CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Following a career-game from sophomore midfielder Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario), the University of Denver men's lacrosse team upset the eighth seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, 16-14, in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament action on Saturday night at Fetzer Field.
Led by Noble, the Pioneers (9-6) saw three different student-athletes record hat tricks. Noble set a new Denver Division I single-game record tallying 10 points on a career-high seven assists as well as a season-high tying three goals. Senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) tied a career-high with five goals, while freshman Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) netted three goals and added two assists for five points.
Senior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) got into the action with three points, on two goals and an assist, while junior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) recorded two goals, including the final in the last second. Junior midfielder Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) capped off the scoring by adding a goal.
Redshirt-sophomore Drew Babb (Centennial, Colo.) assisted on the game-clinching goal. Junior midfielder Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) also added an assist to go along with converting on 22-of-30 successful face-offs for the Pioneers, tying his career-high.
After North Carolina cut Denver's lead to 15-14 with 48 seconds left in the game, the Tar Heels regained possession and looked to score the game-tying goal. Following a UNC timeout, sophomore defensemen John Zurlo (Bernardsville, N.J.) forced a caused turnover, grabbing the groundball and relaying the pass to Babb who found a streaking Law for the open-net goal as time expired, sealing the victory for the Pioneers.
In a game that saw three ties and four lead changes, the Pioneers were able to regain the lead for good at the end of the third quarter, scoring eight goals in the final half after the two teams combined to tally 11 alone in the second quarter.
The Pioneers will travel to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, May 19, for their third match-up this season against top-seeded Loyola (Md.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
- Matthews extended his 44-game point-scoring streak after his five-goal performance on Saturday. Five goals ties his career-high as he has now recorded at least five goals in six games during his four-game career.
- Matthews now has 155 career goals, ranking him second in the nation among active career scorers. He also now has 29 career hat tricks, ranking him third in the country.
- Demopoulos also extended his point-scoring streak to 50 straight games, posting two goals and an assist against North Carolina.
- The 11 combined goals scored in the second quarter is only the second time this season the Pioneers have been involved in a game with more than 10 goals in a single quarter. The previous time occurred during the DU Face-Off Classic against Robert Morris (2/26/12).
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