Devils Trounce Tar Heels, 17-9

Devils Trounce Tar Heels, 17-9

Devils Trounce Tar Heels, 17-9

Devils Trounce Tar Heels, 17-9


Baltimore Bound: Duke Overpowers North Carolina

PRINCETON, N.J.-The No. 5 seed Duke University men's lacrosse team outscored fourth-seed North Carolina 5-1 in the fourth quarter to capture a 17-9 victory in front of 8,260 fans at Princeton Stadium this afternoon. The Blue Devils advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the fourth consecutive year and for the sixth time overall.

Senior attackman Ned Crotty led all scorers with three goals and three assists for six points, while junior attackman Zach Howell led all scorers with four goals and one assist. Completing the starting attack unit, senior Max Quinzani added three goals. The trio of Crotty, Quinzani and Howell combined for 10 of the game's 17 goals.  Senior midfielder Steve Schoeffel chipped in three points from two goals and an assist.

"I'm really proud of our guys today," head coach John Danowski said. "They came out and played hard. Ground balls are really important to us as a team and we did a great job of that, especially in the fourth quarter. I thought the guys worked hard today and am very happy that we came away with the win."

The win over the Tar Heels is the second consecutive in the NCAA Quarterfinals and third in the past four seasons for the Blue Devils. The two squads had met three times previously in the NCAA Tournament.

"Obviously it's a huge rivalry and we really respect them and they're a good team, but any time you get to end a huge rivalry's season, it's something you really look forward to," Crotty said. "That was definitely something of motivation for us this past week. We had a lot of things we were working on, but that was definitely something we were looking forward to and a challenge that we were ready to accept."

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with neither team leading by more than three goals. North Carolina (13-3) got on the board first 4:18 into the first stanza and the two squads traded goals over the next 10 minutes to finish in a 2-2 tie after 15 minutes.

Scoring picked up in the second quarter as the two squads combined for 10 goals. Schoeffel put the Blue Devils in front for the first time of the day with an unassisted tally 51 seconds into the frame. Quinzani added his first goal of the game 59 seconds later to make it 4-2, the largest lead of the game at that point.

After a Jimmy Dunster goal pulled the Tar Heels within one, the Blue Devils put together a three-goal run over the next 1:31 to take a 7-3 lead with 5:45 left in the quarter.  Howell netted the first two scores in the run and senior Will McKee added the third to give Duke the four-goal advantage. Will McKee finished the day with one goal and one assist.

North Carolina battled right back with two unanswered in a 1:14 span, getting markers from Billy Bitter and Dunster, but Crotty and sophomore Justin Turri matched their Tar Heel foes with a pair of unassisted scores 21 seconds apart to put Duke back up by four, 9-5.

After a timeout from Duke with eight ticks left in the first half, North Carolina's Dunster tallied his career-best fourth goal of the game with 1.6 seconds left to cut Duke's lead to three, 9-6, heading into the locker room.

The scoring pace slowed back down in the third quarter as the two squads traded goals throughout the 15-minute session.  With Duke leading 11-7 early in the third frame, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels went through a 10-minute scoreless stretch.

North Carolina's Thomas Wood stopped the drought with a goal with 2:50 on the clock. The Blue Devils, however, halted the Tar Heel momentum 11 seconds later when sophomore longstick midfielder CJ Costabile netted his first goal of the season to stretch the lead back to four with one quarter to play.

The fourth quarter was all Duke as the Tar Heels struggled to get their offense going against the Blue Devils' stalwart defense. Quinzani added two more goals in a 59 second span and Duke tacked on three more to cruise to the eight-goal win.

Defensively, Duke held North Carolina to just three goals in the second half, including just one in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels managed just four shots in the final stanza and only 12 in the second half. Perhaps most telling was the faceoff game in the fourth quarter as Duke won five-of-six restarts to put the second half total to 8-of-12.

In goal, freshman Dan Wigrizer earned the win and made three saves in 27-minutes of action. Junior Mike Rock earned the start, making one save in 26-minutes of action.

"Sometimes in the tradition of our sport, it's like you can't switch goalies," Danowski said. "You can't switch quarterbacks in football. You know, why not? We've got two guys that we think we can win with and be successful. Actually, we think we have four. We've gotten [Devon] Sherwood in there and that has worked out as well. It's just a matter of playing in front of them and playing with them and how we're playing defensively."

Overall, Duke outshot the Tar Heels 35-29 and won the ground ball battle 30-24. Senior Sam Payton won 8-of-14 faceoffs, while Costabile was 7-of-9 on the restarts. Costabile led all Blue Devils with six ground balls with Payton and senior Parker McKee both picking up four apiece.

Duke will play the winner of the Virginia-Stony Brook contest to be played on May 23. The NCAA Semifinals will be held in Baltimore on May 29 and May 31 and M&T Bank Stadium.

Notes: Max Quinzani stretched his NCAA-record scoring streak to 64 games and netted his 14 game with at least three goals this season ... Duke improves to 18-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, 6-5 in the quarterfinals and 4-0 against North Carolina ... With three goals Max Quinzani moves to 195 career goals, which ranks second all-time in both Duke and NCAA career history ... His single-season total of 64 is third all-time and just three shy of tying Zack Greer's Duke single-season mark of 67 ... The 64 goals this season is eight in NCAA single-season history ... Ned Crotty registered his  60th assist this season to move to 12th in NCAA single season history ... Crotty has 144 career assists, which ranks second all-time at Duke and 19th in NCAA career history ... Head Coach John Danowski is now 13-11 in his career in NCAA Tournament history and 9-3 at Duke ... Danowski has led the Blue Devils to the NCAA Semifinals in each of his four seasons.  

Photos by Zach Babo.

