Heels Bounce Back To Beat Dartmouth 13-5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Marcus Holman scored his 100th career goal and Joey Sankey had career highs for goals and points in a game as 14th-ranked North Carolina defeated Dartmouth 13-5 at Fetzer Field Monday afternoon. A crowd of 804 fans on a bitterly cold day watched the Tar Heels improve to 4-3 on the season while Dartmouth fell to 2-3.
Next up for the Tar Heels is a matchup with top-ranked Maryland Saturday at 12 noon at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN3.
Holman had four goals and an assist for the Tar Heels while Sankey had a career high four goals to go along with three assists for a personal best seven points to power the UNC offense. Senior midfielder William Scroggs and freshman attackman Patrick Kelly each scored their first career goals for UNC. Chris Costabile and Brendan Rotanz led the Big Green with two goals each.
Holman became only the ninth Tar Heel in history to score 100 goals when he tallied an unassisted goal with 35 seconds left to play in the second quarter, giving the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead at intermission. Prior to the next face-off the officials took that ball out of play to give Holman a well-earned keepsake. His four goals on the day give him 102 for his career. He is now tied with Jeff Sonke (1998-2001) and Mike McCall (2002-05) for sixth place on Carolina's career goal scoring list. Holman's four goals give him 14 career hat tricks
Joey Sankey's four goals were a new career high and his sixth career hat trick. He had scored three goals in a match on five previous occasions (versus Mercer, Lehigh, Duke and Maryland in 2012 and versus Air Force in 2013). His three assists were one short of his career high set nine days ago against Princeton. His seven points broke his previous career high of six (vs. Mercer and Duke last season and Princeton this year).
The Tar Heels outshot the Big Green 54-23 with decided margins in each quarter. UNC also won the ground ball war 43-24 and excelled at the face-off circle where it won 15 of 22 draws. The Tar Heel defense harassed the Big Green in 23 turnovers while UNC committed only 13.
Goalkeepers on both side of the ball played extremely well. Freshman Kieran Burke played 56:27 for the Tar Heels and made 10 saves while allowing five goals. His .667 save percentage is the best of his brief career. Andrew O'Connell finished in the cage for UNC, making one save in 3:33.
Bernie Susskind of the Big Green was under siege for most of the game but he came up big with 18 saves while allowing 13 goals in 56:27. Ham Sonnenfeld finished in the cage for Dartmouth and made three saves in the final 3:33 of action.
After a rough outing against Duke last Wednesday, UNC's face-off men bounced back with stellar performances as R.G. Keenan went 12 for 18 at the X and Frankie Kelly was 3 for 4. Keenan led the Tar Heels with seven ground balls while Kieran McDonald had five. McDonald also forced a game-high three turnovers. Defenseman Robert Osgood led the Big Green, scooping up six of the squad's 24 ground balls.
Dartmouth opened the scoring as Chris Costabile found himself unmarked in front and took a pass from Adam Fishman to make it 1-0 Big Green 2:19 into the match. The Tar Heels ran off the next three goals and never relinquished the lead after that. Sankey was a factor in all three first quarter goals. With UNC two-men up, he scored off an assist from Holman at 7:55 of the quarter. Carolina scored again on the man up with 2:33 left in the quarter as Holman's goal gave UNC the lead off Sankey's assist. The Tar Heels tacked on another goal with 16 seconds left in the quarter as Sankey finished off a transition opportunity with an assist from Davey Emala.
The two teams traded goals in the second quarter. Sankey and Holman had unassisted tallies in the period and Carolina went to the break up 5-3.
Carolina broke the game open by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter. Overall, UNC outscored the Big Green 8-2 after halftime. Holman, Spencer Parks and Jimmy Bitter ran off successive goals to put the Heels up 8-3 before Rotanz beat Burke with a high velocity shot from the outside with four seconds left in the period.
The Heels kicked it into an even higher gear in the fourth quarter. Senior defensive midfielder William Scroggs scored his first career goal 45 seconds into the final period. The Tar Heels converted another transition opportunity with long-stick midfielder Ryan Kilpatrick earning the assist on the Scroggs goal. Just 55 seconds later, UNC scored yet another fast break goal with Sankey notching his fourth of the day off an assist by Greg McBride.
Holman garnered his fourth goal at 8:06 before freshman Patrick Kelly circled from the right side and scored from eight yards out front with 7:11 left to play for his first career tally. Chad Tutton finished off the scoring for UNC with 6:11 to play before Dartmouth's Nikki Dysenchuk notched the final goal of the game on an EMO with 3:33 to play.The Big Green returns to play Saturday when it hosts Harvard in Hanover, N.H.