#12 UNC Weathers Big #4 Irish Rally, Wins in OT

UNC went on to outscore Notre Dame 2-1 in the second frame. At 9:23, Holman took a cross cage feed from Bitter in close and scored a diving goal. Less than a minute later it was freshman Ryan Creighton rolling the crease from behind to make it 5-1. It marked the fifth successive game in which Creighton has scored. Notre Dame answered with a goal by Tyler Kimball at 7:17 to cut the Tar Heel lead to 5-2 at the half.

The Irish came out and got the first goal of the thirdquarter as David Earl scored unassisted at 13:49. The Heels responded, however, with a pair of goals to pull back ahead by four goals. Creighton scored his second goal of the game on some outside heat assisted by Duncan Hutchins at 9:58 and then Foster scored the first of his two goals at 7:57 as he finished on the left side from five yards past Kemp. Earl got his second goal of the third quarter with 4:16 to play and the teams headed to the final frame with the Tar Heels ahead 7-4.

Carolina opened the scoring in the fourth quarter on a goal by Marcus Holman, cutting across the face of the goal and finishing off a pass from the right side by Galasso. The goal gave the Heels an 8-4 lead with 14:17 to play.

The game then took a turn for the worse from a Carolina standpoint. The Tar Heels had trouble holding onto the ball, committing an uncharacteristic eight turnovers in the final 14:10 of the game. It was only two weeks ago that the Heels had similar fourth quarter troubles as they surrendered a four-goal lead against Maryland in the final frame as lost to the Terps 7-6 in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

This script would end differently, however, but not without plenty of action. Notre Dame made it 8-5 as Westy Hopkins scored with 6:22 to play. After the Tar Heels got the ball back, they were able to kill significant clock before turning the ball over. Despite a penalty by UNC, it was Rastivo who made a save on a shot by Pat Cotter with 2:37 during the EMO and the Heels still appeared in great shape. But things unraveled from there. Holman turned the ball over on a pass to the cage with 1:52 to play and the Irish cashed in with a goal by Sean Rogers at 1:24. Jake Marmul won the ensuing face-off and fed Colin Igoe for for a score just seven seconds later.

Notre Dame's Marmul won the following face-off after the ball got knocked around but Rastivo saved a shot by Hopkins with 52 seconds to play. Carolina turned the ball over and Notre Dame called timeout. Earl's shot hit the pipe with 16 seconds to go but Igoe jumped on the ground ball and scored three seconds later to cap the frenetic Irish comeback. Just a couple of minutes later Foster ended for UNC as the Tar Heels locked up a likely at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Carolina finished with a 36-35 edge in shots and 36-30advantage in ground balls. Notre Dame committed 14 turnovers while UNC had 16. UNC came into the game leading the nation in fewest turnovers per game at 12.14 per contest. Carolina committed eight in the fourth quarter alone and that was a big factor in allowing theFighting Irish to come back and force overtime.

Carolina improved to 20-1 at Fetzer Field in head coach Joe Breschi's three-year tenure. The game marked the first overtime win for the Tar Heels since March 28, 2009 when the Tar Heels beat Johns Hopkins 10-9 at Fetzer Field. Carolina has now won 51 of their past 57 games against non-conference opponents and improved to 31-3 against non-league teams under Breschi's tutelage.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. A goal from Pat Foster just over a minute into overtime gave No. 12 North Carolina a 9-8 victory over third-ranked Notre Dame in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Friday evening at Fetzer Field. The Fighting Irish conclude the regular season with a 10-2 record.

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2011-05-07



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