North Carolina vs. Duke
March 19, 2003
The Game Story:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 13 North Carolina men's lacrosse team earned its third win in a row, leading virtually the entire game in whipping No. 8 Duke 14-9 before 574 rain drenched fans at Fetzer Field.

Eight different Tar Heels scored goals in the game as the Tar Heels took the lead with 6:50 left in the first quarter and never relinquished the advantage. Sophomore attackman Jed Prossner equaled his career high for points in a game as he recorded six on four goals and two assists. Sophomore attackman Mike McCall had three goals for UNC and freshman attackman Scott Falatach had two goals. Sophomore midfielder Bryant Will added a goal and two assists.

The Blue Devils (6-2, ACC 0-2) were led by sophomore attackman Matt Rewkowski and senior midfielder Kevin Brennan with two goals and two assists each. Kevin Cassese, senior middie, had two goals for the Blue Devils.

After an early goal by Dan Flannery for Duke, North Carolina (4-2, ACC 1-0) ran off three in a row for a 3-1 lead with 4:01 left in the first quarter. Freshmen accounted for the first two goals as midfielder Andrew McElduff scored the first of his quarter followed by a goal from attackman Ryan Blair. Prossner deposited his first goal at 4:01 and it was matched by Rewkowski to end the quarter at 3-2 Carolina.

The second quarter started with back to back goals for UNC as senior midfielder Austin Garrison and Prossner put the Heels up 5-2 at 7:17 of the second quarter. Rewkowski added with his second for the Blue Devils and McCall and Bryant Will scored back to backers for UNC. Cassese ended the half with his first of two with 14 seconds left and the Heels left the field up by three.

Right off the opening faceoff of the third quarter Garrison found Prossner for a quick goal 14 seconds in to push the lead back to four but Duke was up to the task and a Matt Zash goal with 13:21 to play and a Dan Doty goal with 12:35 to play got the Devils right back in the thick of things at 8-6.

But after 11 plus scoreless minutes Carolina exploded with three goals in the final minute of the third period. At 59 seconds it was extra-man from Kyle Bell. At 34 seconds it was McCall from Prossner. At six seconds Falatach circled around the defense to a point blank effort out front.

The teams each got three goals in the final period. McCall went behind the back from Steven Will at 13:31 and just 49 seconds later it was Prossner for No. 4 of the match via a Bell feed. Duke broke a 21 plus minute scoring drought as Brennan was fed by Mack Hardaker with 5:56 to play. Falatach scored into a empty net with 3:26 left and then Brennan had an extra-man tally and Cassese a goal 23 seconds later at 1:47 to finish the scoring.

Duke went two men down in the final minute but the Heels never went into extra-man and just killed the clock in the box.

For Carolina it was the most goals against an ACC team since a 17-16 double overtime loss to Virginia in the 2000 ACC Tournament semifinals. It was also Carolina's third win in the last seven ACC games after the Tar Heels had gone 1-19 in the previous 20 contests against league opponents.

Carolina hits the road for Saturday's match against No. 2 ranked and undefeated Maryland in College Park, Md. at 1 p.m. The Blue Devils are also back into the thick of the competition on Sunday at tough foe Georgetown.