March 22, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - North Carolina goalie Paul Spellman had a career day to lift No. 13 North Carolina to a stunning 10-6 upset win over the host Terrapins Saturday in Maryland's return to Byrd Stadium.
Spellman had a career-best 25 saves to lead a stellar Heel defensive effort, while senior Austin Garrison paced the Carolina offense with four goals and an assist to hand the Terps their first loss of the season in front of 2,182 on a beautiful day in College Park.
Spellman held the Terps scoreless for the game's first 23 minutes while Garrison gave North Carolina (5-2, 4-1) a three-goal bulge by scoring twice in 35 seconds midway through the second period.
The Terps pulled to within one at halftime on goals by Brian Hunt (West Chester, Pa.) and Mollot. Despite the comeback, the Heels dominated the first half outshooting Maryland 28-15.
The Heels put the game out of reach in the third stanza, outscoring the home squad 5-2. Two goals from Mike McCall and tallies from Kyle Bell, Bryant Will and Ryan Blair gave the visitors a four-goal lead heading into the final period. Carolina extended its lead to six on fourth-quarter goals by Will and Garrison, before Walters and senior Ryan Moran (Setauket, N.Y.) closed out the scoring for Maryland.
The Tar Heel win was the first against Maryland since 1996. The six goals was the lowest offensive output for Maryland since a 6-5 victory over Navy last April.
Maryland returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on the Butler Bulldogs in a make-up contest at 7 p.m.