No. 3 Tar Heels Score Final 11 to Race Past No. 20 Hofstra

Hempstead, NY Senior Marcus Holman tallied three goals and four assists and Chad Tutton added three goals to lead the third-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina over the 20th-ranked Hofstra Pride, 14-5 before 5,345 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium Saturday night. The Pride slipped to 7-5 on the season while UNC, which posted its sixth consecutive victory, improved to 9-3.

Hofstra was led by junior Lance Yapor with two goals while senior Adrian Sorichetti and freshman Sam Llinares each tallied a goal and an assist. Junior Drew Coholan scored the other Pride goal. Sophomore goalie Drew Coholan recorded a career-high 17 saves in the loss, topping his 16 against Drexel on March 23.

In addition to Holman and Tutton, the Tar Heels received two goals and one assist from sophomore attackman Joey Sankey while six other North Carolina players notched solo goals. Freshman goalie Kieran Burke recorded 12 saves in almost 57 minutes before being replaced by junior Bradley Dunn, who made one stop.

Hofstra jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 6:32 as Llinares scored his 17th of the season off a pass from sophomore Tyler Johnston just 4:58 into the game. Yapor then scored his seventh of the year with 8:28 to play in the quarter. But the Tar Heels responded with an unassisted tally by Holman, his 28th of the season, a little over a minute later and freshman Spencer Parks notched his seventh, off a pass from Holman with 5:38 to play in the first, to knot the game at 2-2 after one period.

Sorichetti gave the Pride a 3-2 advantage with his 13th goal of the year, off a pass from Llinares, 1:38 into the second before Tutton tied it for the Tar Heels almost four minutes later. But Hofstra received back-to-back goals by Coholan, his 12th of the year, and a man-up goal by Yapor two minutes later, off a pass from Sorichetti, to take a 5-3 lead with 4:38 to play. It would be the Pride's final goal of the contest.

Tutton closed the UNC deficit to one for halftime with his second of the game with 4:13 to play in the second quarter. That goal started an 11-goal run for the Tar Heels that included seven goals in the third quarter and three more in the fourth.

Junior Ryan Creighton tied the game just 1:34 into the second half, coming around the right side of Selva for his seventh of the season. Just 43 seconds later, freshman Steve Pontrello gave the Heels their first lead of the contest at 6-5 with an unassisted goal, his fifth of the year.

Tutton would score an extra-man goal, from Holman, at the 9:24 mark, and Holman posted his second of the game, on a stutter-step to the goal, almost two minutes later for an 8-5 lead. Senior Davey Emala then tallied an unassisted goal on a dodge from in front at the 6:03 mark, and Sankey notched back-to-back goals, with the second, a rocket on the man-up with 16 seconds to play in the period, for an 11-5 advantage after three quarters. UNC outshot the Pride, 17-5 in the third period.

Sophomore Jimmy Bitter tallied an unassisted goal, his 22nd of the year, from the side with 8:53 to play, Holman completed his hat-trick with a man-up goal, from Sankey, at the 6:42 mark, and freshman Patrick Kelly scored his third of the year with 5:07 to play for the 14-5 final. The Tar Heels outshot the Pride, 48-28 including 26-15 in the second half, and picked up 37 ground balls to Hofstra's 27. UNC also won 13 of 22 face-offs.

The Pride return to Colonial Athletic Association action next Saturday, April 20 when they host the Minutemen of Massachusetts at James M. Shuart Stadium. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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