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Carolina heads to ACC Lacrosse Championship game on Sunday

Posted Saturday, April 25, 2009

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Coach Joe Breschi leads the Tar Heels to the title game in his first year at the helm.

Chapel Hill, NC - The eighth-ranked University of North Carolina men's lacrosse squad thrived on its highest scoring output in the ACC Tournament since 2000 as first-year head coach Joe Breschi led his Tar Heels into Sunday's championship game of the 2009 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship. The 16 goals were the most scored by the Tar Heels in tournament play since April 21, 2000 when Virginia defeated the Tar Heels 17-16 in a tournament semifinal game in College Park, Md.

That championship game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Sunday after the Tar Heels whipped 11th-ranked Maryland 16-10 in the first semifinal game at Kenan Stadium Friday evening. A crowd of 3,675 fans was on hand for the game.

Carolina, the tournament's No. 4 seed and ranked No. 8 in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike media poll, improved to 11-4 on the season heading into Sunday's title game against No. 2 seed Duke (11-3). The Blue Devils defeated No. 3 seed Virginia 16-5 in the second semifinal game Friday night. Duke, ranked No. 6 in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike media poll, defeated the Tar Heels 12-8 in the regular season at Kenan Stadium on March 14. That is UNC's only home loss this season. Virginia, the nation's No. 1 team in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike poll, fell to 13-2 with the loss.

Sunday will mark UNC's first title-game appearance since the 1996 season as the Tar Heels broke a 12-game losing streak in ACC Tournament action Friday with its first win in tourney play since April 21, 1996 when the Heels beat Virginia 13-11 in the championship game at Charlottesville, Va. Maryland, the tournament's No. 1 seed and ranked No. 11 in the Inside Lacrosse/Nike media poll, fell to 8-6 on the season and will play its final regular-season game next Saturday at Yale at 1 p.m.

The Tar Heels shot with great accuracy Friday in scoring 16 goals on only 39 shots, including 24 which were on net. The 16 goals tied for the third highest total Carolina has scored in a game in 2009.

Carolina had four different players score three goals apiece as sophomore attackman Billy Bitter, senior midfielder Ben Hunt, senior attackman Bart Wagner and junior attackman Gavin Petracca all racked up hat tricks. All four of those players also had assists with Bitter recording two and Hunt, Petracca and Wagner each having one. Senior attackman Matthias McCall, freshman midfielder Jimmy Dunster and junior midfielder Sean Burke each had a goal and an assist for the victorious Tar Heels. Junior midfielder Sean Delaney had the other Carolina goal and senior midfielder Bobby McAuley had an assist.

The 16 goals were the most scored by the Tar Heels against the Terrapins since March 23, 1996 when Carolina downed the Terps 17-16 at Fetzer Field behind an eight-goal game by Jason Wade. Going into the game, Maryland was ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 7.31 goals per game.

The Terrapins were led by Joe Cummings who had three goals while Travis Reed added two tallies for head coach Dave Cottle's team. Ryan Young had a goal and two assists for the Terps and Scott Tompkins and Warren Hansen each had a goal and an assist. Jeremy Seiverts and Jeff Reynolds added goals for Maryland. Dan Groot had two assists for the Terps while Grant Catalino and Adam Sear each had single assists.

The Tar Heels outshot the Terrapins 39-34 on the game and for the 15th time in 15 games this season the Tar Heels won the ground ball battle by a margin of 42-34. Midfielder Shane Walterhoefer led the Tar Heels with eight ground balls while goalkeeper James Petracca had six.

Each team won 14 face-offs in the game as Maryland's Brynn Holmes did a good job neutralizing Carolina's Shane Walterhoefer, the No. 2-ranked face-off man in the country. Holmes finished with 14 face-off wins in 26 tries while Walterhoefer had the same number of wins for the Tar Heels in 27 attempts.

True freshman James Petracca went the whole way in goal for the Heels as he played 60 minutes and made nine saves while allowing 10 goals. Maryland alternated two goalkeepers during the game with starter Jason Carter playing 33:25 and allowing 10 goals while making four saves. Brian Phipps started the second half for the Terrapins and made four saves and allowed six goals in 26:35.

Maryland committed 19 turnovers compared to 15 for Carolina. The Terps were successful on 10 of 14 clears while North Carolina was 15 of 18. Sophomore Ryan Flanagan was huge on the defensive end with four of UNC's eight caused turnovers. Both teams scored one extra-man goal in two chances.
 

