North Carolina Puts Georgia on Midnight Train 11-5 at National Collegiate Club Championship
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Daniel Small (Jr., Mountain View, Calif.) scored four goals to earn Player of the Game honors as the University of North Carolina knocked off the University of Georgia 11-5 in the consolation round of the 2010 Men's National Collegiate Club Championship at Southern Utah University.
The victory moves the Tarheels into a 1:40 p.m. match on Saturday, November 13 against the victor of another consolation bracket game between No. 6 University of Oregon and host Southern Utah University. Georgia will have a significant period of time off as the Bulldogs will not return to action until 8:40 p.m. on Saturday in one of two 13th place games against the loser of the Oregon-Southern Utah game.
Due to the 30 game schedule of the National Collegiate Club Championship and the amount of pool time available, the 13th and 15th place matches are not played, thus causing the winner of Georgia's next game to be one of two 13th place teams, while the loser is among a pair of 15th place finishers in the 16-team field.
UNC wasted no time in taking the lead for good as Marty Schuen whipped in a shot at 6:13 and Nicholas Marsden (Sr., Carlsbad, Calif.) netted a tally at 4:14 to put the Tarheels in front 2-0 in the first period.
The lead grew to 4-0 before Georgia responded as Robbie Boland (So., Sinking Spring, Pa.) contributed an even-strength score at 5:31 and buried a penalty shot at 2:57 to put UNC out in front 4-0.
Georgia broke through to pull within three before the end of the half as Chris Maurer (Gr., Sinking Spring, Pa.) fired home a marker with 1:03 on the clock to make it 4-1 at halftime.
North Carolina continued to apply pressure in the third period as Danny Trotier (Fr., Columbus, Ohio) and Small found the back of the cage with natural strikes at 6:12 and 5:27, respectively, to make it a 6-1 game.
Following a goal by Georgia's Lawson Floyd (Sr., Houston, Texas) to pull the Bulldogs within four with 4:27 remaining in the frame, the teams traded goals to the end of the third period as Small (3:58) scored at even strength and Maurer (1:44) rocketed in a man-up shot to make it at 7-3 game after 21 minutes of play.
North Carolina began to seal the victory in the opening minutes of the fourth period as Boland and Small scored at 5:56 and 4:21, respectively, to hand the Tarheels a 9-3 lead.
Georgia was unable to close within five the rest of the as North Carolina rolled into the next round and guaranteed themselves at least a 12th place finish in the field.
In cage, Steve Sinclair (Fr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) picked up the victory with nine saves. Drew Duckett (So., Lockport, Ill.) took the loss with eight saves.
|University of Georgia||0||1||2||2||--||5|
|University of North Carolina||2||2||3||4||--||11|
UNC Goals: Daniel Small (4), Robbie Boland (3), Nicholas Marsden (2), Marty Schuen, Danny Trotier
Georgia Goals: Chris Maurer (2), Alex Lembeck, Tommy Cellini, Lawson Floyd
Saves: UNC - Steve Sinclair (9) ; Georgia - Drew Duckett (8)
Exclusions: UNC - 4 ; Georgia - 4
Advantage Opportunities: UNC - 1-for-4 ; Georgia - 2-for-4
Sprints: UNC - 0-for-4 ; Georgia - 4-for-4
Officials: Rick Marsh, Gene Gill