Ohio State vs. North Carolina
March 12, 2003
The Game Story:
Jed Prossneršs Late Goal Lifts Tar Heels Past Ohio State In Menšs Lacrosse Austin Garrison has three goals and one assist, Paul Spellman 18 saves for UNC.

COLUMBUS, OHIO­­ North Carolinašs Jed Prossner scored an extra-man goal with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter Wednesday afternoon to lift the No. 14 Tar Heel menšs lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over No. 25 Ohio State at OSUšs N orth Turf Field. The game was played in 40 degree weather before a crowd of 627.

The win lifted UNC to 2-2 after the Tar Heels had suffered heartbreaking losses to Navy in four overtimes and to Notre Dame in the previous two contests. Ohio State fell to 1-2. This is the second straight year that these two teams have played down-to-the-wire contests as Carolina won last year in Chapel Hill 14-13 in three overtimes.

Prossneršs goal helped rally the Tar Heels to the win after Ohio State had scored five straight goals in the third and fouth quarters to go from a 7-3 deficit to an 8-7 lead over Carolina with 12:39 to play. But just six seconds after OSU took that lead Carolina tied the score at 8-8 on a goal by freshman attackman Ryan Blair, assisted by Prossner. Neither team scored for the next 10:50 before Prossneršs go-ahead goal, assisted by Kyle Bell, helped lift UNC to the win.

Paul Spellman was brilliant in the goal for the Tar Heels as he equalled his career high for saves in a game with 18 while allowing only eight goals. The Buckeyes outshot the Tar Heels 39-32 for the game, including a margin of 27-13 in the second half. But Spellman was huge in the fourth quarter as he made seven stops in that period alone, including one on a shot by Ohio Statešs Curtis Smith with nine seconds to play. Smith led the Ohio State offense with four goals on the day while Anthony Gilardi had a goal and two assists for the Buckeyes.

Austin Garrison led UNC offensively with three goals and one assist. Prossner had two goals and an assist for Carolina, Mike McCall had two goals and Bell had a goal and an assist. Carolina started the game with a 1-0 lead as Garrison scored the first of his three goals with 13:36 left in the first quarter. Smithšs first goal of the game with 6:17 left in the first quarter tied the score but scores by McCall, Prossner and Garrison lifted the Tar Heels to a 4-1 lead with 12:21 left in the second quarter. After Smith scored for Ohio State to cut the lead to 4-2 the first half finished with a flurry with three goals in the final minute of play. McCall scored an extra-man goal with 59 seconds to play but just five seconds later Anthony Kelly retaliated for the Buckeyes. Kyle Bellšs goal with nine seconds left in the first half extended UNCšs lead to 6-3.

Garrison scored his third goal of the game with 11:58 left in the third quarter to put Carolina up 7-3 but for the next 14 1/2 minutes the game got away from the Tar Heels. Nick Miceli started the OSU run followed by extra-man goals by Smith and Gilardi. When Mike Norton scored with 3:24 left in the third quarter the game was tied at 7-7.

That set the stage for the fourth quarter with the early goals by Smith and Blair and the late tally by Prossner which gave Carolina the victory. UNC won the ground ball battle 30-29 while the Buckeyes won 11 faceoffs to 10 for Carolina. UNC scored two extra-man goals on four opportunities and the Buckeyes scored twice on Carolinašs five penalties.

The Tar Heels will return home for their next two games, playing Denver (3-2) this Saturday at Fetzer Field at 12 noon and No. 8 Duke (5-1) next Wednesday at Fetzer Field at 7:30 p.m.