Play-by-Play Summary


Play-by-Play Summary (1st period)
2009 North Carolina Men's Lacrosse
#8 North Carolina vs #11 Maryland (Apr 24, 2009 at Chapel Hill, N.C.)


North Carolina Starters: Maryland Starters:
A 1 Bart Wagner A 1 Grant Catalino
A 4 Billy Bitter M 2 Dan Groot
A 14 Gavin Petracca D 9 Max Schmidt
M 18 Ben Hunt D 14 Mike Griswold
M 23 Sean Delaney M 20 Jeremy Sieverts
D 24 Ryan Flanagan A 27 Ryan Young
D 32 Jack Ryan M 28 Jeff Reynolds
M 40 Jimmy Dunster A 41 Travis Reed
G 43 James Petracca D 44 Brett Schmidt
D 45 Charlie McComas G 49 Jason Carter


[15:00] James Petracca at goalie for NC.
[15:00] Jason Carter at goalie for MD.
[15:00] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [15:00] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[14:32] GOAL by NC Gavin Petracca (FIRST GOAL), Assist by Ben Hunt.


==== NORTH CAROLINA 1, MARYLAND 0


[14:32] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD.
[13:50] Shot by MD Jeff Reynolds, SAVE James Petracca.
[13:46] Ground ball pickup by MD Jeremy Sieverts.
[13:39] Ground ball pickup by MD Jeremy Sieverts.
[13:36] Shot by MD Jeremy Sieverts, SAVE James Petracca.
[13:30] Ground ball pickup by NC James Petracca.
[13:27] Clear attempt by NC good.
[12:47] GOAL by NC Ben Hunt.


==== NORTH CAROLINA 2, MARYLAND 0


[12:47] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [12:47] Ground ball pickup
by MD Grant Catalino.
[12:09] Ground ball pickup by MD Ryan Young.
[12:03] Ground ball pickup by MD Joe Cummings.
[11:21] Turnover by MD Grant Catalino (caused by Ryan Flanagan).
[11:17] Ground ball pickup by NC Ryan Flanagan.
[11:13] Clear attempt by NC failed.
[11:13] Turnover by NC Tyler Morton (caused by Travis Reed).
[10:28] GOAL by MD Scott Tompkins, Assist by Warren Hansen.


==== NORTH CAROLINA 2, MARYLAND 1


[10:28] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [10:28] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[09:26] Ground ball pickup by MD Brett Schmidt.
[09:22] Clear attempt by MD failed.
[09:21] Turnover by MD Brett Schmidt.
[08:52] Shot by NC Billy Bitter, SAVE Jason Carter.
[08:31] Ground ball pickup by NC Billy Bitter.
[08:30] GOAL by NC Billy Bitter.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 3, MARYLAND 1


[08:30] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD.
[08:24] Shot by MD Grant Catalino WIDE.
[08:03] Shot by MD Jeremy Sieverts WIDE.
[07:50] GOAL by MD Jeremy Sieverts, Assist by Dan Groot.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 3, MARYLAND 2


[07:50] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [07:50] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[07:39] Turnover by NC Shane Walterhoefer (caused by Bryn Holmes).
[07:35] Ground ball pickup by MD Chris Ready.
[07:21] Penalty on NC Mark Staines (HOLDING/0:30) Extra-man opportunity.
[07:05] Shot by MD Jeremy Sieverts BLOCKED.
[07:02] Ground ball pickup by MD Jeremy Sieverts.
[07:01] GOAL by MD Joe Cummings (MAN-UP), Assist by Dan Groot.


====== NORTH CAROLINA 3, MARYLAND 3


[07:01] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [07:01] Ground ball pickup
by NC Michael Jarvis.
[06:35] Ground ball pickup by NC Bart Wagner.
[06:24] Shot by NC Sean Delaney, SAVE Jason Carter.
[06:23] Penalty on MD Max Schmidt (SLASHING/1:00) Extra-man opportunity.
[06:00] Ground ball pickup by NC Gavin Petracca.
[05:50] Penalty on MD Anthony Costanzo (INTERFERENCE/0:30).
[05:37] GOAL by NC Ben Hunt (MAN-UP), Assist by Jimmy Dunster.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 4, MARYLAND 3


[05:37] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD.
[05:29] Shot by MD Dan Groot WIDE.
[05:05] GOAL by MD Joe Cummings, Assist by Grant Catalino.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 4, MARYLAND 4


