UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS RELEASE:
No. 4 North Carolina Wins NCAA Shootout With No. 12 Delaware 14-13
Carolina survives in game which features 10 ties and four lead changes.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fourth-ranked North Carolina got three goals each from Marcus Holman and Sean DeLaney to advance past No. 12 Delaware 14-13 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I at Fetzer Field Sunday night. The game was delayed at the start for one and a half hours because of lightning. The game featured 10 ties and four lead changes.
The Tar Heels advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in the last four seasons and will face Duke again as they did in 2007 and 2009. That game will be played on Saturday, May 22 at Princeton, N.J. at 2:30 p.m and televised nationally on ESPNU. Fifth-seeded Duke advanced to the quarterfinals Saturday with a lambasting of Johns Hopkins 18-5. Duke has won the previous two quarterfinal matchups against the Tar Heels. UNC won this year's regular season meeting 13-7 in Durham on March 10.
Sunday's matchup between the Tar Heels (13-2) and the Fighting Blue Hens (10-7) was everything it was billed to be, a slugfest between two powerful offensive teams. Game time was delayed from 5:05 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. But the weather cleared and it turned into beautiful weather conditions for both teams.
As it has all season, UNC used a balanced scoring attack to survive the Blue Hens' effort. Coming off the bench, Marcus Holman led the Heels with four points on three goals and an assist. Senior captain Sean DeLaney made his first start since March 27 against Maryland and had three goals for UNC. Thomas Wood, Matt Davie and Chris Layne each had three goals for UNC. For Davie, it was the second and third goals of his career and Layne added his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Jimmy Dunster also scored for UNC and Mark Staines had the game-winning goal with 4:52 left in the fourth quarter. Eight of UNC's goals and four of its assists came from non-starters. Besides scoring the game-winning goal, Staines also had a team high five ground balls, sharing that acclaim with Billy Bitter, and Staines also won 7 of 12 face-offs.
Anthony Ruiz had the first hat trick in his career to lead Delaware as he led the Blue Hens with four goals. Martin Cahill had three goals for UD and D.J. Widlake had two goals and two assists. Grant Kaleikau added two goals and an assist for Delaware. Curtis Dickson, Delaware's leading scorer with 62 goals and 13 assists, was held to two assists by UNC defenseman Michael Jarvis, although he did draw three penalties against Jarvis. Dickson, a Tewaaraton Award finalist, did extend his point scoring streak to 57 straight games but he saw his goal-scoring streak halted at 25 games. He had not been shutout in the goal department since a Delaware loss to Georgetown in March 2009.
Delaware outshot the Tar Heels 45-43 and won 18 of 30 face-offs. UNC won the ground ball battle 44-38. The Tar Heels forced UD into 20 turnovers while Carolina made 12. UNC also excelled in the clearing game, succeeding on all 18 of its clear attempts. Meanwhile, Delaware failed on seven of 21. Delaware failed on five first quarter clears which helped the Tar Heels stay in the game early as the two teams combined for 12 goals in the opening 15 minutes.
Delaware benefitted from UNC's fouling, scoring on its first six extra-man opportunities before the Tar Heels shutout out the Blue Hens on their final three EMO attempts. UNC was one-for-three on the EMO.
In the goal, Noah Fossner made 12 saves overall, nine in the first half. Chris Madalon made 14 saves, including seven in the second half when the Tar Heels outscored the Fighting Blue Hens 7-6.
The two teams came out firing on all cylinders. After a foul against Carolina just 15 seconds in, Delaware scored just seven seconds into the EMO to take a 1-0 lead with Martin Cahill scoring the first of his three goals. On the ensuing face-off, Delaware's Carter Bloor was called for slashing and Carolina cashed in at 13:58 with its only EMO goal of the game as DeLaney scored off an assist by Bitter. The Tar Heels took their first lead of the game at 12:39 as Jimmy Dunster scored unassisted from eight yards out on a run down the right alley. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Blue Hens scored just 48 seconds later on the first of four goals by Anthony Ruiz.
Neither team scored for over four minutes before Matt Davie dodged on the right side to beat Fossner with 7:37 left in the quarter, just the second goal of Davie's career and his second in two weeks. Delaware answered at 5:57 as it took advantage of a 1.5 minute EMO with two concurrent fouls against Jarvis. UNC survived the first three shots of the EMO before Cahill scored from Kaleikau with 25 seconds left on the second penalty.
UNC won the ensuing face-off and this time it was Chris Layne who continued his recent scoring success, going hard to the goal and scoring on a 10-yard shot from the right alley. Ruiz answered less than 30 seconds later with his second goal of the quarter and the game was tied again at 4-4 with 4:38 left in the quarter.
After Sean DeLaney hit the pipe with a shot at 2:26, Tyler Morton forced a turnover by Delaware's Carter Bloor and the Tar Heels cashed in. Martin Lyles claimed the ground ball, fed Bitter and the junior attackman found Thomas Wood alone on the crease for a 5-4 lead with 1:34 left in the quarter. The teams were hardly done, however, in the opening stanza. After an interference penalty against Greg McBride at 1:16, Delaware scored just nine seconds into the EMO chance as Kaleikau finished off an assist by Dickson at 1:07.
The Tar Heels responded once again to take a 6-5 lead with 46 seconds left in the half as Carolina forced the Blue Hens into a failed clear and Gavin Petracca scooped up the ground ball and fed Thomas Wood for a one-on-one finish with Fossner at the 46-second mark. The wild first quarter finished with one last Delaware tally as Chris Madalon made a save on a shot by Grant Kaleikau at 17 seconds, but Ruiz hunted down the ground ball and finished his first quarter hat trick with an unassisted goal with nine seconds left in the quarter.
