Tar Heels Continue Japan Trip With Win Over Gakushuin

June 20, 2006

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  • TOKYO, JAPAN---The North Carolina men's lacrosse team continued its week-long tour of Japan Tuesday afternoon with a 13-1 victory over Gakushuin University in a 40-minute match at Ohi Stadium. The game was played as an international friendly and the Tar Heels will play four more matches of that nature Wednesday on the last day of competition on the trip.

    UNC received goals from 12 different players as it sped to a 5-1 lead at halftime and then outscored the Phoenix 8-0 in the second half for the 13-1 final.

    Junior Ben Mark led the Tar Heels in scoring with two goals and one assist. Senior Ryan Blair had a goal and two assists. Senior Ryan Tolson added a goal and an assist.

    Other goal scorers for UNC were Nick Tintle, Andrew McElduff, Drew Habeck, Matthias McCall, Rob Driscoll, Brian Burke, Billy Staines, Ben Staines and David Ryan.


    The remaining assists were provided by Sam Wagner, Kyle Henderson, Ben Hunt, Tom Sciolla and Bart Wagner.

    The most intriguing matchup of the day was UNC sophomore defender Tim McCall, at 6-6, guarding Gakushuin attackman Naoki Wada for most of the day. Wada stands 160 centimeters tall (5-2).

    Following the game, the Tar Heel travel contingent of 55 players, coaches, staff and family received a tour of the beautiful urban campus of Gakushuin where 8,000 students attend classes. The Gakushuin University community and university administrators and the lacrosse team at the school then hosted a party and dinner for the Tar Heels.

    UNC will play four more exhibition matches on Thursday, all 15 minutes in length. Carolina's opponents will include Tokyo University, Keio University, Waseda University and Meijigakuin University. Following the games the Tar Heels will be hosted at a farewell party hosted by all the various teams they have participated against this week.

    Thursday will be a free day for sightseeing for the entire party. The team leaves Tokyo on Friday at 12:25 p.m. from Narita Airport. The UNC travel party will arrive in Chapel Hill later in the afternoon on Friday.

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    North Carolina's Tim McCall's defensive assignment against Gakushuin was 160-centimeter tall Naoki Wada.
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