Eighth-Ranked Duke Stuns No. 3 North Carolina in Overtime

CHAPEL HILL – Kerrin Maurer scored her third goal of the night with 26 seconds left in overtime to lift eighth-ranked Duke to a 7-6 win over third-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill.

The Blue Devils improved to 9-6 overall, 3-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with the victory. Carolina, which had won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series entering the game, fell to 12-3, 5-2. The Tar Heels have finished ACC regular season play and have a non-conference game this weekend against Towson before next week's ACC Tournament in Boston.

Abbey Friend and Molly Hendrick each scored twice for Carolina in the defeat, while Sydney Holman had two assists. Friend has 50 goals this season and has posted the third 50-goal season of her career. Aly Messinger and Taylor George both had single goals, and Sarah Scott added an assist for UNC.

Maurer led Duke with three goals and an assist. Sydney Peterson also scored three times, and Erin Tenneson added a goal. Chelsea Landon and Kelci Smesko each had assists for the Blue Devils.

As a team, Duke had 21 ground balls to Carolina's 14 and out-shot the Tar Heels by a 23-12 margin. UNC's 12 shots tie its season low, set in the loss at Northwestern on March 31.

In the first half, Duke methodically moved the ball around and controlled possession in the first 20 minutes, taking a 4-1 lead after Maurer's second goal at the 10:17 mark. Just over a minute later, Friend scored her first goal and started a 3-0 Tar Heel rally to tie things at four goals apiece at halftime.

Carolina took its first lead early in the second half, scoring twice in the first 6:37 after the break to take a 6-4 lead. After a long scoreless period, Duke scored twice in the final 12:12 to tie it and force overtime before Maurer's third goal won it late in the first overtime period.

Carolina couldn't get off a quality shot in the final seconds to tie the game and force a second overtime. The Tar Heels have lost three of their last four games, all to teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, after starting the season 11-0.

The match-up was the first women's lacrosse game played in Kenan Stadium, home of the football Tar Heels. Carolina's usual lacrosse home, Fetzer Field, is unavailable this weekend due to the ACC Track & Field Championships being held on campus.

Carolina will return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. against Towson in Kenan Stadium.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer buried a shot with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to lift eighth-ranked Duke over third-ranked North Carolina Wednesday evening in the first women's lacrosse game to be played at Kenan Stadium. The regular season meeting between the Tobacco Road rivals went into overtime for the second-straight year, with the Blue Devils coming out on top by a 7-6 score.

Duke improved to 9-6 on the season and 3-4 in ACC competition with the critical conference victory, while the Tar Heels fell to 12-3 on the year and 5-2 in league play.

Maurer and senior attacker Sydney Peterson led the charge for the Blue Devils offensively with three goals apiece. The Blue Devils also turned in a balanced effort at the draw and the defensive unit limited North Carolina to its second-lowest scoring output of the spring.

“To come here and play in Kenan against a great Carolina team and execute a game plan as well as they did was just a great effort,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “Our team really understands that it's such a privilege to be part of such an awesome rivalry and because of all the special things that come along with it, you can get great finishes like this.”

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