The Denver Pioneers have advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament following their 15-14 victory over the No. 8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. The Pioneers are now 2-6 in games decided by one goal during the 2012 season.
UNC came up with a goal with 48 seconds left in the game, bringing it to a one-goal game, but that was it. There was a ball off the pipe around the 30-second mark, making for and exciting moment.
Jeremy Noble was the player of the game with three goals and 10 points, a school record at the Division 1 level. Mark Matthews and Wes Berg each picked up a hat trick, though the former went one step further with five goals. Eric Law and Alex Demopoulos each picked up two goals apiece.
North Carolina's Marcus Holman scored six goals.
Steven Rastivo made 15 saves for the Tar Heels while Ryan LaPlante finished with nine saves.
The Pioneers will play the No. 1 Loyola, Md. Greyhounds in the second round next week. This will be the third game between the two teams this year. Denver has yet to win.
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