#9 Virginia Nips #5 North Carolina in OT Thriller

The first two Virginia shots were not on target but Stanwick was able to get the game winner after UNC defenseman Charlie McComas slipped on the wet turf. Stanwick went around the left side and scored one-on-one with UNC goalie Steven Rastivo to notch the game-winning tally.

Colin Briggs finished with three goals and two assists to lead the Virginia effort while Stanwick had two goals and two assists and Rhamel Bratton had two goals and an assist. Chris Bocklet had two goals for Virginia and Nick O'Reilly had a goal and two assists.

UNC had one of its most balanced offensive games of the season with eight players scoring goals. Billy Bitter and Mark Staines each had two goals for UNC while JimmyDunster, Thomas Wood, R.G. Keenan, Ryan Creighton, Michael Burns and Ryan Flanagan eached scored once.

UNC got three goals from defensemen, one from a defensive midfielder and one from the face-off man as all areas of the field helped keep the Tar Heels in the game. Nicky Galasso had a tremendous game for the Heels with three assists, breaking the UNC freshman record for assists in aseason with 24.

The Tar Heels outshot the Cavaliers 42-34 and won the ground ball battle 38-33. R.G. Keenan led the Heels in ground balls with eight as he went 11-22 at the X. UNC forced the Wahoos into 17 turnovers while UNC committed only 11. Gray Smith and Ryan Flanagan each had two caused turnovers for UNC.

In the cage, Adam Ghitelman made 15 saves for Virginia while Steven Rastivo had eight for UNC. Both teams had one extra-man goal and both did well in the clearing game with Virginia going 24-26 and UNC 23-26.

The first quarter ended with the score tied at 1-1 with the Tar Heels outshooting the Cavaliers 7-3. Adam Ghitelman made five saves in the first quarter to lead the Wahoos' defensive effort. Virginia opened the scoring with 10:39 left in the first quarter on a 10-yard shot by Shamel Bratton assisted by his twin brother Rhamel Bratton.

The Tar Heels tied the game at 9:44 on a half field shot by Ryan Flanagan after he caused a turnover, scooped up the ground ball and scored from about five yards inside the midfield line as he caughtGhitelman outside of the goal.

The Cavaliers outscored the Tar Heels 4-2 in the second half while outshooting Carolina 15-7 in the second 15 minutes of the game. Virginia opened the second quarter on the extra-man after a 30-second foul on the Tar Heels for illegal procedure but UNC killed off the infraction. Virginia took the lead 2-1 with 7:46 left in the first half on an extra-man goal by CraigBocklet assisted by Steele Stanwick after Marcus Holman was assessed a 30-second foul for pushing.

After the two teams combined for just three goals in the first 28 minutes of the half five goals were scored in the last two minutes of the half. The Cavaliers made it 3-1 with 1:58 left in the first half on a goal by Colin Briggs assisted by Steele Stanwick. Virginia increased its lead to 4-1 just 27 seconds later on a goal by Stanwick, assisted by Nick O'Reilly.

Carolina answered with 52 seconds left in the half in an unsettled situation off a clear as Michael Burns scored his first goal of the year assisted by Nicky Galasso. It was Galasso's 22nd assist of the season as he broke the Tar Heel record for assists by a freshman in a season which was initially established by Pat Welsh in 1985.

Off the subsequent face-off, UNC scored 12 seconds later as R.G. Keenan scored his second goal of the season, pulling the Tar Heels within 4-3. Virginia won the following face-off and with 9.6 seconds left in thehalf Colin Briggs scored his second goal of the game on a dodge on the right side to make it 5-3 Wahoos.

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2011-04-09



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