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    by (#143077) on 5/22/10 @11:27PM
crotty was absurd
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    by (#167078) on 5/23/10 @12:32AM
tough day for the keeps... all four of them..
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Lots of ? that UNC needs to answer
    by (#108912) on 5/23/10 @1:04AM
After this game there are a ton of questions UNC needs to answer. Biggest ones being, is Chris Madalon really the keeper we need to be going to and why did our defense play like garbage, not just in this game but throughout the end of this season.

The defense looked totally lost throughout the game, there was absolutely zero communication and there were several goals where Duke players just walked up to the front of the cage untouched and put the ball in the back of the net. Slides if they came at all were lazy and slow and lacking any real effectiveness.

Chris Madalon forgot how to play goalie all together. Out of his 6 stops 4 of them were out of dumb luck or due to poor Duke shot placement. Is there honestly no one else on the Carolina roster that couldn't have done a better job??? Its not just this game but the games against Delaware, Robert Morris and OSU. Some of this can probably get laid on the defense, but when you look at how there is little to no communication on defense you have to look at the goalie and wonder.

Then there is our Wunderkind Billy Bitter. Ever since he got hit by Malphrus (be it illegally) he has been playing scared. He wont drive to the cage like he used to. Sure teams have been trying extra hard to shut him off, but there were several times in this game that he could have driven to the goal harder, beaten his man and scored. Billy looks like he is just scared of getting popped again, which is a fear he will have to get over if UNC is going to make it to the Final Four next year.

The team as a whole, especially on the defensive end looked like they didnt really care all that much and they were easily rattled by Duke. I was shocked at how much Flanagan struggled against Crotty. Honestly he looked very rattled and made several stupid mistakes that I'm sure he wishes he could have back now.

I really hope that UNC can come out with a more solid showing next season, especially when it matters in the post-season. We have the talent but for some reason it doesnt seem to be clicking right now.
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    by (#232972) on 5/23/10 @10:55AM
i think NC is gonna do great next year(if not better than his year) steve rastivo will most likely be playing keep unless he gets beat out by the all american goalie out of richmond virginia coming to UNC. Along with that very few seniors will be gone(compared to most teams) with nearly twice as many all americans coming in(8 underarmour all americans coming to UNC including the #1 recruit Nick Galasso)
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    by (#225144) on 5/23/10 @2:26AM
this is the worst ive seen bitter play since hes emerged last year. hes playing really timmid and afraid ever since Bray hit him(im a hardcore UVA fan). when he shoots, you can see him kinda drifting out because hes afraid of getting hit again. all this praise kessenich is giving him is absolutley retarted. he WAS the best attack in the nation, not anymore. his performance in the past 4 games shows that all it takes is one hit to change how you play forever. he played scared this game, and it really hurt carolinas offense.thank god for midfield production, because if it wasnt for dunster the score would have been 17-5.

The other thing that pissed me off about carolina was of how shitty(sorry mods, theres no other word to describe it lol)they were playing defense. they just fell apart. duke is a scoring machine, but in march they held my dear UVA to only 7 goals when they average 16 a game.dukes average has shot up recently because they have soo much momentum. but flanagan as the leader of UNC's defense really had a crappy game. unnecessary penalties like that high frustration hit on quinzani really show you how lazy the UNC defense has become. they have been allowing alot more goals than normal, for example, the game against delaware. delaware ran up 13, and that was WITHOUT curtis dickson. if he wasnt shut off, the tarheels would have lost 20 -14. the problem with UNC as a whole is that they only play hard when they know they have to. if you want to win games, you play hard all the time, the whole game. i dont care if they got matched up on a team like wagner. UNC will have an interesting season next year.
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    by (#242690) on 5/23/10 @9:34AM
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    by (#90651) on 5/25/10 @9:17PM
They implied he was playing with some sort of serious injury. Did they elaborate after the game? Great player..but man alive - teams just wait to slide on him, especially when Delaney was gone.

I have watched UVA play quite a bit this year, and they do quite a bit of 'high frustration' hitting themselves.
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    by (#225601) on 5/23/10 @2:19PM
I had North Carolina going all the way in my roster. And north carolina needed to play harder. They are playing as though it is their regular season, not the play- offs
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    by (#118585) on 5/23/10 @3:47PM
No updates on any of the scores this weekend? I had some places I had to be this weekend, needed my lacrosse fix, and wanted to see the scores. Went to on my phone, clicked on "scores" and nothing was there...had to go else where.

Not like you guys
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sorry UNC
    by (#222998) on 5/23/10 @7:29PM
in my opinion, this year wasn't their best year to win it. Bitter needs some time to really gain his confidence in shooting again, because he is downright terrified to dodge to the net and score. Better luck next year.
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    by (#247639) on 5/24/10 @12:09AM
I know this is very irrelevant, and kinda lame, but the Carolina Pro7's are ill.
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Not irrelevant or lame
    by (#91657) on 5/24/10 @10:10AM
Those were the sickest helmets I've ever seen. Most relevant thing of the game were the helmets.
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    by (#224361) on 5/24/10 @5:56PM
those helmets were the best part about unc today
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    by (#186137) on 5/24/10 @9:13AM
I think Bitter is an excellent player, but ACC player of the year? every single acc team had a player scoring more points than bitter, including his own team. In his defense, he did miss a game or two. And I understand its not all about points but where was he this game? He was nonexistant. I think the ACC POY decision was more based on what he accomplished last year.
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    by (#90651) on 5/25/10 @9:23PM
Agreed. I think people are excited that UNC is 'back' but I can think of 5-6 players on UVA and Duke that were as deserving, if not more.

And on a similar note, Ken Clausen, as a Tewaarton finalist? Not seeing it..
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    by (#150575) on 5/26/10 @3:36AM
The Man!
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