No. 5 Duke Runs Past No. 4 UNC to Advance to Final Four

PRINCETON, N.J. - The fourth-ranked University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team fell to a veteran fifth-ranked Duke side 17-9 in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday before a crowd of 8,260 at Princeton Stadium. UNC saw its season end at 13-3 while Duke, which has lost only once since March 10, improved to 14-4 heading into the NCAA semifinal round next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

UNC sophomore midfielder Jimmy Dunster scored a career-high four goals and added an assist in the match while Thomas Wood and Billy Bitter added two goals each for Carolina. Wood also had two assists for UNC. Gavin Petracca added a goal and three assists in his final game in a Tar Heel uniform. Six other UNC players played in their final games - defensemen Michael Jarvis and Sean Jackson, midfielders Sean DeLaney, Cryder DiPietro and Tommy D'Alessandro and attackman Kevin Federico.


Photos Courtesy of Ben and James Mackey

Duke's 17-man senior class now advances to its fourth straight Final Four. Duke, which was seeded on spot below Carolina by virtue of a 13-7 win by the Tar Heels in the regular season, got four goals by Zach Howell and three each by Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Crotty led the Blue Devils with three assists despite the fact more than half of the Blue Devils' goals were unassisted.

Duke outshot the Tar Heels 35-29 and in a role reversal from the regular-season contest, won the ground ball battle 30-24 and the face-off battle 18-10 UNC junior Michael Burns had a career high nine ground balls in the game for the Tar Heels. The game proved to be a struggle for both goalkeepers as the two teams combined for only 11 saves.


A bright spot was the riding game for UNC as it forced the Blue Devils into seven failed clears while UNC also forced 18 turnovers while having only 14 of its own.

Both teams scored twice in the first quarter. The Tar Heels drew first blood as Gavin Petracca fed from the right side to Thomas Wood cross crease for the putaway at 10:42 of the period. Duke equaled the score at 1-1 as Ned Crotty rolled the crease and scored unassisted at 7:18. Carolina retook the lead with exactly six minutes left as Jimmy Dunster rifled a shot from 12 yards out front past the Duke goalkeeper. Petracca earned his second assist of the match on the play. Duke then scored the last goal of the quarter as Justin Turri ran by two Tar Heel defenders to score on a dunk shot.


The Blue Devils outscored the Tar Heels 7-4 in the second quarter. Duke scored the first two goals of the second quarter as Steve Schoeffel dodged from behind to score unassisted at 14:09 and then 59 seconds later Max Quinzani scored on an eight-yard shot on the left side off an assist by Will McKee. Carolina pulled back within one goal as Jimmy Dunster scored on a left-handed shot from 10 yards out on the left side off an assist by Thomas Wood.

Duke then ran off the next three goals to take a 7-3 lead in just a minute and a half. Zach Howell scored on a dodge from behind at 7:16 and he scored against at 6:57 off an unsettled situation on a faceoff, assisted by Ned Crotty. Crotty then assisted on Will McKee's goal that made it 7-3 Duke with 5:45 to play in the half.


Carolina then battled back with the next two goals. Billy Bitter scored from 15 yards out front after losing his defender at the 4:35 mark. Carolina's next goal came when Jimmy Dunster's pass intended for Chris Layne went into the goal to cut Duke's lead to 7-5 at 3:21.

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2010-05-22



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