Duke Erases 9-Goal Deficit by Falls to No. 1 UNC in ACC Semis

It was UNC's first win over the Blue Devils since 2010, ending a five-game losing streak in the series, and only the second win by Carolina over the Blue Devils in the last 18 meetings between the two teams dating back to 2005. UNC broke a 10-game losing streak to the Blue Devils in tournament play. The Heels had lost their last six meetings to Duke in the ACC Tournament and last four meetings in the NCAA Tournament. Carolina's last win in tournament play over their arch-rivals came in the 1996 ACC Tournament semifinals when Carolina won 18-8 in Charlottesville, Va. The win for Carolina was its first over their neighbors from Durham in Chapel Hill since a 14-9 Tar Heel win on March 19, 2003.

Carolina's 18 goals were the most it has scored against a Top 10-ranked team since April 6, 1996 when the Tar Heels beat #1-ranked Virginia 19-18 at Fetzer Field. The 18 goals allowed by Duke were the most it has given up since April 5, 2003 against Johns Hopkins and the 17 goals scored by the Blue Devils were the most it has ever tallied in a loss in their history.

Marcus Holman inched closer to setting Carolina career records for points and goals in a career. The senior attackman now has 202 career points, just two short of Bruce Ledwith's school record of 204 from 1970-73. His four goals give him 120 for his career, eight shy of the school record of 128 scored by Bert Fett from 1972-75. His two assists give him 82 for his career and he is tied with Dennis Goldstein for fourth place in Carolina history in that category.

Holman's 69 points are the fifth most in a single season in school history as are his 33 assists. Three players had hat tricks Friday with Holman recording the 17 of his career, Bitter his seventh and Tutton his sixth. Tutton's four goals were a career high.

Holman extended his school record streak of consecutive games with a goal to 29 in a row. Jimmy Bitter recorded a point for the 24th straight game and Sankey now has a streak of 18 consecutive games with a point. Tutton has scored goals in 24 of the past 25 matches.

Carolina improved to 14-9 in one-goal games in Coach Breschi's five seasons, including a 4-2 mark this season. It was only the second one-goal game between the two teams over the past 18 meetings, the other being a 12-11 win by Duke in the 2009 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

The two teams traded four unassisted goals at the start of the game with Joey Sankey scoring at 12:41 for UNC, Jordan Wolf at 9:13 for Duke, Chad Tutton at 8:17 for UNC and Jake Tripucka at 7:34 for Duke.

Carolina then ran off eight of the next nine goals of the game to take a 10-3 lead with 5:48 left in the first half. Marcus Holman scored a man-up goal for the Heels with 1:11 left in the first quarter off an assist by Davey Emala and then T.J. Kemp scored on a 40-yard shot from just inside midfielder with one second left in the quarter as Holman screened Turri on the play for Kemp's half-field strike.

Holman scored again with an assist by Bitter 1:04 into the second quarter but David Lawson answered 37 seconds later for Duke, cutting UNC's lead to 5-3.

And then began the game of runs, and there were many of them. The Heels ran off five goals in a row to go up 10-3. Greg McBride scored on a fast break off a Kieran McDonald assist at 12:22. Tutton scored on a bounce shot at 8:35 and Steve Pontrello added a highlight reel worthy tally at 7:17. After a face-off violation against Duke resulted in a 30-second penalty, Walker Chafee scored man up assist by Davey Emala at 7:06 and Holman cemented his hat trick with a goal at 5:48.

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2013-04-26



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