CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Thirteenth-ranked North Carolina scored seven successive goals over a span of 21:26 midway through the game en route to recording a 13-9 victory over UMBC in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. Sophomore midfielder Marcus Holman led the way for the Tar Heels with four goals while freshman attackman Nicky Galasso added two goals and three assists.
UNC won its second straight game and improved to 3-1 on the season while the Retrievers dropped a second in a row and they are now 1-2 on the campaign. Carolina is now 16-0 at Fetzer Field in the Joe Breschi coaching era going into next Tuesday game at 7 p.m. against unbeaten Pennsylvania.
UNC senior goalkeeper Chris Madalon played another solid game, making 14 saves, a total which tied his career high, and allowing nine goals, three of which were man-up tallies for the Retrievers. Freshman midfielder R.G. Keenan was again stellar at the X, going 15-23 on face-offs and winning 12 ground balls for the second straight game.
Besides the offensive exploits of Holman and Galasso, freshman attackman Pat Foster had two goals, junior attackman Thomas Wood had a goal and an assist and senior attackman Billy Bitter and freshman midfielder Ryan Creighton had a goal and an assist each. Freshman Will Campbell and senior Ed Prevost each scored goals for the Heels while freshman Duncan Hutchins had two assists and freshman Mark McNeill one helper.
Rob Grimm led UMBC with a five-point day with three goals and two assists. Zach Linkous and Scott Hopmann each scored twice for Coach Don Zimmerman's team while Matt Gregoire and Dave Brown each scored a goal. UMBC goalkeeper Brian McCullough made 14 saves and had four ground balls.
The Tar Heels dominated the game statistically but were never able to shake free of the Retrievers who benefitted from three extra-man goals. UNC outshot UMBC 48-31, had a 36-22 edge in ground balls and led at the face-off X 17-9. The Tar Heels also forced the Retrievers into seven failed clears while going 15 for 15 in the clearing game on their end.
The Tar Heels took a 2-0 lead less than six minutes into the game as attackman Pat Foster and midfielder Ed Prevost both scored their second career goals off assists by Galasso and Bitter, respectively. UMBC answered with goals by Linous and Matt Gregoire to tie the score at 2-2 with 1:20 left in the first quarter.
UNC then ran off the next seven goals with the first of the group coming just seven seconds after Gregoire had tied the game. Keenan won the face-off, fed the ball ahead to Wood, who found Galasso cross cage for the put away.
UNC outscored the Retrievers 3-0 in the second quarter, getting back-to-back goals by Marcus Holman, the second on a nifty crease roll 1:40 before halftime. A pair of UNC freshman hooked up on an opportunistic goal 10 seconds before halftime as Ryan Creighton scored off an assist by Duncan Hutchins.
Carolina came out strong in the second half, scoring three times in 5:13 to build a 9-2 lead. Holman scored on the EMO from Hutchins and then Foster and Wood followed with the next two goals, both assisted by Galasso.
But the Tar Heels' healthy cushion did not last long as UMBC fought its way back into the game, scoring three straight goals and six of the next eight. Three of the goals came in man-up situations, all by different goal scorers -- Scott Hopmann, Rob Grimm and Zach Linkous. UNC's Galasso and Holman scored during that span to try to keep the Retrievers at bay but with 7:09 left UNC was up by a mere three goals at 11-8.
Freshman Will Campbell responded by netting his first career goal at 3:07. After a UNC turnover Rob Grimm scored his third goal for UMBC with 1:22 to play before Billy Bitter iced the game for the Tar Heels with an empty-net goal at 1:06.
UNC honored members of its 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1991 NCAA championship teams at halftime of the match as the Tar Heels celebrated Alumni Weekend.
Carolina plays two Ivy League foes next week, hosting Penn Tuesday at 7 p.m. and playing at Princeton next Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. The Retrievers play Johns Hopkins next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore at 4 p.m.
North Carolina vs. Umbc
|Nicky Galasso||(2, 3)|
|Marcus Holman||(4, 0)|
|Thomas Wood||(1, 2)|
|Billy Bitter||(1, 1)|
|Duncan Hutchins||(0, 2)|
|Pat Foster||(2, 0)|
|Ryan Creighton||(1, 1)|
|Ed Prevost||(1, 0)|
|Mark Mcneill||(0, 1)|
|Will Campbell||(1, 0)|