Sixth-ranked North Carolina went on a 10-1 scoring run over a span of 21:46 in the second half yesterday to storm past eighth-ranked Ohio State for a 13-6 win in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament before 1,529 at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
It was the first tournament win for the Tar Heels (10-4) since 1993, and it placed them in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.
North Carolina, which was led yesterday by Kevin Frew's 15 faceoff wins and Paul Spellman's 13 saves, will play top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Johns Hopkins on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
Just a week after losing a 12-6 decision to the Tar Heels on the same field, the Buckeyes (12-4) scored first and had a tie at halftime before fading.
No. 5 Princeton 12, No. 14 Rutgers 4: Ryan Boyle scored a career-high four goals and the host Tigers (10-3) advanced to the quarterfinals with their 16th straight victory over the Scarlet Knights (8-6).
The Tigers, who have been to the NCAA quarterfinals 13 of the past 14 years, scored the game's first two goals and pushed their lead to 8-2 by halftime.
No. 10 Cornell 11, No. 13 Hobart 5: The host Big Red (9-4) held the Statesmen (9-7) to their lowest goal total of the season in advancing to the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons.
Joe Boulukos led Cornell with three goals. Kevin Nee, Mike Riordan and Ian Rosenberger had two apiece. Matt McMonagle made 14 saves for the Big Red.
Washington College 9, Whittier 8: Jon Spivey scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds to play in regulation, lifting the host Shoremen (17-2) past the Poets (7-3) and into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Washington built a 5-0 lead before Whittier came back, tying the game at 8 on Dan Fink's goal with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter.
Spivey's goal came less than seven minutes later, following Washington goalie Richard Yost's game-saving stop of Billy Schultz's point-blank attempt with 1:31 left.
Salisbury 13, Wooster 2: Cory O'Neil scored five goals, including three during a 5-0 first-quarter run, as the host Sea Gulls (17-0) trounced the Scots (8-5) in a Division III second-round game.
The Sea Gulls, ranked No. 1 in Division III and owners of a 26-game winning streak dating to last season, advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinals against Washington and Lee, a 12-8 winner yesterday over Messiah.
Wooster, making its first postseason appearance, scored the game's first goal before surrendering the next six.