North Carolina vs. Michigan
May 5, 2012
The Game Story:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The fifth-ranked North Carolina men's lacrosse team had its final tune-up of the 2012 regular season Saturday, defeating Michigan 19-5 at Fetzer Field before 1,850 fans on Senior Night. Junior attackman Marcus Holman recorded a career-high 10 points, the most by a Tar Heel in a game since 1997, as 13 UNC players scored goals and 16 players recorded points in the match.

Coach Joe Breschi's team improved to 11-5 on the season while the Wolverines ended their first varsity season as an NCAA Division I program with a 1-13 mark. Carolina is expected to receive an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, its sixth successive NCAA bid. The NCAA selection show will air Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Holman finished the game with career highs for points (10) and goals (6). Holman's previous career high for goals in a game was five against Hofstra on April 14. His previous career high for points was seven in that same game against the Pride. His 10-point performance marked the most in the game by a Tar Heel since Spencer Deering had 11 points against Delaware on April 12, 1997. Deering shares the school record for points in a game with Bruce Ledwith (11 versus East Carolina on April 1, 1973). Holman became the fourth UNC player to record 10 points in a game joining Harper Peterson (May 13, 1970 versus Duke), Ray Seipp (May 13, 1970 versus Duke) and Mac Ford (April 21, 1984 versus Adelphi).

Holman's six goals were also the most in a game by a Tar Heel since Billy Bitter had eight goals against UMBC on May 9, 2009.

Carolina also got two goals and an assist from freshman attackman Jimmy Bitter while freshman attackman Joey Sankey and graduate student attackman Jack McBride each had one goal and one assist. Junior Davey Emala had two assists for the Tar Heels. Other goal scorers for UNC included Chad Tutton, Duncan Hutchins, Thomas Wood, T.J. Kemp, Walker Chafee, Stevie Kirkup, Will Campbell, Pat Foster and Nicky Galasso.Chad Tutton. Stephen Burns and Ryan Creighton each had single assits for Carolina. The 19-goal outburst was the second highest of the season. UNC scored 20 goals against Mercer on February 12.

Defensively, UNC limited Michigan to five goals, the Tar Heels' low total for goals allowed in a game during the 2012 season. Trevor Yealy had a pair of goals to lead the Wolverines while Andrew Mosko, Zachary Dauch and Brian Greiner scored single goals for Coach John Paul's team. Will Meter and Willie Steenland each had assists for the Wolverines.

UNC outshot the Wolverines 53-20, including a combined 32-8 in the second and third quarters when the Heels outscored the Maize and Blue 10-1. Carolina also won the ground ball battle 40-22, led by R.G. Keenan with seven and senior long-stick midfielder Mark Staines with four. Twenty different Tar Heels had at least one ground ball in the game. Michigan goalkeeper Emil Weiss led the Wolverines in ground balls with seven.

The Tar Heels won 17 of 27 face-offs as Keenan went 12 for 15 on the night. The 12 wins ran his season total face-off win total to 199 and his seven ground balls give him 98 for the year.

Carolina's 10 turnovers were the second fewest it has committed in a game this season. Michigan made 18 turnovers, including 13 in the second half. The Tar Heels were 22 of 24 in the clearing game while Michigan went 15 of 19. UNC went two for three on the extra-man while Michigan did not score on its one chance. Junior Steven Rastivo and senior Matt Holman shared time in the goal for UNC with Rastivo making four saves and Holman one. Cary, N.C. native Emil Weiss started in the cage for the Wolverines. He made 14 saves and allowed 15 goals in 56 minutes of action.

The Tar Heels opened up the scoring with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of play as Holman and Pat Foster scored assisted goals from Ryan Creighton and Jack McBride, respectively. Michigan answered with unassisted goals by Brian Greiner and Zachary Dauch to tie the game with 8:49 to play in the first quarter.

UNC took the lead for good at 5:45 of the first quarter as Duncan Hutchins scored an unassisted goal on a right side alley dodge that was followed up a little over a minute later by a Joey Sankey goal as the freshman curled around the crease and dunked the ball past Weiss.

After Michigan's Yealy scored at 3:10 of the opening period, the Tar Heels went on a 14-1 scoring ran that spanned from 2:18 remaining in the first quarter to 7:35 remaining in the game. Holman left the game with 5:15 to play in the third quarter after his 10-point performance was finished. In an ironic touch, his older brother Matt, a senior, entered the game at the point and finished out the contest in goal for the Heels. Holman scored or assisted on nine of UNC's 14 goals in the scoring run from late in the first quarter until midway through the fourth period. Holman scored an unassisted goal at 2:18 of the first quarter to make the score 5-3 and just 25 seconds later Nicky Galasso scored on the extra-man off a Holman assist to make the score 6-3.

UNC went on to outscore the Wolverines 3-0 in the second quarter with Jimmy Bitter making it 7-3 at 13:19. Holman scored off a Bitter assist at 9:57 of the period and just 21 seconds later it was Holman who assisted Thomas Wood to make it 9-3. Neither team scored the remainder of the opening half.

The Tar Heels notched the first two goals of the second half with Holman scoring unassisted at 14:05 and Jack McBride scoring his 101st career goal off an assist by Emala 54 seconds later.

Michigan's Yealy scored his second goal of the game with 11:30 left in the third quarter before UNC ran off the next seven goals. Holman scored two goals and had two assists in that 7-0 run. Other goals came from Bitter, Tutton, Chafee, Campbell and Kemp. Michigan's Andrew Mosko ended the Tar Heel scoring run at 4:51 of the fourth quarter before UNC's Stevie Kirkup finished off the scoring in the game with 3:35 to play.

The game marked the final regular-season home appearance for 10 Tar Heel seniors -- Thomas Wood, Mark Staines, Tyler Morton, Jack McBride, Jimmy Dunster, Milton Lyles, Gray Smith, Logan Corey, Charlie McComas and Matt Holman.

With his 10 points, Holman now has 66 points on the season. That is the fourth highest single season total in UNC history behind Bruce Ledwith's 81 points in 1973, Dennis Goldstein's 75 points in 1991 and Billy Bitter's 71 points in 2009. Holman's 33 assists are the fourth most in a season in Carolina history behind Bruce Ledwith's 47 assists in 1973 and his 45 assists in 1972 and Brendan Carey's 40 assists in 1996. Holman's 33 goals in 2012 are tied for the 18th most in a season in UNC history.