No. 6 Tar Heels Surge Late to Defeat Dartmouth

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Jimmy Dunster scored a career-high four goals and Steven Rastivo made 12 saves in his first career start to lead sixth-ranked North Carolina to a 12-7 victory over Dartmouth in men's lacrosse action Tuesday night at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels played from behind much of the game before Dunster helped lead a 7-1 Carolina scoring run over the last 17:38 to pull away for the victory.

UNC had several standout individual performances in the game. Dunster matched his career high for goals in a game, a figure he also had against Duke in last year's NCAA quarterfinals. Freshman Nicky Galasso matched his career high for points with five as he scored twice and added three assists. He also had five points in the season opener against Robert Morris. Freshman R.G. Keenan won 18 face-offs which also matched his career high set twice previously this season against Navy and Duke. He went 18 for 21 at the X overall against the Big Green.

After a 14-9 loss to Duke last Thursday, UNC head coach Joe Breschi tweaked his starting lineup for the game against Dartmouth, which fell to 3-3 with the loss. Senior Emmit Kellar and freshman Jordan Smith started on close defense, both earning their first career starts in the process. Sophomore Steven Rastivo, who played in three games as a freshman in2010, saw his first action of this season, making his first career start and making 12 saves while allowing only seven goals.

Besides the big numbers from Dunster and Galasso, Marcus Holman had two goals for UNC, Pat Foster had a goal and an assist and Mark McNeill, Billy Bitter and R.G. Keenan also scored goals. It was the first career goal for Keenan.

Nikki Dysenchuk had two goals and an assist for Dartmouth while Rhett Miller also scored twice for Coach Andy Towers' team. Drew Tunney, Jo DeChiaro and Colin Delaney also scored goals for Dartmouth.

Carolina improved to 6-2 on the season with the victory. Two of the key stats in the game for Carolina were the play at the X where UNC won 18 of 23 and the ground ball area where UNC dominated 34-16, including 10-2 in the fourth quarter, when the Tar Heels outscored the Big Green, 10-2.

Just last Thursday in the five-goal loss against Duke, UNC lost the ground ball battle 36-23 and Coach Joe Breschi had put a big emphasis on improving those numbers heading into the game with Dartmouth. Sixteen different Tar Heels contributed to the ground ball total led by Keenan with eight. Marcus Holman, Ryan Creighton, Mark McNeill and Charlie McComas all had three ground balls for UNC.

Dartmouth was able to solve Rastivo early, scoring on its first two shots on goal. Rhett Miller scored an unassisted goal 2:39 into the match and just 1:46 later Drew Tunney dodged a defender on the left side for another goal to make it 2-0 Dartmouth.

The Tar Heels bounced back, however, and dented the scoreboard on an extra-man goal by Marcus Holman, assisted by Pat Foster, with 5:14 left in the first quarter. The goal came 26 seconds after Dartmouth's Austin Cohen was penalized for slashing. The Heels then tied the game at 2-2 just 1:59 later as Dunster scored the first of his four goals. All four of his goals on the night were unassisted.

Dartmouth regained a two-goal advantage midway through the second quarter, scoring a pair of fast break goals. After Fergus Campbell saved a shot by Galasso with 11:33 left in the second quarter, the Big Green quickly cleared the ball and scored nine seconds later with John DiChiaro scoing off an assist by Nikki Dysenchuk. A little less than two minutes later, Ben Rossman forced a turnover by Duncan Hutchins leading to a fast break with Dysenchuk scoring off an assist by Adam Boardman with 8:38 to play in the first half.

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