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

Gavin Petracca led the Tar Heels with six goals scored while Billy Bitter, Marcus Holman and senior midfielder Cryder DiPietro had two goals apiece. Defenseman Sean Jackson had his second career goal while midfielders Jimmy Dunster, Michael Burns, Chris Hunt and Cam Wood each scored once. Bitter led the Tar Heels with four assists while Holman had three helpers and Petracca two. Junior Ed Prevost had his first career assist in the game.

“ I think our offense all around had great game for us,” said Breschi. “Gavin Petracca showed out there today was a great field leader he is with six goals and two assists. Billy Bitter and Marcus Holman had big games for us as well and we got some key goals from the midfield unit.”

Robert Morris' offense was led by Corbyn TaoBrambleby with five goals and an assist while Trevor Moore had three goals for the Colonials and Patrick Smith and Taylor Caparosa had two tallies apiece.

Robert Morris finished the game with a 38-36 edge in shots while UNC led in ground balls 36-35. RMU led in face-offs 19-14. Michael Burns won eight of his 22 face-offs for UNC while Mark Staines won a career-high six in his 11 chances. Carolina had 18 turnovers while RMU committed 19. UNC forced 14 of the 19 Colonial turnovers with junior defenseman Ryan Flanagan leading the way with four caused turnovers.

Flanagan also led the Tar Heels with five ground balls. Chris Madalon went all 60 minutes for UNC in goal, making 11 saves. Robert Morris had four saves in the game with Dillon Pope making one save in 23:28 and Charles Ruppert three saves in 36:32. Both teams cleared the ball well with UNC going 12 for 13 and RMU 12 for 15.

The 31 combined goals were the most in a game UNC has played in since April 8, 2010 when Virginia and Carolina teamed up for 34 goals in a 21-13 win by the Cavaliers.

Gavin Petracca's six goals marked a new career high for him, exceeding the five goals he had against Vermont on March 13, 2007. His eight points matched his career high set previously against Denver on February 14, 2009. Billy Bitter's four assists matched his career high. This is the third time he has had four in a match. He previously had four against Denver on February 14, 2009 and also against Lehigh on February 20, 2010.

Marcus Holman matched his career high for points with five, equaling the total he had against Maryland three Saturdays ago. He had the first multi-assist match of his career with three.

Carolina will return to action next Friday in the semifinals of the 2010 ACC Tournament which will be played at Byrd Stadium on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md. Semifinal games are at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and the championship game is Sunday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m.

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2010-04-17



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