No. 9 Tar Heels Start Fast, Cruise by Lehigh

North Carolina held a 37-33 edge in shots and 34-32 advantage in groundballs. The Tar Heels won 14 of 25 faceoffs and were 16 of 19 on clears to the Mountain Hawks' 14 of 17. UNC was 1 for 5 on man-up opportunities and Lehigh was 1 for 4. Farha finished with 11 saves before being relieved by sophomore Dan Carr while the Tar Heels' Rastivo made six saves, allowing four goals and Chris Madalon made three saves and allowed the other four scores.

The Mountain Hawks wrap up the regular season when they host archrival Lafayette next Saturday (Apr. 23) at 7:00 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex. It will mark Lehigh's final test before the Patriot League Tournament, which begins the following Friday (Apr. 29). Tickets are only $5 for the general public while seniors, groups and Lehigh students are only $3. Tickets may be purchased on Lehighsports.com or by calling 610-7LU-GAME.

"We feel fortunate to be in a situation we are, knowing that we're in the tournament," said Cassese. "We have every intention of entering [the tournament] on the upswing after losing the last two in the league. No better way to gain momentum than against your arch rival."

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BETHLEHEM, PA. - Nicky Galasso, Pat Foster and Thomas Wood all recorded hat tricks as ninth-ranked North Carolina defeated Lehigh 15-8 Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 1,493 at Goodman Stadium. The Tar Heels scored the first seven goals of the game and cruised from there to improve to 9-4 on the season heading into next weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Galasso and Foster equaled their career highs for goals in a game with four and three, respectively, while Wood recorded his sixth career hat trick and third of the season, while also adding an assist. Galasso, Billy Bitter and Jimmy Dunster each had three assists to power a UNC offense that recorded assists on 11 of its 15 goals. Dunster matched his career high for assists in a game while Galasso's seven points equaled his career best mark in a match and was just one shy of the school record for points in a game by a freshman.

Galasso's seven points pushed his season total to 51, breaking the school record for points in a season by a freshman. The previous record was 45 set by John Webster in 1990. Galasso now has 29 assists this year, the most by a Tar Heel player since Brendan Carey had 40 in 1996.

The win over the Mountain Hawks, who fell to 6-8, gives the Tar Heels momentum heading into Friday's ACC Tournament semifinal game against fourth-ranked Maryland. That game will be played at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Tar Heels will meet the Terrapins at 5:00 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal game while Duke will play Virginia at 7:30 p.m. in the second semifinal. The ACC championship game is schedule for next Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

UNC improved to 6-1-1 all-time against Lehigh by recording its sixth straight win in the series. The Heels were playing a Lehigh team which had lost a heartbreaking 12-11 decision to Patriot League leader Bucknell on Friday evening. The Tar Heels took advantage by scoring the opening seven goals of the match.

In the opening period the Tar Heels were virtually shot out of a cannon, dominating in shots 13-2 and ground balls 10-3. Six first quarter saves by Griffin Farha helped keep the Mountain Hawks within shouting distance as the Heels led 3-0 after 15 minutes.

Wood opened the scoring off an assist by Dunster at 11:11 of the opening quarter. The Heels then made it 3-0 with a pair ofgoals only eight seconds apart later in the period. Mark McNeill scored an unassisted goal with 2:32 to play in the quarter and eight seconds later Wood scored his second of the opening frame off the first career assist by face-off man R.G. Keenan.

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