Both defenses settled down in the second quarter as each team was limited to a single goal in the stanza as Fossner made four saves for UD and Madalon three for Carolina.
UNC's lone goal of the period came at 10:15, an unassited tally by Holman as he dodged from behind the cage to the left side, pivoted an sent a scorcher just inside the far pipe. UNC held the lead for most of the quarter before surrendering its fourth extra-man goal of the period. After a slashing call against Charlie McComas, D.J. Widlake scored for the Blue Hens off an assist by Curtis Dickson with 2:53 left in the period.
Delaware would go on to outshoot the Tar Heels in the second half 21-15 but Madalon stepped up his game, making seven second-half saves, including fifth in the third quarter. Meanwhile, UNC scored on seven of its 10 shots on goal in the second half.
The Tar Heels seized the first two-goal lead of the game coming out of the cute in the third period. First, DeLaney scored his second goal of the game, assisted by Dunster, at the 13:04 mark. Then at 9:35 Matt Davie got his second tally of the game, this time beating his man to the left of the cage and dunking the ball past Fossner.
In the blink of an eye, however, Delaware had regained the lead with a three-goal run in just 42 seconds. The Blue Hens cut it to 9-8 as Taylor Burns scored out front off a feed from Nick Elsmo behind the cage at 7:02. On the play, UNC's Ryan Flanagan was called for a slash and Dan Cooney won the ensuing face-off for UD. The Hens cashed in at 6:35 with Widlake's second EMO goal of the game, assisted by Elsmo. Delaware won the next face-off and Carter Bloor fed Ruiz for his fourth goal of the game as UD regained the lead with 6:20 to play in the period.
That forced a UNC timeout. The Heels responded to the Delaware run by scoring the next two goals. DeLaney scored on an outside shot from the left side off an assist by Holman at 4:22. Holman was then the recipient of a pass on the right side from Jeff Muscatello and scored at 3:35 and Carolina was back on top. Delaware had the answer in the form of its sixth man-up goal of the game after Holman was called for a push trying to win the ball after the face-off following his own goal. Delaware again scored quickly on the EMO with Kaleikau netting his second tally off an assist by Widlake.
The next possession swung momentum UNC's way, however. Tyler Morton was called for holding at 2:10 but the Heels held strong. The defense blocked a shot by Dickson at 2:02 and then Madalon made saved an effort by Elsmo at 1:41. Madalon started a clear by passing to Kevin Piegare on the right side. Piegare found Holman beyond the midfield stripe alone, hit him in stride with a frozen rope and the freshman attackman went in unmarked and scored to give the Heels lead for good at 12-11 with 1:29 left in the quarter. It was the first career point for Piegare.
Carolina put itself in another hold when McComas was flagged for a slash with two seconds left in the third quarter.
UD started the fourth quarter on the EMO but Delware threw the ball away 35 seconds into the period. After two more changes of possession, the Heels regained a two-goal lead at 11:39 as Layne scored his second goal of the game, dodging around his defender to score on the crease on the right side.
Just a minute later, Holman's outside shot, which would have given the Tar Heels a three-goal cushion, clanged off the pipe and rebounded all the way out to midfield. UNC retook possession but turned the ball over and on the other end Carolina got flagged for a slash with 7:06 to play. The Blue Hens ended up launching five shots on the possession and finally scored after the expiration of the EMO with Cahill tallying off an assist by Kaminski with 5:04 to play.
Staines matched up with Cooney on the following face-off with the Tar Heels' Cam Wood, claiming the ground ball. Wood scooted down the left alley and found Staines in front of the goal and the big long-stick defender finished past Fossner to make it 14-12 with 4:52 to play.
UNC won the face-off but Cam Wood turned it over only to see Ryan Flanagan win the ball back for UNC just 17 seconds later. The Tar Heels held the ball before a stalling warning against Carolina led to a turnover by Billy Bitter with 2:47 left when he inadvertently left the box.
Delaware cleared the ball, called a timeout to set up a play and it was a good one as Kaminski went hard to the goal from the left side and scored past Madalon with 2:19 to play. The Blue Hens won the next face-off, cleared the ball successfully and called another timeout with 1:53 to play. At the 1:20 mark, Madalon denied Dickson but John Austin tracked down the ground ball. Ruiz committed a turnover at the 43-second mark and the Tar Heels cleared quickly, taking the ball into their own end and with the aid of a timeout killing off all but the last six seconds of the game. Delaware won a ground ball in its own end with two seconds to play but it was too late for the Blue Hens to get off a shot in an effort to tie the game.
In a key stat, UNC's combination of Wood, Holman, Layne and Davie accounted for nine of UNC's 14 goals in the game despite combining for only 11 of UNC's 43-shot total.
Photos by Mark Abbott.
|Marcus Holman||(3, 1)|
|Sean Delaney||(3, 0)|
|Matt Davie||(2, 0)|
|Thomas Wood||(2, 0)|
|Jimmy Dunster||(1, 1)|
|Chris Layne||(2, 0)|
|Billy Bitter||(0, 2)|
|Mark Staines||(1, 0)|
|Gavin Petracca||(0, 1)|
|Jeff Muscatello||(0, 1)|
|Cam Wood||(0, 1)|
|Kevin Piegare||(0, 1)|
|Chris Madalon||14 (0.519)|