North Carolina vs. Duke
April 22, 2012
|Joey Sankey||(1, 3)|
|Jimmy Bitter||(2, 1)|
|Chad Tutton||(3, 0)|
|Marcus Holman||(1, 2)|
|Greg Mcbride||(1, 1)|
|Mark Mcneill||(1, 0)|
|Thomas Wood||(0, 1)|
|Steven Rastivo||11 (0.478)|
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|Christian Walsh||(4, 2)|
|Jordan Wolf||(2, 2)|
|Jake Tripucka||(2, 1)|
|Stephen Coyle||(1, 1)|
|Robert Rotanz||(2, 0)|
|Justin Turri||(1, 0)|
|Dan Wigrizer||5 (0.357)|
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|The Game Story:|
|CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - The North Carolina men's lacrosse team fell short in its first bid for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship since 1996 as the ninth-ranked Tar Heels lost to seventh-ranked Duke 12-9 Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 1,956 fans at Klockner Stadium.|
Duke's Christian Walsh was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after he scored four goals and added two assists in the championship game. North Carolina lost for the first time all season when leading at halftime as Duke outscored the Tar Heels 5-0 in the first 10:40 of the second half to go ahead 7-4. The Tar Heels twice cut the Duke lead to a single goal after that but were unable to get the equalizer.
Duke, the tournament's No. 1 seed, has now won 10 games in a row and improved to 13-3 on the season. Carolina, the No. 3 seed, fell to 10-5 with the loss.
Chad Tutton of UNC led the Tar Heels with three goals while Jimmy Bitter had a pair of goals and an assist. Joey Sankey was the tournament's leading scorer after he totaled four points on Sunday. He had nine points for the tournament and had one goal and three assists Sunday. Greg McBride had a goal and an assist for UNC while Marcus Holman had a goal and two assists.
Besides Walsh, Duke was led by Jordan Wolf with two goals and two assists while Jake Tripucka had two goals and an assist, Robert Rotanz had two goals and Stephen Coyle had a goal and an assist.
The All-Tournament Team included Christian Walsh, C.J. Costabile, Josh Dionne, Will Haus and Dan Wigrizer of Duke as well as Steele Stanwick of Virginia. UNC players on the All-Tournament Team were Jimmy Bitter, Marcus Holman, R.G. Keenan, Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton.
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Duke outshot the Tar Heels 43-40 while UNC had a 39-36 edge in ground balls. R.G. Keenan dominated the face-off circle for UNC, winning 17 of 25 face-offs. The 17 face-off wins were two shy of his career high of 19. His 11 ground balls in the game were one short of his career high. Tutton matched his career high with three goals and he had a career high five ground balls in the game.
C.J. Costabile went 8 for 24 in the face-off circle for Duke and he led the Blue Devils with eight ground balls. Duke protected the ball better on the afternoon with only nine turnovers as compared to 13 for Carolina. UNC had four failed clears in the game and Duke had two.
Dan Wigrizer had five saves for the Blue Devils while Steven Rastivo ended with 11 for Carolina. He kept the Tar Heels in the game through the first three quarters with 10 saves but Duke got higher percentage shots in the final period and scored five goals on six shots on goal.
The Blue Devils got off to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Stephen Coyle and Walsh before the Tar Heels tied it before the end of the first quarter with tallies by Tutton and Bitter. Second quarter goals by Mark McNeill, his first since the season opener against Penn State, and Holman had the Tar Heels up at the half 4-2.
Duke went on its scoring run in the opening 10 minutes of the second half as Walsh scored three of the goals and assisted on the other two. His unassisted goal with 4:20 to play put Duke up 7-4.
Carolina would fight back twice to cut the lead to a single goal. Chad Tutton scored off an assist by Jimmy Bitter with 9:29 to play to cut the lead to 8-7. After Robert Rotanz scored for Duke, Tutton answered with a man-up goal for Carolina with 7:19 to play to cut the Blue Devils' lead to 9-8.
The Tar Heels got the ball back but Duke forced a turnover. The Blue Devils then got back-to-back goals by Jake Tripucka with 4:20 and 2:51 to play and the Tar Heels were unable to overcome the 11-8 advantage.
The appearance in the ACC championship game was only the second for UNC since 1996. Carolina also made the title game in Chapel Hill in 2009, falling to Duke 15-13 on that occasion.
UNC will have 13 days off before hosting Michigan on Fetzer Field on May 5 at 7 p.m. That will be Senior Night for 10 UNC seniors -- Mark Staines, Charlie McComas, Milton Lyles, Jimmy Dunster, Matt Holman, Tyler Morton, Logan Corey, Thomas Wood, Gray Smith and Jack McBride.