[05:05] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [05:05] Ground ball pickup
by MD Bryn Holmes.
[04:32] Turnover by MD Jeff Reynolds.
[04:26] Ground ball pickup by NC Tyler Morton.
[04:24] Ground ball pickup by NC Billy Bitter.
[03:37] GOAL by NC Billy Bitter.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 5, MARYLAND 4


[03:37] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC.
[02:53] Shot by NC Sean Delaney WIDE.
[02:42] Turnover by NC Billy Bitter (caused by Chris Ready).
[02:39] Ground ball pickup by MD Max Schmidt.
[02:31] Clear attempt by MD good.
[01:59] Shot by MD Dan Groot WIDE.
[01:26] GOAL by MD Jeff Reynolds.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 5, MARYLAND 5


[01:26] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD.
[01:15] Turnover by MD Bryn Holmes.
[00:59] Clear attempt by NC good.
[00:05] GOAL by NC Bart Wagner, Assist by Gavin Petracca.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 6, MARYLAND 5


[00:00] End-of-period.

Play-by-Play Summary (2nd period)


Start of 2nd period [15:00].
[15:00] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [15:00] Ground ball pickup
by MD Jeff Reynolds.
[14:46] Shot by MD Jeff Reynolds HIGH.
[13:46] GOAL by MD Travis Reed, Assist by Ryan Young.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 6, MARYLAND 6


[13:46] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [13:46] Ground ball pickup
by MD Bryn Holmes.
[12:40] Shot by MD Nick Ward, SAVE James Petracca.
[12:36] Ground ball pickup by MD Will Yeatman.
[12:25] Turnover by MD Jake Bernhardt (caused by Sean Jackson).
[12:19] Ground ball pickup by NC James Petracca.
[12:14] Clear attempt by NC good.
[11:27] Ground ball pickup by NC Sean Delaney.
[11:21] Shot by NC Bart Wagner WIDE.
[11:15] Shot by NC Billy Bitter WIDE.
[10:59] Shot by NC Ben Hunt HIGH.
[10:42] GOAL by NC Jimmy Dunster.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 7, MARYLAND 6


[10:42] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Ryder Bohlander won by NC, [10:42] Ground ball
pickup by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[09:38] Shot by NC Matthias McCall, SAVE Jason Carter.
[09:30] Clear attempt by MD failed.
[09:16] Turnover by MD.
[09:16] Timeout by MD.
[08:59] Turnover by NC Billy Bitter (caused by Brett Schmidt).
[08:54] Ground ball pickup by MD Mike Griswold.
[08:51] Clear attempt by MD good.
[08:06] Shot by MD Dan Groot HIT POST.
[07:22] Shot by MD Jeremy Sieverts WIDE.
[07:21] Penalty on NC Billy Bitter (ILLEGAL PROCEDURE/1:00) Extra-man opportunity.
[07:02] Turnover by MD Ryan Young.
[06:58] Ground ball pickup by NC James Petracca.
[06:50] Clear attempt by NC good.
[06:14] GOAL by NC Gavin Petracca, Assist by Bobby McAuley.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 8, MARYLAND 6


[06:14] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [06:14] Ground ball pickup
by MD Bryn Holmes.
[05:29] Turnover by MD Joe Cummings.
[05:22] Ground ball pickup by NC James Petracca.
[05:20] Clear attempt by NC good.
[04:41] GOAL by NC Billy Bitter, Assist by Bart Wagner.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 9, MARYLAND 6


[04:41] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD.
[03:52] GOAL by MD Warren Hansen, Assist by Adam Sear.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 9, MARYLAND 7


[03:52] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [03:52] Ground ball pickup
by MD Bryn Holmes.
[03:31] Shot by MD Grant Catalino HIGH.
[03:05] Shot by MD Adam Sear, SAVE James Petracca.
[02:53] Clear attempt by NC good.
[02:13] Shot by NC Jimmy Dunster HIGH.
[01:41] Shot by NC Jimmy Dunster HIT POST.
[01:36] Ground ball pickup by MD Grant Catalino.
[01:33] Shot by MD Grant Catalino BLOCKED.
[01:29] Ground ball pickup by NC Sean Delaney.
[01:07] Timeout by NC.
[00:04] Shot by NC Bart Wagner, SAVE Jason Carter.
[00:03] Ground ball pickup by NC Ben Hunt.
[00:02] GOAL by NC Ben Hunt.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 10, MARYLAND 7


[00:00] End-of-period.

