Keenan's Overtime Goal Carries No. 6 UNC Past No. 8 Hopkins

Sankey scored an unassisted goal before Ryan Kilpatrick fed Marcus Holman for the first of five transition goals UNC had in the game, making it 3-1 with 3:24 left in the period. Thirty seconds later Emala scored his second goal to make it 4-1 Carolina and prompting a timeout by the Blue Jays.

Hopkins got the next two goals of the game before Holman scored again from Kilpatrick on a fast break with 1:17 left in the half.

In the second half, Hopkins came out firing on all cylinders, scoring on all four of its shots on goal in the third period. Zach Palmer's unassisted goal at the six-minute mark eventually tied the game at seven all. Carolina had the last goal of the third quarter as Ryan Creighton raced 50 plus yards on a one-man clear and scored top shelf with 3:23 to play.

Carolina went back up by two goals, again converting on a fast break with Jimmy Bitter scoring from Marcus Holman with 14:22 left in the fourth quarter. But that would be UNC's last goal for nearly 13 minutes while Hopkins got tallies from Ryan Brown, Zach Palmer and John Greeley to take the lead 10-9 with 4:36 left and set up all the late-game dramatics.

The win was the fourth in a row for Carolina and its third win over a nationally-ranked team in the last week. Carolina returns to action next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. facing ACC foe Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in a nationally-televised ESPN3 game.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC R.G. Keenan scored his only goal of the game six seconds into overtime to lift sixth-ranked North Caorlina to a dramatic 11-10 win over eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins at, appropriately, Kenan Stadium, Saturday afternoon. Keenan's goal gave the Tar Heels the win in a game they never trailed until the last five minutes of regulation, but tied late to force extra time.

The Blue Jays took their only lead of the game with 4:36 remaining in regulation when senior John Greeley capped a long possession by getting to the middle of the field and beating North Carolina goalie Kieran Burke from 10 yards out to make it 10-9.

The Tar Heels, playing from behind for the first time in the game, got the equalizer with 90 seconds left on the clock when Chad Tutton drove from the top of the box and found Davey Emala on the doorstep. Emala turned and shoveled a shot past Pierce Bassett to force the fourth tie of the game.

Johns Hopkins won the ensuing faceoff and had possession for the final 1:23 out of a timeout, but the Tar Heel defense kept the Blue Jays away and never allowed a clean look at the goal to force overtime. There, Keenan took over to lift the 'Heels to their fourth consecutive victory.

The frantic ending seemed almost appropriate in a game that Carolina led by three goals once and two goals four different times, only to have the Blue Jays fight back each time.

After Emala and Ryan Brown traded goals in the first four minutes of the game, the Tar Heels grabbed the momentum with a three-goal run late in the first quarter to grab a 4-1 lead.

Sophomore Joey Sankey used a pick along the goal line to get topside on his defender and rifled home an eight-yard shot to make it 2-1 and Marcus Holman and Emala scored goals just 30 seconds apart to make it 4-1.

After the Tar Heel defense forced a turnover, Holman scored in transition and Emala went backdoor on his defender and took a perfect feed from Tutton just off the crease and scored to give UNC the three-goal lead.

The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 4-2 late in the first quarter as junior Brandon Benn blew home a 10-yarder while the Blue Jays had the man advantage and Lee Coppersmith broke a long scoring drought for both teams when he dodged down the ally and ripped a 12-yard shot to make it 4-3.

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