Denver Uses 5-1 Q4 to Edge #1 North Carolina in Quarterfinals

The Pioneers scored three of the four goals in the third quarter, two from Berg and one from Koerber. After being held without a point in the first 30 minutes, Flint recorded two of his three assists in the third frame.

Denver, who entered the game averaging over three penalties per game, picked up just one 30-second infraction on Sunday. North Carolina was called for six penalties, resulting in two man-up goals in five opportunities (one two-man advantage) for the Pioneers.

The Crimson and Gold held a slight edge in shots, 37-35, with UNC freshman Kieran Burke stopping 10 of Denver's 22 shots on cage.

In its second Final Four under Tierney, Denver will take on Syracuse Saturday at 3:00 p.m. MT at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Fourth-seeded Denver outscored fifth-seeded North Carolina 5-1 in the fourth quarter to rally past the Tar Heels 12-11 in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Pioneers advance to the NCAA Final 4 and will play top-seeded Syracuse next Saturday in Philadelphia.

UNC saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end as the Tar Heels were unable to protect a six-goal lead, falling to a spirited Denver comeback. The Pioneers improve to 14-4 on the campaign.

Joey Sankey, Davey Emala and Mark McNeill each scored a pair of goals for UNC while Steve Pontrello, Chad Tutton, Evan Connell, Ryan Kilpatrick and Pat Foster each scored goals. Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Marcus Holman, greg McBride and Sankey each had assists for UNC.

Wesley Berg led the Pioneers with four goals and an assist. Eric Law had three goals and three assists and he also had the game-winning goal with 13.4 seconds left. Colin Scott scored twice for the Pioneers while Cameron Flint had a trio of assists.

Denver outshot the Tar Heels 37-35 for the game and 16-5 in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels had a 24-22 edge in ground balls despite Denver winning 17 of 26 face-offs in the match. Chase Carraro took all 26 draws for the Pioneers, who beat Carolina in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

Kieran Burke made 10 saves for the Tar Heels including six in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers staged their furious comeback. Jamie Faus, who played the last 50:23 in the goal for Denver, had 11 saves.

Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 4:03 of the game. Davey Emala scored at 12:03 off an assist by Joey Sankey. Sankey was set up behind the cage and fed Emala on the left side where he scored on an eight-yard bounce shot. On UNC's next possession, Sankey scored an unassisted goal at 10:57 as he dodged from goal line extended on the right side to finish low past Denver goalie Ryan LaPlante.

UNC extended its lead to 3-0 on Ryan Kilpatrick's first goal of the year. On a give and go on the break, Kilpatrick fed Greg McBride. McBride delivered an over-the-shoulder pass back to Kilpatrick on the run and he score on a bounce shot at 8:44. A little over a minute later, UNC made it 4-0 on Mark McNeill's first goal of the year, assisted by Ryan Creighton. The Heels scored off a successful clear with McNeill finishing low from 15 yards out at 7:21 of the first quarter.

Chad Tutton scored the next goal for Carolina as he came in through the substitution box and scored on a low hard shot from 15 yards out with 6:36 left in the quarter. Evan Connell scored the next goal for the Tar Heels, the first of his career. The close defenseman forced a turnover, scooped up the ground ball and on a quick clearing attempt he scored from 15 yards out into an empty net. The goal came at 5:24. Denver scored its first goal of the game at 4:11 of the quarter as Colin Scott's first shot was saved by Kieran Burke but the ball bounced directly to Scott who finished on the rebound.

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