North Carolina vs. Duke
March 19, 2005
The Game Story:
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fifteenth-ranked North Carolina led for the first time since the opening quarter of the second game of the season but the Tar Heels were unable to hang on against No. 3-ranked Duke as the Blue Devils scored six straight goals in the second half to overcome UNC 12-10 in men's lacrosse action before 2,786 fans at Fetzer Field Saturday afternoon. Carolina led by as many as three goals in the first half but the Tar Heels were unable to hold the lead as for the fourth straight game North Carolina was unable to reward Head Coach John Haus with his 100th collegiate career coaching win.

Duke's Peter Lamade scored four goals while Matt Danowski had two goals and three assists as the Blue Devils outscored Carolina 8-4 in the second half, allowing the Devils to beat Carolina for the first time since the semifinals of the 2001 ACC Tournament. Duke is now 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the ACC and the Blue Devils will go for the league regular season championship in a few weeks when they host Virginia. Carolina fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the ACC. The Tar Heels must now get ready to host 12th-ranked Cornell Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field.

UNC wasted a pair of magnificent offensive performances by underclassmen as junior attackman Ryan Blair matched his career high for points in a match with six as Blair tallied three goals--equalling his career high in that category--while also adding three assists. Meanwhile, freshman midfielder Ryan Walterhoefer had the best game of his young career as he tallied three goals in the match.

Carolina led 2-0 in the first quarter on goals by Blair and Walterhoefer and increased it to 3-1 on Blair's second goal of the opening quarter with only seven seconds left. When Walterhoefer scored less than three minutes into the second quarter UNC led by a trio of goals but Duke got right back into the match on back-to-back goals by Lamade and Danowski. Carolina tallied two of the last three goals of the first half to lead 6-4 at the break.

Duke seized the momentum in the second half on consecutive goals by Lamade to tie the game 6-6. UNC answered with goals by Andrew McElduff and Mike McCall at 9:56 and 9:43 of the third period but the Tar Heels would not score again until 1:53 remained in the match. Meanwhile, after McCall's goal, Duke retied the game within only 21 seconds on goals by Danowski and Lamade. Eventually, an unassisted goal by Fred Krom with 3:53 left in the third quarter put Duke up for good in the match.

The Blue Devils scored the opening three goals of the fourth quarter to open up a 12-8 lead before a pair of late goals by Carolina cut the margin to 12-10.

UNC outshot Duke 35-28 and had a 27-25 edge in ground balls. Carolina won 16 faceoffs to 10 for Duke. But the Tar Heels had 11 turnovers while Duke committed only six.

Aaron Fenton finished the game with 10 saves for Duke while Paul Spellman had nine saves for North Carolina.

The win gave Duke a point in the 2004-05 Carlyle Cup all-sports trophy standings. UNC now lead the current year's Carlyle Cup race by a score of 11.5 points to 6.5 points.