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May 16, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fourth-ranked North Carolina got three goals each from Marcus Holman and Sean DeLaney to advance past No. 12 Delaware 14-13 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division I at Fetzer Field Sunday night. The game was delayed at the start for one and a half hours because of lightning. The game featured 10 ties and four lead changes.
The Tar Heels advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in the last four seasons and will face Duke again as they did in 2007 and 2009. That game will be played on Saturday, May 22 at Princeton, N.J. at 2:30 p.m and televised nationally on ESPNU. Fifth-seeded Duke advanced to the quarterfinals Saturday with a lambasting of Johns Hopkins 18-5. Duke has won the previous two quarterfinal matchups against the Tar Heels. UNC won this year's regular season meeting 13-7 in Durham on March 10.
Sunday's matchup between the Tar Heels (13-2) and the Fighting Blue Hens (10-7) was everything it was billed to be, a slugfest between two powerful offensive teams. Game time was delayed from 5:05 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. But the weather cleared and it turned into beautiful weather conditions for both teams.
As it has all season, UNC used a balanced scoring attack to survive the Blue Hens' effort. Coming off the bench, Marcus Holman led the Heels with four points on three goals and an assist. Senior captain Sean DeLaney made his first start since March 27 against Maryland and had three goals for UNC. Thomas Wood, Matt Davie and Chris Layne each had three goals for UNC. For Davie, it was the second and third goals of his career and Layne added his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Jimmy Dunster also scored for UNC and Mark Staines had the game-winning goal with 4:52 left in the fourth quarter. Eight of UNC's goals and four of its assists came from non-starters. Besides scoring the game-winning goal, Staines also had a team high five ground balls, sharing that acclaim with Billy Bitter, and Staines also won 7 of 12 face-offs.