Burke Saves 23, as No. 4 North Carolina Tops No. 18 Virginia

North Carolina travels to Hofstra next Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. tilt on Long Island.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - Led by a 23-save performance by freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke, the fourth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels defeated No. 18 Virginia 10-7 in action Saturday afternoon before 6,787 fans at Klockner Stadium.

Carolina was outshot in the game 51-32 but Burke carried the Tar Heels the entire game, making the most saves by a UNC goalkeeper since Paul Spellman had 25 in a 10-6 victory over Maryland on March 22, 2003. Burke's 23 saves are also the fourth highest total by an NCAA Division I goalkeeper in the nation this year.

With the victory, UNC wins its fifth in a row this season, its longest winning streak since starting the 2010 campaign with 10 consecutive wins. The Tar Heels are now 8-3 overall and they finish 2-1 in the ACC, earning no less than a tie for first place in the regular-season standings. The Cavaliers are now 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the ACC.

It was Carolina's first regular-season win over the Cavaliers since April 23, 2004 when the Tar Heels won 11-9 in Chapel Hill. It was UNC's first regular season win at Klockner Stadium since April 7, 2001 when Carolina beat the Wahoos 7-5.

Marcus Holman led the Tar Heels offensively as he had six points on three goals and three assists. Jimmy Bitter and Chad Tutton each had two goals and an assist for UNC while Joey Sankey had two goals.

Holman ran his goal scoring string to 26 games in a row. Sankey's two goals give him 50 for his career while Bitter ran his career goal total to 48. Holman now has 111 goals in his career, moving him into a tie for third place on Carolina's all-time goal scoring chart with Mac Ford (1982-85). He has 186 career points, the sixth most in UNC history.

Virginia outshot the Tar Heels 51-32 and won the ground ball battle 41-21. The Cavaliers also won 15 of 20 face-offs. The Wahoos were perfect on the clear (20 for 20) and converted two extra-man goals to zero for Carolina. UNC committed 12 turnovers and Virginia had 10 turnovers.

But in the end the game came down to Kieran Burke, who made his 11th start in goal. His 23 saves were eight more than his previous career high of 15 against Notre Dame and Maryland.

The Cavaliers were led by Mark Cockerton with three goals. Nick O'Reilly had two goals for the Cavaliers, both in the first quarter, to go along with an assist.

The Tar Heels got off to a fast start as they ran off four goals in less than 10 minutes. Joey Sankey opened the scoring with a timer on goal at 13:27 of the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, Carolina doubled its lead as Marcus Holman scored his first of three first half goals.

Sophomore long stick midfielder Matt Shannon fed Holman for a fast break goal at 11:11. With 7:08 left in the quarter, Holman scored off an assist by Jimmy Bitter and the Heels then made it 4-0 when Chad Tutton made a nifty dodge and bounced a shot past Rhody Heller.

The last part of the first quarter it was all UVA. Nick O'Reilly scored a pair of goals 34 seconds apart, wrapping around from the back of the goal and scoring low both times. The Cavaliers then scored a transition goal by Mark Cockerton with 11 seconds left in the quarter following a turnover by the Tar Heels.

Neither team scored in the first 11 plus minutes of the second quarter before Chad Tutton scored from the right side from 10 yards out off an assist by Marcus Holman with 3:33 to play. The Cavaliers matched that goal with an extra-man tally by Ryan Tucker, assisted by Nick O'Reilly, with 1:43 left in the half.

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2013-04-06



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