Duke vs. North Carolina
March 18, 2006
The Game Story:
DURHAM, N.C. -- After falling behind 6-0, third-ranked Duke used a 9-0 run
spanning over 30 minutes to earn an 11-8 victory over visiting North
Carolina in ACC men's lacrosse action in front of 4,031 fans at Koskinen
Stadium in Durham.

The Blue Devils improve to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in league play while the Tar
Heels fall to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

North Carolina controlled the entire first period, winning five-of-six draws
and scoring five goals. Nick Tintle tallied the first two before Ryan
Blair, Ryan Walterhoefer and Michael Burns each found the back of the net.
Penalties plagued the Blue Devils, and Tom Sciolla's extra man goal -- North
Carolina's third such tally of the day -- at the 14:21 mark of the second
quarter pushed the Tar Heel advantage to 6-0. Duke finally got on the
scoreboard with 11:50 left in the period when Matt Danowski scored an
unassisted goal.

Ryan Walterhoefer's unassisted goal at the 9:15 mark made the score 7-1 in
favor of the Tar Heels, but Duke climbed closer when Dan Flannery and Matt
Zash scored prior to halftime to send the teams into intermission with North
Carolina ahead, 7-3.

The first minute of the third quarter proved pivotal for both squads. North
Carolina secured the face-off to begin the second half, but Blue Devil
goalkeeper Dan Loftus scooped up a loose ball in front of the net to trigger
a fast break, which ended when Flannery scored off a feed from Zash at the
14:42 mark. On the ensuing draw, Duke's Brad Ross picked up the grounder,
darted to the cage and beat North Carolina goalie Lance Zimmerman with a
shot to pull the Blue Devils within 7-5 with 14:36 left in the quarter.
Duke then scored its third goal in a 45-second span when Kyle Dowd rifled in
a goal from the left side to make the score 7-6 at the 13:57 mark.

Just under four minutes later, Flannery scored the equalizing goal on a pass
from Danowski. The two teams would then go more than 13 minutes without
scoring, and Dowd's unassisted goal with 11:16 remaining in the fourth
quarter gave Duke the lead for good. Danowski and Zack Greer would score
goals less than one minute apart midway through the period for a 10-7 lead.
Blair's goal from Bart Wagner at the 3:59 mark ended Duke's string of nine
consecutive goals to pull the Tar Heels within two at 10-8, but Greer's
second goal of the afternoon -- coming on a lengthy pass from Loftus -- with
two seconds on the clock accounted for the final margin.

Loftus continued his solid play in the Duke net, allowing eight goals while
making 12 saves. He spearheaded the Blue Devils' defensive effort that held
the Tar Heels without a goal for a span of 35:16. Defenseman Tony McDevitt
and long stick midfielder Nick O'Hara each were credited with five ground
balls. Flannery led the Duke offense with three goals and one assist while
Danowski had two goals and two assists.

For North Carolina, Blair registered a game-high five points on two goals
and three assists while Shane Walterhoefer won 14-of-20 face-offs and
secured eight ground balls. Zimmerman had eight saves while surrendering 11
goals in the Tar Heel net.

Duke earned one point in the battle for the Carlyle Cup, an all-sports
competition between the two schools. North Carolina now leads the race this
year by a 10-8 count. The Carlyle Cup is sponsored by Carlyle & Co., a
Greensboro-based jeweler.

The Blue Devils remain at home to take on Cornell on Tuesday at 3 p.m. while
the Tar Heels host Maryland next Saturday at 1 p.m.