North Carolina vs. Virginia
April 23, 2004
The Game Story:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Virginia defeated North Carolina 11-9 in the semifinal round of the 2004 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, being held at Fetzer Field on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Virginia sophomore attacker Matt Ward scored the first goal of the game on an assist from sophomore midfielder Kyle Dixon to put the Cavaliers up 1-0.

North Carolina junior attacker Jed Prossner tied the game 1-1 with 9:08 remaining in the first period. He was assisted on the play by sophomore midfielder Andrew McElduff.

The Cavaliers went back on top 2-1 on a man-down goal by sophomore defender Chris Ourisman with 3:58 left in the period.

Less than a minute into the second quarter, North Carolina junior attacker Mike McCall evened the score 2-2 on a pass from sophomore Scott Falatach.

Virginia regained the lead 4-2 on two straight second-quarter goals by Ward. He was assisted by junior midfielder Nathan Kenney and junior attacker John Christmas, respectively.

With 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter, North Carolina's McCall cut the Cavaliers' lead to one goal on his second goal of the game. He was assisted on the play by senior attacker Andrew Lucas.

Dixon scored on an assist by Christmas with seven seconds remaining in the half to put the Cavaliers on top 5-3 at halftime.

The Cavaliers pushed their lead to 8-3 in the third quarter on three consecutive unassisted goals by Ward, junior attacker Joe Yevoli and sophomore midfielder Foster Gilbert, respectively.

With 2:58 left in the period, North Carolina junior midfielder Bryant Will scored his first goal of the game to make the score 8-4. Will was assisted by junior midfielder Lance Zimmerman on the play.

North Carolina's Prossner scored back-to-back goals to put the Tar Heels within two (8-6) with 6:20 to play. Zimmerman assisted Prossner's man-up goal with 8:04 remaining in the game, while Staines was credited with the assist on the second goal of the run.

Virginia's Ward tallied his fifth goal of the game on an assist by Yevoli to extend the Cavaliers' lead to 9-6 with 4:53 remaining in the game. Yevoli scored his second goal of the game with 3:04 left in the game to put the Cavaliers up by four goals (10-6).

Six seconds later, North Carolina's McCall notched his third goal of the night on a pass by Prossner to make the score 10-7 with just under three minutes to play.

Virginia's Ward recorded his sixth goal, a new career-high, with 1:25 remaining to play to increase the Cavaliers' lead to 11-7.

North Carolina senior midfielder Dave Duffy posted his first goal of the game to make the score 11-8 with 1:01 left on the clock. McCall then registered his fourth goal of the game with 0:12 remaining in the game to cut Virginia's lead to two goals (11-9). Virginia would go on to win 11-9.

Virginia goalkeeper Tillman Johnson set a career record with 19 saves on the night, while North Carolina goalie Paul Spellman notched 16 saves.

Third-seeded Virginia advances to face top-seeded Maryland in the championship game of the 2004 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. at Fetzer Field.