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North Carolina Tops Princeton 13-11

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/07/2014
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Matt O'Connor tied his career high with 12 saves in the 13-11 loss to North Carolina.
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Final Stats

This was a blowout by Princeton and North Carolina's standards, and by a blowout, we're talking about a two-goal game instead of one-goal game, not that it made Princeton feel any less frustrated by the outcome.

Yes, this time it was two goals instead of one. Yes, this time Chad Tutton's game-winner with 3:50 left instead of three seconds left.

And yes, Carolina added a late goal when the Tigers were spread out chasing the ball to make it a two-goal final, as opposed to the one-goal game of a year ago, or two years ago, or four years ago, or eight of the 16 times these two have played.

Tutton's goal snapped a tie score with 3:50 left, Kieren Burke made 40% of his saves after that and North Carolina held off Princeton 13-11 in front of 1,717 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME

The score was 11-10 Princeton after Tom Schreiber scored his third of the night, to go along with two assists, early in the fourth quarter. Twice after that Princeton had stops on North Carolina - including one sequence where Matt O'Connor robbed both Austin Pifani and Jimmy Bitter - but both times North Carolina took advantage of Princeton turnovers to get an extra possession and score. Shane Simpson tied it with 10:09 left, and then Chad Tutton put the Tar Heels up 12-11 with 3:50 to go.

THE END GAME

Burke made five saves in the game, none bigger than the one on Ryan Ambler as he drove to the crease with 1:42 to play. UNC cleared the ball and called timeout with 1:29 left, and by the time Princeton touched the ball again, the Tar Heels had killed all but 13 seconds and Bitter had scored in a basically open net. Princeton won the face-off and Hunter deButts took a shot with four seconds left that Burke made another save on.

STAT OF THE GAME

Princeton trailed by three twice and rallied to score the next four both times, but North Carolina answered both times. Princeton trailed 4-1 before going up 5-4 and 10-7 in the third before going up 11-10 in the fourth.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tom Schreiber had three goals and three assists and Mike MacDonald had a goal and a career-high four assists, which are easy stats to see. Derick Raabe, though, had a great game, with two caused turnovers and six ground balls, which helped Princeton to be nearly even in face-offs and helped hold the nation's top-ranked scoring offense four goals below its average.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Mike MacDonald's goal from Tom Schreiber in the third quarter came off a rocket pass from Schreiber that went about 30 yards.

STREAKING

Tom Schreiber had six points, giving him at least three points in 20 straight games and 41 of 48 for his career. He also has at least one point in 36 straight games. Kip Orban had three goals, equalling the career-high he's had four other times and giving him at least one goal in 16 straight games and one point in 19 straight games. Mike MacDonald's goal gave him one in 14 straight and like Orban, a point in 19 straight.

MOVING UP THE LISTS

Tom Schreiber now has 86 goals and 82 assists, making him the third player in program history with at least 80 goals and 80 assists, joining Jon Hess and Dave Heubeck (who was in attendance at the game). Schreiber is also the first player in program history with at least 85 goals and 80 assists. In addition, he moved into eighth place at Princeton with 168 career points and 16th place with 86 goals.

IN THE GOAL

After splitting time in the first three games, Matt O'Connor played the entire game in goal for Princeton. O'Connor made 12 saves, tying his career high. His best play was when he dove to the end line to retain possession for Princeton after a fourth-quarter save.

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