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

Hofstra opened the scoring with 4:58 elapsed as Sam Llinares tallied off an assist from Tyler Johnston. On the play, UNC defensive midfielder Greg McBride sustained a right leg injury and did not return to action as Ryan Creighton, Mark McNeill and Jake Matthai combined to take extra runs the remainder of the contest. Less than two minutes later Hofstra made it 2-0 on an unassisted goal by Lance Yapor. The Tar Heels faced an early two-goal deficit against the team leading the nation in scoring defense at 6.36 goals per game. The Tar Heels did not flinch as Marcus Holman scored at 7:11 to cut the deficit to one and then fed Spencer Parks for some high heat at 5:38 of the quarter for a tie game.

Neither team scored the remainder of the first quarter but the Pride regained the lead as Adrian Sorichetti scored over Burke's left shoulder at 13:22 of the second quarter, assisted by Llinares. Hofstra then killed a penalty before Tutton tallied on an under-handed shovel shot from five yards out to tie the game with 9:28 left before halftime. Carolina had another EMO chance but again Hofstra denied the Tar Heels and then capitalized when Drew Coholan scored an unassisted goal at 6:32 to regain the lead. Less than two minutes later, with Marcus Holman serving a penalty for a push against HU goalie Selva, the Pride made it 5-3 with an EMO goal by Yapor, assisted by Sorichetti, at 4:38. From then on, the Tar Heels pitched a shutout.

Tutton scored his second goal of the game on an outside bounce shot with 4:13 left in the quarter and then the Tar Heels survived a Hofstra EMO after a slashing call against Ryan Kilpatrick, keeping the deficit a single goal at halftime.

After Evan Connell was called for pushing with five seconds left in the first half, the Pride started the second half a man up for 25 seconds and with possession. It was the first halftime deficit UNC had faced since the Duke game on March 13 and was similar to the last two meetings with Hofstra. In both games, UNC trailed at the half by a goal but came back to win with strong second half efforts.

That scenario played out again Saturday night. The Tar Heels killed off the penalty and then dominated the third quarter in every aspect. Ryan Creighton tied the game on a nifty goal on a wrap around at 13:26 before freshman Steve Pontrello gave the Tar Heels the lead for good on an outside bounce shot at 12:43 of the third period.

The lead grew to two as Tutton scored on a bounce shot off an assist by Holman on the extra-man at 9:24. Holman went low to high from in close at 7:31 for a three-goal cushion and then Davey Emala scored an unassisted goal at 6:03 to force a Hofstra timeout. The Heels added to their lead with a timer-on goal by Sankey at 3:54 and then another goal by the Philadelphian off an assist by Holman with 16 seconds left in the period. That extra-man goal was Sankey's 30th goal of the season and Holman's 29th assist.

UNC added three more goals in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Bitter scored an unassisted goal from the left side at 8:53. Holman then scored his 30th goal of the campaign, another EMO goal, assisted by Sankey at 6:42. UNC finished off the scoring with freshman Patrick Kelly scoring off an assist by Holman, his 30th of the year, at 5:07.

Sankey and Holman both joined the 30-goal club on Saturday and Holman's 30 assists equal the eighth most in a season in UNC history. His 60 points mark only the 11th time a Carolina player has reached that plateau in a single campaign.

Carolina held Hofstra without a goal in the second half, the first time UNC has held

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