March 12, 2016
Photo: UMass Athletics
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Dolan Backstops UMass Upset of No. 10 North Carolina

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AMHERST, Mass. — Freshman attackman Tyler Bogart scored three times and sophomore goalie Dan Dolan tallied a career-high 18 saves as the UMass men's lacrosse team upset No. 10 North Carolina 14-9 at Garber Field Saturday afternoon.

Bogart dedicated the game to his uncle, Paul Jacobs, who died Wednesday after an extended battle with leukemia. His three goals marked a career high as the Newton, Mass., native scored once each in the first, second and fourth quarters.

Dolan's 18 saves marks the most by a UMass goalie since the 2013 season when Zach Oliveri, now a fifth-year senior at Stony Brook, also had 18 in a 12-11 victory over No. 4 North Carolina on Feb. 16. After he made two saves in the first quarter, Dolan notched six in the second and five each in the third and fourth quarters, as the Minutemen weathered the North Carolina comeback.

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Steve Pontrello had three goals and two assists for North Carolina (3-3), which was visiting Garber Field for the first time since 1977. Stephen Kelly dominated at the X for the Tar Heels, going 17-for-25, but North Carolina could not overcome the UMass defense despite that advantage.

Playing its third straight Top 20 opponent after losses to No. 9 Brown and No. 16 Albany, UMass (3-4) took the lead for good on Ben Spencer's goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. That started a 5-2 run for the Minutemen, who led 6-3 at halftime. A third-quarter run pulled the Tar Heels back to within one, but UMass answered with five straight goals, all but putting the game away at 12-6 early in the fourth quarter.

The Minutemen have one last non-conference contest before beginning their CAA slate in April, visiting Penn State on Saturday. North Carolina, which lost its second straight game, has a quick turnaround with a game Monday at Manhattan.

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