Play-by-Play Summary (3rd period)


Start of 3rd period [15:00].
[15:00] Brian Phipps at goalie for MD.
[15:00] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [15:00] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[14:55] Shot by NC Shane Walterhoefer HIGH.
[14:21] Shot by NC Jimmy Dunster, SAVE Brian Phipps.
[14:17] Clear attempt by MD good.
[13:31] Turnover by MD Dan Groot.
[13:22] Clear attempt by NC failed.
[13:14] Turnover by NC Ryan Flanagan (caused by Chris Ready).
[12:27] GOAL by MD Travis Reed, Assist by Ryan Young.


====== NORTH CAROLINA 10, MARYLAND 8


[12:27] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [12:27] Ground ball pickup
by MD Dan Halayko.
[11:22] Turnover by MD Travis Reed.
[11:16] Clear attempt by NC good.
[11:01] GOAL by NC Sean Burke.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 11, MARYLAND 8


[11:01] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC.
[10:17] GOAL by NC Gavin Petracca, Assist by Sean Burke.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 12, MARYLAND 8


[10:17] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [10:17] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[10:10] Penalty on MD Bryn Holmes (PUSHING/1:00) Extra-man opportunity.
[09:58] Turnover by NC Cryder DiPietro.
[09:38] Turnover by MD Anthony Costanzo.
[09:34] Ground ball pickup by NC James Petracca.
[09:31] Clear attempt by NC good.
[09:29] Shot by NC Michael Burns WIDE.
[09:09] Ground ball pickup by NC Bart Wagner.
[08:41] Shot by NC Ben Hunt HIGH.
[08:17] Shot by NC Jimmy Dunster, SAVE Brian Phipps.
[08:12] Ground ball pickup by MD Brian Phipps.
[08:07] Clear attempt by MD failed.
[07:57] Turnover by MD Anthony Costanzo.
[07:43] Ground ball pickup by NC Bobby McAuley.
[07:41] Clear attempt by NC good.
[07:24] Turnover by NC Sean Burke (caused by Brett Schmidt).
[07:19] Clear attempt by MD good.
[06:48] Shot by MD Dan Groot HIGH.
[06:09] Shot by MD Jeff Reynolds, SAVE James Petracca.
[06:04] Clear attempt by NC good.
[05:35] Ground ball pickup by NC Gavin Petracca.
[05:08] Shot by NC Gavin Petracca WIDE.
[04:51] Turnover by NC Jimmy Dunster.
[04:48] Clear attempt by MD good.
[03:57] GOAL by MD Ryan Young.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 12, MARYLAND 9


[03:57] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [03:57] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[03:49] Shot by NC Gavin Petracca WIDE.
[03:06] Shot by NC Bobby McAuley, SAVE Brian Phipps.
[03:02] Clear attempt by MD failed.
[02:59] Turnover by MD Brian Phipps (caused by Charlie McComas).
[02:55] Ground ball pickup by NC Charlie McComas.
[02:50] Clear attempt by NC failed.
[02:49] Turnover by NC Charlie McComas.
[02:45] Ground ball pickup by MD Dan Burns.
[02:39] Clear attempt by MD good.
[02:17] Shot by MD Jake Bernhardt, SAVE James Petracca.
[02:07] Turnover by MD Grant Catalino (caused by Ryan Flanagan).
[02:04] Ground ball pickup by NC Ryan Flanagan.
[02:01] Ground ball pickup by NC James Petracca.
[01:58] Clear attempt by NC good.
[00:02] Turnover by NC Billy Bitter.
[00:01] Shot by MD Scott Tompkins, SAVE James Petracca.
[00:00] End-of-period.

Play-by-Play Summary (4th period)


Start of 4th period [15:00].
[15:00] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [15:00] Ground ball pickup
by NC Ryan Flanagan.
[14:40] Turnover by NC.
[14:33] Turnover by MD Jeff Reynolds (caused by Bart Wagner).
[14:30] Ground ball pickup by NC Matthias McCall.
[14:27] GOAL by NC Bart Wagner, Assist by Matthias McCall.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 13, MARYLAND 9


