No. 3 North Carolina Gets by RMU in High-Scoring Afffair

Both teams played resilient defense in the fourth quarter, allowing their opponent to just two scores, which finalized the game 17-14.

North Carolina went two for four on man-up opportunities and held the Colonials scoreless on all three of their chances.

Madalon made 11 saves for the Tar Heels to earn the win, while Charles Ruppert (Long Island, N.Y./Massapequa) added three for the Colonials.

Robert Morris returns to action on Saturday, April 24 when it travels to Fairfield, Conn to take on future NEC foe Sacred Heart at 1:00 p.m.

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MOON TOWNSHIP, PA. - In a matchup of the nation's top-ranked offensive and defensive teams, third-ranked North Carolina got a combined 19 points from the starting attack unit of Gavin Petracca, Billy Bitter and Marcus Holman as it defeated Robert Morris 17-14 Saturday afternoon on Senior Day for the Colonials at Joe Walton Stadium.

With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 11-1 on the season heading into next Friday's ACC Tournament semifinals at College Park, Md., while the Colonials fell to 8-4 on the campaign.

After scoring only five goals on 47 shots in last Saturday's 7-5 loss to top-ranked Virginia at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., Carolina's offense stepped up in a big way against the Colonials, scoring 17 goals on 36 overall shots, including 10 goals in the first half on only 15 shots.

UNC scored 17 goals on only 21 shots on goal as the Colonials were only able to make four saves in the match. Senior attackman Gavin Petracca had a career-high six goals in the game and he matched his career best with eight points overall.

Junior attackman Billy Bitter equaled his career high for assists in a game with four and he had six points overall, while freshman attackman Marcus Holman had career highs for assists with three and points with five as Carolina matched its season high for goals scored in a game which first came against Lehigh on February 20 in a 17-5 UNC win at Fetzer Field.

Robert Morris came into the match with the nation's top-ranked scoring offense at 15.73 goals per contest while UNC entered play with the top-ranked scoring defense at 6.36 goals per game.

As things evolved, it was the offenses on both sides that put on a show. The Tar Heels allowed a season-high 14 goals, exceeding the 11 that Princeton scored against UNC on March 16 in a 12-11 Carolina triumph. The 14 goals were the most allowed by UNC since Duke beat the Heels 15-13 in the ACC Tournament championship game last season on April 26, 2009.

Even with those 14 goals, the Colonials were still 1.73 goals short of their average despite being only the ninth Tar Heel opponent in the last 31 games to score in double digits against UNC's defense. Carolina's man-down defense did a good job as the Colonials did not score in three opportunities. RMU came into the game with the nation's top-ranked EMO unit at .571. Carolina's unit came in ranked No. 3 at .559 and it scored on two of its four chances.

“I'm really proud of our guys for coming up here and getting a hard-fought road win coming off our loss to Virginia last Saturday. It was good to bounce back into the win column heading into the ACC Tournament,” said UNC head coach Joe Breschi.

“We knew coming in that Robert Morris was a very skilled offense and they showed why it has the No. 1-ranked scoring offense in the country. That was as good as any offense we've played this year. No matter how you try to prepare to play against it, it is hard to simulate that kind of style in practice. Their Canadian style of offense is very hard to get used to.”

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2010-04-17



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