Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Tuesday, March 16

March 17, 2010

Carroll Leads No. 1 Virginia With Five Goals in Victory Over Vermont

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Brian Carroll scored a game high and equaled a career best with five goals as the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (7-0) cruised to an 18-7 triumph over the visiting Vermont Catamounts (1-5) Tuesday night inside Klöckner Stadium. Virginia now has a 23-game winning streak going back to 2001 in regular-season mid-week games, including a 15-7 triumph at Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 23 and a 20-6 victory over VMI on March 9. Virginia is also 25-1 all-time in night games at Klöckner Stadium, losing a 6 p.m. game to Duke in 2008, 19-9.

Virginia outshot Vermont 55-32, while only scoring 18 times, becoming a point of concern for Starsia.

After Vermont scored a man-up goal, Virginia then rattled off a 12-2 run that went into the third quarter, helping the Cavaliers take a commanding 12-3 lead. Carroll (Towson, Md.) scored four of his game-high five goals during the run and it was his score with 6:44 remaining in the third quarter that capped the streak.

Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.), Connor English (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) all scored two goals, while Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Tim Fuchs (Merrick, N.Y.) each tallied a goal.

Carroll scored five goals on six shots to pace the UVa offense. Ken Clausen (Downington, Pa.) and Bray Malphrus (Chevy Chase, Md.) spearheaded the UVa defense that forced Vermont to commit 18 turnovers. Both Clausen and Malphrus caused three apiece.

Worley paced Vermont in the losing effort with two goals and two assists. Virtue also added two scores.

No. 3 Tar Heels Win 12-11 Shootout Against No. 5 Tigers

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In a battle of undefeated teams, fifth-ranked Princeton overcame a five-goal second-half deficit against third-ranked North Carolina but junior attackman Billy Bitter scored the go-ahead goal with exactly three minutes to play and the Tar Heels eventually prevailed 12-11 in men's lacrosse action before a loud crowd of 2,812 fans at Fetzer Field Tuesday night. The win improves North Carolina to 7-0 overall as the Tar Heels are off to their best start since the 1993 campaign when they won nine in a row to start the season.

After Princeton rallied from a five-goal deficit, the last three minutes of the game became the deciding ones. Billy Bitter rolled the crease on the left side and dunked the ball past Princeton goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito with exactly three minutes to play to put the Tar Heels up 11-10 after Princeton (4-1 overall) had gone on a five-goal run in the third and fourth quarters to erase a 10-5 UNC lead. Bitter's goal, his only tally of the night, came after the Princeton defense had held the Tar Heels scoreless for a period of 15 minutes and 58 seconds.

On the ensuing face-off Bitter caused a turnover after the Tigers had initially won the draw, giving the Heels possession again. UNC padded the lead to 12-10 on a goal by Cryder DiPietro, assisted by Jimmy Dunster, with 2:10 to play. Princeton's Rob Engelke scored with two seconds to play to cut the Tar Heel lead to one and Princeton won the ensuing face-off but there was not enough time for the Tigers to get off a shot in an effort to tie the game.

Carolina was led in scoring by senior attackman Gavin Petracca, who had four goals, giving him 23 career multi-goal games, while sophomore midfielder Jimmy Dunster had career highs in both assists with three and points with five to go with his two-goal performance. Cryder DiPietro matched his career high with two goals for UNC and the senior midfielder also added an assist for a career-high of three points in the game. Bitter finished with a goal and two assists while senior midfielder Sean DeLaney had a goal and an assist as both players kept alive their long scoring streaks of 25 and 18 games, respectively. UNC's other goals came from redshirt junior midfielder Michael Burns and from junior midfielder Ed Prevost, a junior college transfer, who scored the first goal of his Tar Heel career.