[14:27] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [14:27] Ground ball pickup
by MD Dan Burns.
[13:43] Ground ball pickup by MD Ryan Young.
[13:35] Turnover by MD Will Yeatman (caused by Ryan Flanagan).
[13:31] Ground ball pickup by NC Ryan Flanagan.
[13:29] Clear attempt by NC good.
[13:05] Shot by NC Ben Hunt WIDE.
[12:22] Shot by NC Matthias McCall, SAVE Brian Phipps.
[12:22] Ground ball pickup by NC Matthias McCall.
[12:21] GOAL by NC Matthias McCall.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 14, MARYLAND 9


[12:21] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [12:21] Ground ball pickup
by NC Chris Hunt.
[11:37] Turnover by NC Bobby McAuley (caused by Brett Schmidt).
[11:33] Ground ball pickup by MD Dan Burns.
[11:30] Clear attempt by MD good.
[10:34] Ground ball pickup by MD Travis Reed.
[10:17] Turnover by MD Ryan Young (caused by Michael Jarvis).
[10:10] Ground ball pickup by NC Sean Burke.
[10:01] Clear attempt by NC good.
[09:34] Shot by NC Sean Delaney WIDE.
[09:28] Turnover by NC Billy Bitter (caused by Bryn Holmes).
[09:24] Ground ball pickup by MD Max Schmidt.
[09:20] Clear attempt by MD good.
[08:42] Shot by MD Jake Bernhardt, SAVE James Petracca.
[08:42] Ground ball pickup by MD Scott Tompkins.
[08:41] GOAL by MD Joe Cummings, Assist by Scott Tompkins.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 14, MARYLAND 10


[08:40] Faceoff Michael Burns vs Bryn Holmes won by MD, [08:40] Ground ball pickup by
MD Jeff Reynolds.
[07:59] Shot by MD Nick Ward WIDE.
[07:54] Ground ball pickup by MD Scott Tompkins.
[07:49] Shot by MD Jake Bernhardt, SAVE James Petracca.
[07:32] Clear attempt by NC good.
[07:12] Shot by NC Sean Delaney WIDE.
[06:31] Timeout by NC.
[06:09] Shot by NC Sean Delaney WIDE.
[05:40] GOAL by NC Sean Delaney, Assist by Billy Bitter.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 15, MARYLAND 10


[05:40] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Bryn Holmes won by NC, [05:40] Ground ball pickup
by NC Shane Walterhoefer.
[05:29] Ground ball pickup by NC Chris Hunt.
[04:53] GOAL by NC Bart Wagner, Assist by Billy Bitter.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 16, MARYLAND 10


[04:53] Faceoff Shane Walterhoefer vs Jeff Reynolds won by NC, [04:53] Ground ball
pickup by NC Tyler Morton.
[04:45] Ground ball pickup by NC Mark Staines.
[04:19] Ground ball pickup by NC Bobby McAuley.
[04:03] Ground ball pickup by NC Bobby McAuley.
[03:52] Turnover by NC Bobby McAuley (caused by Jake Bernhardt).
[03:49] Clear attempt by MD good.
[03:31] Timeout by MD.
[03:31] Jason Carter at goalie for MD.
[03:16] Shot by MD Travis Reed WIDE.
[03:12] Ground ball pickup by MD Grant Catalino.
[03:02] Ground ball pickup by MD Will Yeatman.
[02:58] Turnover by MD Dan Groot (caused by Ryan Flanagan).
[02:53] Ground ball pickup by NC Michael Jarvis.
[02:49] Clear attempt by NC good.
[02:44] Ground ball pickup by NC Chris Layne.
[01:51] Timeout by NC.
[01:32] Turnover by NC Sean Burke.
[01:28] Ground ball pickup by MD Jason Carter.
[01:24] Ground ball pickup by MD Dan Halayko.
[01:19] Ground ball pickup by MD Dan Burns.
[01:16] Clear attempt by MD good.
[01:14] Shot by MD Will Yeatman WIDE.
[00:59] Ground ball pickup by MD Nick Ward.
[00:57] Shot by MD Joe Cummings WIDE.
[00:47] Turnover by MD Ryan Young.
[00:06] Penalty on MD Jason Carter (HOLDING/0:30).
[00:06] Brian Phipps at goalie for MD.
[00:00] End-of-period.


===== NORTH CAROLINA 16, MARYLAND 10

 
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Carolina heads to ACC Lacrosse Championship game on Sunday
That championship game will be played at 3:30 p.m. Sunday after the Tar Heels whipped 11th-ranked Maryland 16-10 in the first semifinal game at Kenan Stadium Friday evening.
photo by Gene Galin


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