UNC Holds Off Delaware, 14-13

UNC Holds Off Delaware, 14-13

UNC Holds Off Delaware, 14-13

UNC Holds Off Delaware, 14-13


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.

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    by (#65280) on 5/17/10 @1:05PM
hahahahahahahahahaha.... oh sorry just reading the write ups from this weekend, and still laughing about the Syracuse game...
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    by (#139861) on 5/17/10 @2:38PM
Funny stuff.

But about the actual game: great game! This tourney has been great so far. So many one goal games. Wish Curtis Dickson had pulled it off there at the end to tie the game, and then hit the winner in OT. That would have to put him in the lead to win the Tewaaraton.
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    by (#224361) on 5/17/10 @4:40PM
hey bud im pretty sure this is delaware UNC game not army cuse and you make yourself look like such a fool. you act like such a little kid and your apparantly old your going around lax.com laughing about cuse when your anywhere from 25-45 im guessin like seriously you have nothing better to do.get a life creep
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thats why i said
    by (#65280) on 5/17/10 @5:07PM
reading write ups from this weekend and still laughing about the SU game. shake it off little guy. i know its a hard time for you right now. it will all be ok. youll see... plus you have to be stoked... summer break is right around the corner... 8th grade is gonna be a killer.
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oh and!
    by (#65280) on 5/17/10 @5:07PM
hahahahahahaha! still laughing about the SU game.
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8th grade
    by (#236082) on 5/17/10 @5:42PM
wow thats classic. this was a killer game and good to see UNC play great lacrosse on a night when Bitter really didnt play all that well. Tough road for them to the final but it has been a great tourney so far. even if i am a Cuse fan, I just like good lacrosse.
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you are really immature
    by (#219082) on 5/17/10 @6:33PM
ok cuse lost. we will all remember it. grow up.. for someone who can talk alot of sh*t id love to see you go up against any cuse player but this is a totally different game . great job for unc pulling out a nice win
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    by (#238058) on 5/18/10 @7:56AM
hahaha guess what...cuse lost and ur all mad because of it...every1 nos duke will win
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    by (#206721) on 5/18/10 @8:26AM
its up in the air for anyone to grab
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    by (#219082) on 5/18/10 @4:28PM
um no i think cuse played like sh*t so i really dont think they deserve to be in the second round. but all you little kids think you are just so cool. but whatever im going to drop it and congraulate UNC and army on two good games on their part
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u think they play bad cuz they lost......nt (nt)
    by (#238058) on 5/19/10 @8:21PM
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maybe take some grammar lessons
    by (#224361) on 5/18/10 @6:04PM
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    by (#224361) on 5/18/10 @6:03PM
arrogant tool, im in 9th grade and i dont even care about the cuse game but you can keep feeling excited be my guest
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oh excuse me
    by (#65280) on 5/18/10 @6:52PM
Boy... not havin recess sucks! doesnít it?!
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    by (#224361) on 5/19/10 @3:57PM
you act like such a child, im in 9th grade not 9 years old like you act like i am

you must feel really tough talking crap on a 9th grader and by the way this website is about lacrosse and your comments are now just about me being young apparently

seriously grow up
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School's out!
    by (#65280) on 5/19/10 @4:38PM
let OLaxO's ranting continue! tool this, stupid that, scrub, blah blah blah! does your mother know what your doing?

thought i would point out again (just for a laugh)you said SU lost to UVA due to the grass they played on in VA, but what happened at home on sunday. did the dome install grass recently?

and have to laugh how you say im acting young... what name did i ever call you or anyone else on this site. if you look back at all your posts this season 90% of them end with some sort of name calling.

you did not say anyhting this season other then SU was going to be the champs and your wrong about that, and everything else you spew. how this team and that team are not elite... look Kid you need to sit back and learn before you rant.

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    by (#224361) on 5/20/10 @3:36PM
i dont wonna fight anymore and say crap so im done all this shit talking. weve both been being jerks so im stoping and just gonna peacefully talk lax not shit. we good bigsir and bulzac and probably someone else that hates me so eheh good?
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Chill out everyone
    by (#225462) on 5/17/10 @8:02PM
Cuse lost. something they do maybe once or twice in a season. and on top of that usually only to a top 5 team. they lost to army. that has to be a huge surprise for you. people like myself who dont like cuse are happy right now. give them a break. I want someone who hasnt won recently like Duke, UNC, or UMD to win it this year. All my money is on UNC but if something happens to them lets go Maryland. and yes any Cuse player is generally better than most of the world's players but whatever. its a sport. thats like people getting happy because Kobe didnt make a shot and lost the Championship. of course he is 1000 times better than everyone but its nice to see him fuck up
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    by (#233254) on 5/17/10 @9:23PM
^ i agree completely
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Im sorry... i just love to...
    by (#65280) on 5/18/10 @1:07PM
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HS game of the week tab
    by (#65280) on 5/21/10 @12:48PM
Letís talk this weekendís game on this tab...I have tried to start things up... not sure what the site writer is doing, but lets start some dialogue
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