North Carolina vs. Navy
March 4, 2006
The Game Story:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sixth-ranked Navy got four goals from attackman Ian Dingman and nine saves from senior goalkeeper Matt Russell as the Midshipmen defeated the 17th-ranked Tar Heels 11-3 in men's lacrosse play Saturday afternoon before 1,782 fans at Fetzer Field. The game was the 2006 home opener for the Tar Heels who fell to 2-2 on the season while Navy improved to 3-0.

Navy's veteran offense controlled the game as seniors Jon Birsner on attack and Steve Looney in the midfield combined for six goals and three assists and redshirt junior Ian Dingman, who was recruited in the same class at Birsner, Looney and Russell, scored four goals. Senior goalkeeper Matt Russell played all 60 minutes for the Midshipmen and he made nine saves while allowing only three goals. Russell also had five ground balls for the Midshipmen.

UNC opened the scoring in the opening minute of the game on an unassisted goal by freshman midfielder Bobby McAuley. Navy then outscored the Tar Heels 11-1 over a span of 44:45 in the game to lead 11-2 with 10:02 left in the game. UNC scored the game's final goal as McAuley fed fellow freshman Bart Wagner, one of three freshman attackmen in UNC's five-man rotation at the position, for a goal with 4:15 to play. Wagner had one goal and one assist for the Tar Heels and McAuley had the same offensive numbers.

Navy outshot the Tar Heels 34-27 and dominated the ground balls 39-23. UNC's defense did force 15 turnovers while Carolina had only nine but the Tar Heels lost the face-off battle 10-8 and Navy led in saves 9-8. The Tar Heels had seven failed clears and Navy had five.

Navy also cashed in from the seven penalties called on Carolina as the Midshipmen converted for two man-up goals. UNC went zero for three on the extra-man.

Attackman Nick Mirabito had a goal and an assist for Navy while William Wallace won 10 of 16 face-offs, had six ground balls and also added an assist. Looney matched Wallace's team-high ground ball total.

The Tar Heels' freshman goalkeeper Grant Zimmerman made his first career start for UNC and had to contend with close-in shots from the Midshipmen all day. No Navy goal was scored from more than eight yards from the goal mouth. Zimmerman made eight saves on the day.

Senior defenseman Hayward Howard had a team-high five ground balls and freshman Shane Walterhoefer won seven of 13 face-offs and had three ground balls.

UNC will play the second game of a two-game homestand when the Tar Heels play host to Ivy League opponent Pennsylvania Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field.