Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, February 6

Feb. 6, 2010

Wood Leads Tar Heels Past Dolphins In Season Opener

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - North Carolina's fourth-ranked men's lacrosse team opened its 2010 season by posting a methodical 11-5 win over the host Jacksonville Dolphins at D.B. Milne Field. The game marked the first in the JU program's history as a varsity program as a crowd of 4,762 packed the stadium.

Not only was it Jacksonville's initial game, it also marked the earliest date in history for the Tar Heels to play a regular-season game since the program's inception in 1949. They outscored Jacksonville in every quarter but were never fully able to pull away until the second half when the Heels had a 6-2 goal advantage.

Sophomore attackman Thomas Wood led the Tar Heels with a career-high four points as he notched three goals and an assist. Senior midfielder Sean DeLaney and freshman attackman Marcus Holman each scored two goals for Carolina while sophomore defenseman Mark Staines and senior midfielder Cryder DiPietro each had a goal and an assist.

Ryan Serville had two goals and an assist to pace Jacksonville while Alex Everett had a goal and an assist.

Both teams' goalkeepers played the full 60 minutes as both made their first career starts. Junior Chris Madalon had five saves, all in the first half, and four ground balls, for UNC. Brad Hester had a brilliant debut for the Dolphins as he made 17 saves while allowing only 11 goals. He led the Dolphins with four ground balls.