Sankey Nets Four as No. 12 Carolina Rebounds vs. Dartmouth

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Marcus Holman scored his 100th career goal and Joey Sankey had career highs for goals and points in a game as 12th-ranked North Carolina defeated Dartmouth 13-5 at Fetzer Field Monday afternoon. A crowd of 804 fans on a bitterly cold day watched the Tar Heels improve to 4-3 on the season, while Dartmouth fell to 2-3.

Next up for the Tar Heels is a match-up with top-ranked Maryland Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN3.

Holman had four goals and an assist for the Tar Heels while Sankey had a career high four goals to go along with three assists for a personal best seven points to power the UNC offense. Senior midfielder William Scroggs and freshman attackman Patrick Kelly each scored their first career goals for UNC. Chris Costabile and Brendan Rotanz led the Big Green with two goals each.

Holman became only the ninth Tar Heel in history to score 100 goals when he tallied an unassisted goal with 35 seconds left to play in the second quarter, giving the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead at intermission. Prior to the next face-off the officials took that ball out of play to give Holman a well-earned keepsake. His four goals on the day give him 102 for his career. He is now tied with Jeff Sonke (1998-2001) and Mike McCall (2002-05) for sixth place on Carolina's career goal scoring list. Holman's four goals give him 14 career hat tricks

Joey Sankey's four goals were a new career high and his sixth career hat trick. He had scored three goals in a match on five previous occasions (versus Mercer, Lehigh, Duke and Maryland in 2012 and versus Air Force in 2013). His three assists were one short of his career high set nine days ago against Princeton. His seven points broke his previous career high of six (vs. Mercer and Duke last season and Princeton this year).

The Tar Heels outshot the Big Green 54-23 with decided margins in each quarter. UNC also won the ground ball war 43-24 and excelled at the face-off circle where it won 15 of 22 draws. The Tar Heel defense harassed the Big Green in 23 turnovers while UNC committed only 13.

Goalkeepers on both side of the ball played extremely well. Freshman Kieran Burke played 56:27 for the Tar Heels and made 10 saves while allowing five goals. His .667 save percentage is the best of his brief career. Andrew O'Connell finished in the cage for UNC, making one save in 3:33.

Bernie Susskind of the Big Green was under siege for most of the game but he came up big with 18 saves while allowing 13 goals in 56:27. Ham Sonnenfeld finished in the cage for Dartmouth and made three saves in the final 3:33 of action.

After a rough outing against Duke last Wednesday, UNC's face-off men bounced back with stellar performances as R.G. Keenan went 12 for 18 at the X and Frankie Kelly was 3 for 4. Keenan led the Tar Heels with seven ground balls while Kieran McDonald had five. McDonald also forced a game-high three turnovers. Defenseman Robert Osgood led the Big Green, scooping up six of the squad's 24 ground balls.

Dartmouth opened the scoring as Chris Costabile found himself unmarked in front and took a pass from Adam Fishman to make it 1-0 Big Green 2:19 into the match. The Tar Heels ran off the next three goals and never relinquished the lead after that.

Sankey was a factor in all three first quarter goals. With UNC two-men up, he scored off an assist from Holman at 7:55 of the quarter. Carolina scored again on the man up with 2:33 left in the quarter as Holman's goal gave UNC the lead off Sankey's assist. The Tar Heels tacked on another goal with 16 seconds left in the quarter as Sankey finished off a transition opportunity with an assist from Davey Emala.

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