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

After weathering another penalty, UNC got the ball back and scored the last goal of the first half with 2.3 seconds left. Chad Tutton fed Marcus Holman from the right side and Holman found himself unmarked on the crease. He caught the pass, pivoted and scored in the closing seconds of the half.

The Tar Heels were outshot 26-16 after halftime but Burke made 14 of his 23 saves after intermission, including seven saves in the third quarter and seven saves in the fourth quarter.

Leading 6-4 at halftime, the Tar Heels scored the opening two goals of the third period. Davey Emala scored on an outside wurmburner at 13:38 to make it 7-4. Neither team scored for another nine minutes before Jimmy Bitter scored on a fast break from Holman at 4:38 of the period to restore a four-goal lead for Carolina. The Cavaliers answered with an extra-man goal with 3:13 left in the third quarter with Rob Emery scoring from Matt White.

Neither team could dent the scoreboard in the opening 10 minutes of the fourth quarter before Cockerton scored from White with 4:56 to play to cut UNC's lead to two goals. Virginia had several more opportunities to cut the lead to a single goal but Burke repeatedly frustrated the Cavaliers, allowing Carolina emerge with the win.

Joey Sankey scored an empty net goal with 1:42 left off Holman's third assist of the game. Then with 48.4 seconds left, Jimmy Bitter notched his second goal of the match to match UNC's biggest lead of the match.

The Tar Heels will be back action next Saturday when they travel to Long Island to meet the Hofstra Pride at 7:00 p.m. at James M. Shuart in Hempstead, N.Y.

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