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

Buoyed by five unanswered goals during one second-quarter stretch, the Tar Heels built their seven-point lead by the half. Holman and Tutton each had a hat trick by the break, with Holman extending his own school consecutive-game scoring record to 29.

The Blue Devils won seven of nine faceoffs as they mounted their third-quarter comeback and put the clamps on the Tar Heel defensively. The momentum shifted in waves until Bitter finally ended North Carolina's scoring drought.

“You almost felt it was going to come down to who had the ball last,” Breschi said. “They were really explosive offensively, and we weren't giving our goalkeeper a lot of help.”

Holman finished with four goals and six total points, putting him just two points shy of matching North Carolina's school record of 204. Tutton also scored four goals for the Tar Heels.

Duke's Jordan Wolf led all scorers with five goals and seven points. Wolf scored four goals and assisted on another during the Blue Devils' second-half surge.

“We showed a lot of character, a lot of strength,” Danowski said. “After it was 15-6 in the third quarter, it was 11-3, Duke, the rest of the game. But it was too big of hole for us to overcome. I'm proud of our guys, but hats off to the Tar Heels.”

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