With Daye sidelined, it's lights out for No. 1 Carolina Goalie out, Virginia in as ACC champ, 13-12

April 11, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 1 North Carolina, playing without All-American candidate and goalkeeper Billy Daye, allowed the final four goals in regulation and attackman Kevin Pehlke scored 1:13 into the four-minute overtime as No. 8 Virginia stunned the Tar Heels, 13-12, yesterday at Scott Stadium.

Virginia fans ran onto the field to join the Cavaliers, who were celebrating their first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title since 1990. Virginia (6-2 overall, 3-0 ACC) also stopped North Carolina's 14-game regular-season winning streak.

"I didn't know if we had anything left after they went up by four goals in the fourth period," said Dom Starsia, Virginia's

coach. "All I know is in that situation Kevin has more license to do with the ball than any other player on this team. It's his judgment call to shoot or pass it up. Maybe Daye makes the stop, maybe he doesn't."

Pehlke said: "Maybe North Carolina is another team without him. Or maybe we're a good team that's about to become great."

Daye, a senior from Huntington, N.Y., has a .661 save percentage but was notified on Thursday night by team doctors that he would miss the rest of the season because of a broken sixth vertebrae. He first suffered the injury during a first-quarter collision last week against Johns Hopkins.

Daye missed 17 minutes of that game, but returned in the third quarter. He was replaced yesterday by junior Gary Lehrman, who was starting only his second game. Lehrman, the only other goalkeeper in the program, played well with 12 saves, but he is no Daye. He allowed the most goals in a game this season.

"Gary played very well and it's not his fault we lost," said Alex Martin, North Carolina's senior defenseman. "We're not going to make any excuses. Champions have to win when they're successful, and win when they face adversity. We didn't get it done when adversity surfaced. But we may meet these guys again in the conference tournament. I can't wait. I'm counting down the time."

It was Martin who was victimized by Pehlke on the last shot. The two are no strangers to each other. Pehlke is Virginia's best attackman. Martin is North Carolina's best defenseman. Pehlke is from Calvert Hall. Martin played at Gilman.

During their collegiate careers, Martin has held Pehlke to three goals and seven assists in five games. Martin had shut him out in the past two games.

Yesterday was Pehlke's turn.

Pehlke got the ball to the left of the goal and from seven yards out, hurled a left-handed shot past a surprised Martin and through the legs of Lehrman.

Pehlke finished with four goals, two assists and became Virginia's all-time points leader with 214.

He also got some redemption.

"That guy [Martin] is always talking trash," said Pehlke. "He kept saying, 'You ain't got nothing left, you ain't got nothing left.' That's why I wanted the ball."

Martin said: "My hat is off to him. He took me outside where I couldn't get help, and I thought he was out far enough where he couldn't shoot. It was a great job by him. I'll see him again."

North Carolina (9-1, 1-1) started out well, leading 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. But pesky Virginia would always manage to stay within two goals, at 5-3 with 8:59 left in the second period and 7-5 at the half.

North Carolina, on consecutive goals from Steve Speers and Mike Acee, went ahead 9-5 with 5:26 left in the third period, but the Cavaliers closed out the quarter with goals from Pehlke, Sean Miller and Michael Vaughan to make it 9-8.

North Carolina edged back out to a 12-8 lead before Virginia's last surge.

Midfielder David Jones scored on an over-the-shoulder shot with 9:37 left to cut North Carolina's lead to 12-9. Nearly 30 minutes later, Miller beat defenseman John Fox for another goal. Then with 2:10 left, midfielder Tony Nugent, despite being high-lowed by Lehrman and Chuck Breschi outside the crease, rolled in a shot for another goal.

Then with 1:23 left, midfielder Chris Diggs, despite being tripped by Holmes Harden, shot while falling forward and scored to send the game into overtime.

"I was thinking the other night about that choking tag we have obtained," said Pehlke, whose team has won three one-goal games, including two straight in overtime. "I thought it was unfair Cto Coach Starsia, it being his first year. This is a new era now."

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