#4 North Carolina Survives Shootout with #12 Delaware

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.

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