#9 Virginia Nips #5 North Carolina in OT Thriller

The Tar Heels cut the lead to 5-4 with 13:17 left in the third quarter as Billy Bitter pounced on a ground ball after Pat Foster's initial shot was saved. Bitter scored on a bounced shot past Ghitelman just to the left of the crease. Virginia went back up by two goals with 9:08 left in the third quarter as Rhamel Bratton scored on a worm burner off an assist by Colin Briggs.

The Tar Heels cut the lead to 6-5 on a goal by Jimmy Dunster assisted by Nicky Galasso with 6:03 left in the third quarter. Colin Briggs scored his third goal of the game to put the Wahoos up 7-5 with 2:11left in the third quarter. Nick O'Reilly earned his second assist of the game on the goal. The Tar Heels got a very fortuitous goal with 1.8 seconds left in the third quarter as Thomas Wood stole an Adam Ghitleman clearing pass at midfield and fed Billy Bitter who finished past Ghitelman just as the quarter was about to end.

Virginia increased its lead on a coast-to-coast goal by Rhamel Bratton with 12:49 left in the fourth quarter. Bratton picked off a pass from behind the cage, pivoted and went all the way for the tally. Carolina answered that goal with a tally by Ryan Creighton with 9:50 left in the game off an assist by Nicky Galasso. Creighton, who normally plays defensive midfield, was left open on the crease, and he finished Galasso's pass for the goal.

Virginia countered just 43 seconds later as Chris Bocklet scored when he found himself alone in front and took a pass from Colin Briggs for the goal. The Cavaliers regained a three-goal lead, their biggest of the game, when Nick O'Reilly scored an unassisted goal with 6:53 to play as he rolled the crease on the right side.

The Tar Heels cut the lead to 10-8 with 3:14 to play as Mark Staines scored after a clear, assisted on the play by Billy Bitter. After Rhamel Bratton was flagged for a cross check against Bitter on the goal, UNC won the ensuing face-off and Mark Staines scored again to pull the Tar Heels within 10-9 with 3:01 to play in the game.

Virginia won the ensuing face-off and called timeout but Rhamel Bratton's shot went wide with a little less than two minutes left and Steven Rastivo backed up the play. The Tar Heels cleared the ball and called timeout with 1:35 left. The Tar Heels worked the ball around for a minute and a half before Jimmy Dunster found Thomas Wood on the crease and he deked Ghitelman and scored the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left.

It was a tough loss for the Tar Heels who have lost eight in a row to Virginia but the last four games have been decided by a total of five goals. Virginia has recorded four one-goal victories over UNC since 2007 including overtime wins in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

North Carolina will have two games in the coming week. The Heels will play host to Presbyterian on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Fetzer Field before traveling to Bethlehem, Pa. to meet the Lehigh Mountain Hawks next Sunday at 12:00 p.m.. That game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Television.

The Tar Heels will then play in the ACC Tournament at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. on April 22 and 24. Saturday's result locks the Tar Heels into the middle of the bracket depending on the result of next Saturday's Duke-Virginia game. UNC will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the tournament depending on the outcome of that game.

Score by Period       1  2  3  4 OT  Tot
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North Carolina...... 1 2 3 4 0 - 10
Virginia............ 1 4 2 3 1 - 11

Attendance: 4,598

North Carolina SCORING:
GOALS: Billy Bitter 2; Mark Staines 2; Jimmy Dunster 1; Thomas Wood 1;
R.G. Keenan 1; Ryan Creighton 1; Michael Burns 1; Ryan Flanagan 1.
ASSISTS: Nicky Galasso 3; Billy Bitter 1; Jimmy Dunster 1; Thomas Wood 1.

Virginia SCORING:
GOALS: Colin Briggs 3; Steele Stanwick 2; Rhamel Bratton 2; Chris Bocklet 2;
Nick O'Reilly 1; Shamel Bratton 1.
ASSISTS: Colin Briggs 2; Nick O'Reilly 2; Steele Stanwick 2; Rhamel Bratton 1.

SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
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North Carolina...... 7 8 16 9 2 - 42
Virginia............ 3 15 7 6 3 - 34

GROUND BALLS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
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North Carolina...... 9 7 11 10 1 - 38
Virginia............ 7 8 10 7 1 - 33

FACE-OFFS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 OT Total
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North Carolina...... 2-3 2-6 4-5 2-8 1-1 - 11-23
Virginia............ 1-3 4-6 1-5 6-8 0-1 - 12-23

CLEARS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT Total
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North Carolina...... 3-4 6-6 8-10 5-5 1-1 - 23-26
Virginia............ 7-7 6-6 5-7 5-5 1-1 - 24-26

EXTRA-MAN OPPS 1 2 3 4 OT Total
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North Carolina...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 - 1-1
Virginia............ 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 - 1-2

SAVES BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
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North Carolina...... 1 4 2 1 0 - 8
Virginia............ 5 3 6 1 0 - 15

TURNOVERS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
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North Carolina...... 2 2 4 3 0 - 11
Virginia............ 5 3 6 3 0 - 17

Penalties - North Carolina 2/1:00; Virginia 1/1:00.

SCORING SUMMARY:
Prd Time Team Type Goal Scorer Assists H-V
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1. 1st 10:39 VA EVEN Shamel Bratton (18).... Rhamel Bratton (4)..... 1-0
2. 9:44 NC EVEN Ryan Flanagan (3)...... Unassisted............. 1-1
3. 2nd 7:46 VA UP Chris Bocklet (26)..... Steele Stanwick (20)... 2-1
4. 1:58 VA EVEN Colin Briggs (14)...... Steele Stanwick (21)... 3-1
5. 1:21 VA EVEN Steele Stanwick (22)... Nick O'Reilly (4)...... 4-1
6. 0:52 NC EVEN Michael Burns (1)...... Nicky Galasso (22)..... 4-2
7. 0:40 NC EVEN R.G. Keenan (2)........ Unassisted............. 4-3
8. 0:10 VA EVEN Colin Briggs (15)...... Unassisted............. 5-3
9. 3rd 13:17 NC EVEN Billy Bitter (17)...... Unassisted............. 5-4
10. 9:08 VA EVEN Rhamel Bratton (14).... Colin Briggs (6)....... 6-4
11. 6:03 NC EVEN Jimmy Dunster (12)..... Nicky Galasso (23)..... 6-5
12. 2:11 VA EVEN Colin Briggs (16)...... Nick O'Reilly (5)...... 7-5
13. 0:02 NC EVEN Billy Bitter (18)...... Thomas Wood (9)........ 7-6
14. 4th 12:49 VA EVEN Rhamel Bratton (15).... Unassisted............. 8-6
15. 9:50 NC EVEN Ryan Creighton (4)..... Nicky Galasso (24)..... 8-7
16. 9:07 VA EVEN Chris Bocklet (27)..... Colin Briggs (7)....... 9-7
17. 6:53 VA EVEN Nick O'Reilly (2)...... Unassisted............. 10-7
18. 3:14 NC EVEN Mark Staines (2)....... Billy Bitter (9)....... 10-8
19. 3:01 NC UP Mark Staines (3)....... Unassisted............. 10-9
20. 0:06 NC EVEN Thomas Wood (15)....... Jimmy Dunster (3)...... 10-10
21. OT 0:46 VA EVEN Steele Stanwick (23)... Unassisted............. 11-10


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