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

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Third-ranked North Carolina scored the last 11 goals of the game, including a 10-0 margin in the second half, to defeat Hofstra 14-5 Saturday night in front of 5,345 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Senior attackman Marcus Holman had three goals and four assists in the game to move into second place all-time in both career goals and career points at UNC as Carolina won for the sixth straight time, improving to 9-3 on the campaign. The Pride fell to 7-5 on the season as Carolina has now won the last four games in the series against Hofstra after Hofstra had won six of the first seven meetings between the two teams.

Carolina trailed twice by two goals in the first half but held the Pride scoreless for the last 34:38 of the game as freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke continued his hot play in the cage. Burke finished with 12 saves while allowing five goals, a 70.5 save percentage. In the past six games, he has made 88 saves, while allowing only 47 goals (.651). He also equaled his career high with seven ground balls in the win over the Pride.

Hofstra did not score against Burke or his backup Bradley Dunn after Lance Yapor scored off an assist by Adrian Sorichetti with 4:38 to play in the first half. That goal put Hofstra up 5-3 but Burke saved all eight shots on goal against him in the second half before yielding to the walk-on Dunn with 3:12 to play in the game.

Offensively, Marcus Holman had his usual workmanlike effort for UNC. When he scored with 7:11 left in the first quarter, it was not only the first goal of his 16th career hat trick, it also marked the 27th successive game in which he has scored a goal. That ties the school record for consecutive games with a goal set by attackman Mac Ford in the mid 1980s. Holman can break the record next Friday when UNC plays High Point on Senior Night.

Holman's three goals give him 114 for his career. He passed both Ford and Jed Prossner on Saturday night and now ranks second in UNC history behind only Bert Fett, who scored 128 goals from 1972-75. Holman's seven points pushed his career total to 193 for his career. He passed John Webster, Dennis Goldstein, Michael Burnett and Bert Fett on the all-time points list in the game and now trails only Bruce Ledwith (1970-73) who had 204 points in his career. His four assists give him 79 for his career and he is now tied with John Webster (1990-93) for fifth place all-time at UNC.

While Holman had a game in which his historical numbers caught the headlines, it was a total team effort on the offensive end. The Tar Heels had nine different goal scorers and were able to exploit some one-on-one match-ups as Carolina tallied nine of their 14 goals unassisted. Chad Tutton had a hat trick, the fifth of his career, while Joey Sankey had two goals and an assist. Jimmy Bitter, Davey Emala, Steve Pontrello, Ryan Creighton, Spencer Parks and Patrick Kelly each scored goals for the Tar Heels. Lance Yapor had two goals for the Pride while Adrian Sorichetti and Sam Llinares each had a goal and an assist for Hofstra.

R.G. Keenan had a stellar game at the X for Carolina, winning 12 of 20 face-offs and earning a game-high eight ground balls. Senior defenseman Kieran McDonald matched his career high for ground balls in a game as he had seven. Overall, UNC had a 37-27 edge in ground balls. Carolina outshot the Pride 48-28, including a 17-5 edge in the third quarter when UNC went on a 7-0 scoring run. As a team, UNC finished with 13 saves while sophomore goalkeeper Chris Selva had 17 saves for Hofstra. UNC won 13 of 22 face-offs overall. Hofstra had 12 turnovers in the game while Carolina had 10, including seven in the fourth quarter after committing only three in the first 45 minutes of the match. UNC went 3 for 6 on the extra-man while Hofstra finished 1 for 3.

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