3rd Quarter Surge Lifts No. 6 North Carolina Over No. 19 Brown

The teams traded goals through the first 21:40 before the Tar Heels ran off four goals in a row to take an 8-4 lead late in the second period. After Marcus Holman scored an unassisted goal at 7:39 of the period to give the Tar Heels the lead for good, Davey Emala, Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey scored in succession to make it 8-4 with 3:21 left in the half. Holman assisted on both Emala's and Bitter's goals to give the Tar Heels separation.

Brown notched the final goal of the first half and then scored again on Henry Blynn's first of five goals to make it 8-6 with 13:47 left in the third quarter. The Bears then got an extra-man opportunity with a chance to cut it to one and won the ensuing face-off but Kieran McDonald intercepted a pass by Johnny DePeters 36 seconds into the one-minute opportunity for the Bears.

That proved a key play as Carolina then ran off three straight goals, five of the next six and seven of the next nine as momentum shifted decidedly to the Heels. McDonald finished the game with six ground ball and four caused turnovers as well as his first career goal. The four caused turnovers matched his career high in a game and he was one short of his career high in ground balls.

After McDonald caused the turnover, the Tar Heel offense went into high gear. In the third quarter, UNC scored seven goals on eight shots, failing to score only when a Marcus Holman shot went wide with 6:51 left in the period.

Leading 8-6, the Heels ran off three goals in 1:17 five minutes into the quarter. Pat Foster scored on the EMO from Holman at 10:18. Bitter scored at 9:07 off Sankey's assist and six seconds later the Stowe, Vt., attackman scored again, reaping the rewards of a R.G. Keenan assist. After a Brown goal, Chad Tutton scored on an outside shot at 7:21. Then with 4:30 left and Brown in a 10-man ride, Kieran McDonald scored on a 60-yard bounce shot into the empty net giving the Tar Heels their biggest lead of the game to that point at 13-7.

From then on, each team would score five times. Each time Brown would seem to gain some momentum with back-to-back goals, the Tar Heels would answer. Sankey's successive tallies late in the third quarter made it 15-8 but Blynn then scored twice in a row for Brown to cut its deficit back to five. Eventually, the Tar Heels sealed the deal with goals from Ryan Creighton, off Keenan's second assist, and Jake Matthai, on a high, hard, howitzer at 9:38. The Bears fought back with two more of their own before Davey Emala rounded out the scoring with a timer-on goal at 4:16 of the final period.

For the game, UNC outshot the Bears 38-37 and had a 47-40 edge in ground balls, including a career high seven by Marcus Holman. UNC finished with a 20-14 edge at the X and a 14-11 advantage in saves. Brown committed 19 turnovers and Carolina had 18, including seven in the fourth quarter for the second straight game. Brown's high pressure ride forced Carolina into six failed clears (20 of 26 for the game) while the Bears were 21 of 25 in the clearing game.

The Tar Heels return to action Saturday when they host 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins at Kenan Stadium at 12:00 p.m.. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

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Chapel Hill, NC - Seventh-ranked North Carolina utilized a 7-4 third quarter surge to earn an 18-12 win over 19th-ranked Brown at Fetzer Field before a national audience on ESPNU. The Tar Heels extend their record to 6-2 for the season, while Brown had its five game winning streak stopped, falling to 5-2 overall.

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2013-03-27



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