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April 7, 2001

Charlottesville, Va. –

The 19th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels scored four of the game’s last six goals to upset #4 Virginia 7-5 at Kl?ckner Stadium this afternoon. North Carolina improves to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. The loss ended UVa’s four-game winning streak as the Cavaliers are now 5-4 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.

In a defensive struggle, the two teams went into halftime tied at two. North Carolina took the lead on a goal by Steven Will with 13:32 remaining in the third quarter, but Virginia answered by netting two goals to take a 4-3 advantage. Conor Gill scored the first on a wraparound from the right side with 6:00 left in the quarter. Chris Rotelli gave the Cavaliers their only lead as he beat UNC goalie Kris Blindenbacher with some nifty stickwork in front 39 seconds later.

The Tar Heels roared back, however, with three unanswered goals to built a two-goal cushion. Mac Hammer knotted the score at 4-all with 38 seconds remaining in the third period. Will scored what proved to be the game winner with 7:20 left to play on a scramble in front. Cavalier goalie Tillman Johnson made the initial save, but couldn’t control the ball. Andy Jonas scooped up the loose ball and fed Will for his second goal of the game.

Jeff Sonke tallied his second goal of the afternoon with 2:18 to play in what looked like a sure clincher for the Tar Heels. North Carolina committed an illegal procedure violation with less than 1:30 to go giving Virginia a key possession. Rotelli took the ball off the restart, raced down the field and netted a shot that skimmed along the grass with 1:05 left to play.

David Jenkins won the ensuing faceoff giving the Cavaliers one final possession but Blindenbacher deflected Gill’s shot point blank shot with 29 seconds left as UNC controlled the loose ball. North Carolina defenseman Bobby Gormsen closed out the game’s scoring with his first of the year with 10 seconds remaining.

Virginia closes out its regular season ACC schedule next Saturday against Duke in Durham, N.C., at 1:00 p.m.

Score by quarter:UNC-1-1-2-3=7UVA- 1-1-2-1=5Att. 3017

Saves: UNC 18 (Kris Blindenbacher-18), UVA 11 (Tillman Johnson-11)Shots: UNC 41, UVA 32Clearing: UNC 23/28, UVA 19/23Faceoffs: UNC 5, UVA 11Ground Balls: UNC 44, UVA 40Penalties: UNC 1/1:00, UVA 2/1:30EMO: UNC 0/2, UVA 0/1

UVA ScoringGoals: Chris Rotelli 2, Tyler Gilbert, Conor Gill, Justin Mullen.Assists: Gill.

UNC ScoringGoals: Jeff Sonke 2, Steven Will 2, Bobby Gormsen, Mac Hammer, Lance Zimmerman.Assists: Austin Garrison, Andy Jonas.

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