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

Each team scored three times in the second quarter. Wesley Berg scored at 12:29, assisted by Eric Law to cut the UNC lead to four goals. Joey Sankey answered for the Tar Heels with his second goal of the game on a bounced shot from 10 yards out in front of the goal at 11:04. Neither team scored for almost six minutes before Pat Foster tallied for the Tar Heels at 5:25, taking a feed from Marcus Holman out front, turning a firing a shot by Denver goalie Jamie Faus.

Denver answered with two quick goals in a span of 26 seconds. Wesley Berg scored at 4:30 after a failed clear by UNC and after Denver won the next face-off, Eric Law rolled the crease to score at 4:04. Carolina notched the last goal of the half as Steve Pontrello scored in a timer-on situation, stinging high heat from 10 yards out on the left side off an assist by Jimmy Bitter.

The Pioneers outscored the Tar Heels 3-1 in the third quarter. Gordon Koerber scored an extra-man goal at 12:39 followed 26 seconds later by a goal by Wesley Berg, assisted by Eric Law.

Mark McNeill scored his second goal of the game with 7:02 left in the quarter on a low shot after he finished off a one-man clear. It is McNeill first multi-goal game since his freshman year. The Pioneers then pulled back within three goals on a tally by Wesley Berg, assisted by Cameron Flint with 1:21 left in the third quarter.

The Pioneers scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Eric Law scored at 14:19 when Denver was two men up after a pair of slashing penalties in the last minute of the third quarter. Then the Pioneers pulled within a single goal at 8:51 as Jeremy Noble scored an acrobatic goal while falling to the ground with Law on the assist.

North Carolina regained a two-goal lead at 7:34 as Steve Pontrello's shot was saved by Jamie Faus before Davey Emala claimed the ground ball and scored on the rebound. Denver scored on the extra-man after a holding penalty on Marcus Holman. Colin Scott scored the goal off an assist by Wesley Berg. The goal came with 4:44 to play in the game and pulled the Pioneers within 11-10. Denver tied the game at 11-11 with an unassisted goal by Eric Adamson with 1:31 to play.

Denver won the ensuing face-off an called timeout with 1:15 to play. Denver scored on a rebound to win the game with 13.4 seconds left, the goal credited to Eric Law. Carolina won the ensuing face-off but could not get off a shot and saw its season end at 13-4.

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