March 30, 2012

Four Score: No. 3 UNC Nips No. 7 Duke 4-2

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Third-ranked North Carolina scored its fewest goals ever in a win on Fridaynight, beating seventh-ranked Duke 4-2 in collegiate women’s lacrosse action at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.  With two regular season conference games remaining, the Tar Heels clinch one of two byes to the semifinals of next month’s ACC Tournament.

Carolina improves to 11-1 this season, 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the victory. Duke falls to 8-5 overall, 2-2 in ACC play.

Becky Lynch had a goal and an assist for the Tar Heels.  Jessica Griffin and Emily Garrity also scored for UNC, and Laura Zimmerman and Abbey Friend each had an assist.  Emma Hamm and Makenzie Hommel scored Duke’s two unassisted goals.

The six total goals in the game are the fewest scored in any UNC-Duke matchup (the previous low was nine in a 7-2 UNC win in 1997) and the fewest combined goals in any Tar Heel game since a 5-4 loss at Boston College on March 29, 2008.

Carolina’s four goals were its fewest ever in a win (the previous low was five in a 5-4 win over JamesMadison on April 14, 2002) and its fewest in any game since a 14-4 loss to Duke in the 2009 ACC Tournament.

Duke’s two goals were its fewest since 1997 and Carolina’s four goals were the fewest allowed by Duke in a loss in the 17-year history of the Blue Devil program.

Carolina out-shot Duke 13-10 in the game but took just three shots in the decisive second half.

The Tar Heels scored in the first minute of the game, as Garrity took a pass from Friend for a 1-0 lead at 29:11.  Duke held Carolina scoreless the rest of the opening half, and the Blue Devils didn’t score their first goal until Hommel’s free position tally at the 4:00 mark of the half.

UNC out-shot Duke 10-4 in the opening 30 minutes but Blue Devils goalkeeper Mollie Mackler made four saves and Duke controlled 11 ground balls to Carolina’s seven in the first half.

In the seventh minute of the second half, the officials disallowed an apparent goal by Duke’s Kerrin Mauer because the pocket of her stick was too deep.  Less than a minute later, Carolina scored on an own goal by Duke when Friend tried to pass the ball from behind the cage.  Mackler intercepted the pass but lost control of the ball and it trickled into the goal for a 2-1 Tar Heel lead with 23:06 left.

Nearly 13 minutes later, Griffin scored off a pretty pass from Lynch from behind the cage for a 3-1 advantage.  With 6:20 left, Lynch scored off a quick pass from Zimmerman from behind the goal to make the score 4-1 Tar Heels.  Hamm’s man-down goal with 1:45 to play cut the lead to 4-2 Tar Heels but it was too late.

Carolina will return toaction on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Virginia Tech at Fetzer Field.  The Tar Heels will host their final regular season home game next Saturday (April 7) against Maryland at 4 p.m.


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