick Tintle, Shane Walterhoefer and Sean Link. The four goals found the back of the net in a span of only 5:03. After Josh Thornton scored for the Stags, UNC finished the quarter with another scoring run with goals by Andrew McElduff, Billy Staines and Bobby McAuley.

The two teams traded goals in the fourth quarter with UNC midfielder Jamie DeBole joining Habeck and McCall as first career goal scorers with 3:42 to play.

Eleven different Tar Heels scored goals. Senior Sean Link had a goal and three assists and senior Billy Staines, a long-stick midfielder, had one goal and one assist. The other seniors to score on Senior Day were Habeck and McElduff. Freshman Bart Wagner had a goal and a career high three assists in the game.

Senior Stephen McElduff had a team-high three caused turnovers for UNC and senior Dave Werry won five of 10 face-offs. Freshman Shane Walterhoefer won 16 of 20 face-offs and he set a career high for face-offs won in a game and matched his career high with eight ground balls.

Grant Zimmerman came off the bench for UNC and played the last 11:13 in goal, making seven saves and not allowing a goal.

UNC concludes its 2006 regular season with a game at Providence next Sunday.