SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- North Carolina attackman Dennis Goldstein had seen his team eliminated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I lacrosse semifinals the past two years. As a senior this season, anything short of a national championship meant failure.
With the 1991 national championship on the line yesterday at the Carrier Dome, Goldstein scored four goals and four assists, leading North Carolina to an 18-13 win over Towson State before 8,293.
"In the last two years, I have seen my season end abruptly," said Goldstein. "It's disheartening. This time I said if it was going to end, I was going to give it my best. I wanted to go out as a winner."
He did. Goldstein, from Stony Brook, N.Y., was superb when it counted yesterday. After Towson pulled within 13-12 with 8:40 left in the game, Goldstein had a goal and two assists.
The last goal came with 1:13 left in the game and put North Carolina ahead, 18-12.
"Dennis Goldstein is an excellent ballplayer," said Towson State coach Carl Runk, whose team trailed, 11-4, after the first half, during which Goldstein had three goals. "We had to use a deny defense on him hoping to stop him and get back in the game."
Towson State was not the only team in the tournament that had trouble stopping Goldstein. In North Carolina's 19-13 semifinal win over Syracuse, Goldstein had four goals.
In that game, he was matched up against Pat McCabe, considered one of the best defensemen in the game.
"Dennis Goldstein is virtually unstoppable," said Towson attackman John Blatchley. "He can shot either right-handed or left. He proved what type of player he is this tournament."
The four goals by Goldstein gave him 47 for the year, a single-season Tar Heels record.
"This is all kind of crazy," said Goldstein. "We have a new coach, and I thought we had a chance for the national championship, but not an undefeated season with the schedule we play.
"And now I have a scoring record. I really haven't celebrated yet, but believe me, I will."