SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With his first goal of the day, senior attackman Dennis Goldstein broke North Carolina's single-season scoring record.
Goldstein finished with four, raising the record to 47. The old mark was 43 by Bert Fett in 1974.
"Dennis is one of many reasons we've been able to win close games," coach Dave Klarmann said after the 18-13 win over Towson State in the NCAA final yesterday.
This is the first year five North Carolina players scored 20 or more goals. The others: John Webster, 26; Steve Speers, 24; and Michael Thomas and Dan Donnelly, 23 apiece.
* A Towson cog was missing after junior defenseman Carl Beernink sprained an ankle in the semifinal win over Maryland. He was replaced by Eric Dorn.
"Carl's one of our leaders," coach Carl Runk said. "That set us back."
* North Carolina finished 16-0, a school record. Klarmann became the second rookie head coach to go undefeated and win the national championship. The other was Don Zimmerman of 14-0 Johns Hopkins in 1984. The Tar Heels are now 4-0 in NCAA championship games.
* Towson will have to wait until next season for the 250th lacrosse win in school history. The Tigers' decision over Maryland in the semifinals was No. 249.
Runk's 1974 College Division winner is Towson's only men's national championship team in any sport at any level. That year, incidentally, was the last time the Tigers beat North Carolina. The Tar Heels have won 12 straight since by an average margin of eight goals.
The only other title game the Tigers have reached was the 1976 Stagg Bowl against St. John's of Minnesota for the NCAA Division III football championship. They lost, 31-28.
* By the numbers: Towson's Rich Betcher had 21 saves, to 11 by Carolina's Andy Piazza and Billy Daye. The Tar Heels had advantages of 23-11 in faceoffs and 79-56 in ground balls.
* Attackman Glenn Smith completed his Towson career with a school-record 154 goals. No. 2 on the list is Mike Burke with 106 from 1979-82. Smith, Rob Shek and John Blatchley each scored three yesterday.
Blatchley, a junior, had two assists for a career total of 104, second on the all-time list behind Bob Griebe (133 from 1972-75).