No. 1 North Carolina Runs by No. 4 Duke in ACC Semifinal

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 North Carolina began the day seven unanswered goals en route to a 14-4 win over the fourth-seeded Duke women's lacrosse team Friday afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2010 ACC Championship.

The top-seeded Tar Heels outshot the Blue Devils 29-17 and led 8-1 at the half, eliminating Duke from the conference tournament, held at Ludwig Field on the campus of the University of Maryland.

North Carolina improves to 14-1 (4-1 ACC) with the win, and the Tar Heels advance to Sunday's championship game. Duke drops to 12-5 (2-3 ACC) with the loss.

Jenn Russell netted North Carolina's first goal of the game less than two minutes in and Corey Donohue tallied three goals and an assist as the Tar Heels put the game away early with a 7-0 run to start the match. Duke's Virginia Crotty got the Blue Devils on the board with an unassisted goal at the 11:04 mark, but the Devils were unable to rally any further before the intermission.

The second half began much like the first as UNC went on a 5-0 run and led 13-1 midway through the period. Duke put together a run of its on starting with freshman Monica DeMairo capitalizing on a free position opportunity with 13:08 remaining. Kim Wenger and Morgan Miller netted back-to-back scores to cut North Carolina's advantage to 13-4, but the effort was too little too late for Duke.

The Blue Devils return to action on Sunday, May 9, playing host to Brown University at Koskinen Stadium at 11:00 a.m.


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