#4 North Carolina Survives Shootout with #12 Delaware

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.

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