DURHAM, N.C. -- Max Quinzani scored a career-high six goals while Zack Greer's five-tally performance pushed him to the top of Duke's all-time goals scored chart as the top-ranked Blue Devils defeated third-ranked North Carolina, 19-9, on Saturday afternoon in front of 4,008 fans at Koskinen Stadium.
The Blue Devils improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the ACC while the Tar Heels fall to 5-1 overall and 0-1 in league play. Duke has now won seven consecutive and 11 of the past 14 meetings over the Tar Heels.
Duke's win gives the Blue Devils victories in 22 of their last 24 home games. Since the beginning of the 2005 season, Duke has 26 wins against eight defeats over nationally-ranked opponents along with a 14-2 record against ACC foes -- 4-2 vs. Maryland, 7-0 vs. North Carolina and 3-0 vs. Virginia.
Greer's five goals give him a school-record 161 in his career. He entered today's tilt ranked in a tie for the top spot on the Duke annuals with Dave Hagler and Peter Rubin.
Just over one minute into the contest, Ned Crotty gave Duke a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, Greer fed Quinzani for a score to push the advantage to 2-0. North Carolina got on the scoreboard when Bart Wagner found the back of the net with 7:13 on the clock before Matt Danowski ended the first period scoring with a goal from Steve Schoeffel with 5:32 remaining to give Duke a 3-1 lead.
The two squads traded goals by Crotty and Wagner to open the second quarter before the Blue Devils used a 6-0 run to claim a 10-2 advantage on Schoeffel's unassisted tally. In the spurt, Greer and Quinzani produced two goals each. The Tar Heels managed two markers in the final 1:39 of the quarter to trim the lead to 10-4 at halftime.
Duke stormed out of the lockerroom and scored the first four goals of the third period. Quinzani posted markers at the 8:04 and 7:45 marks before Greer registered a pair of extra man goals at the 5:01 and 2:00 marks to increase the margin to 10 goals at 14-4.
With 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Ben Hunt scored the second of his three goals, but Danowski responded with an unassisted tally of his own to make the score 15-5 heading into the final period.
Quinzani and Greer scored goals in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter to push Duke ahead, 17-5. North Carolina then outscored the Blue Devils by a 4-2 count in the final 10 minutes to account for the final margin.
A sophomore from Duxbury, Mass., Quinzani now leads the ACC in goals for the year with 22, posting three or more tallies in five straight contests.
Greer added three assists on the afternoon and paces the Blue Devils in total scoring with 35 points on 20 goals and 15 assists in 2008. The Blue Devils improve to 45-4 when Greer scores at least one goal and 32-0 when he logs three or more tallies. Saturday's performance marked the 11th time in Greer's career that the Whitby, Ontario, Canada native scored five or more goals.
Danowski contributed two goals and four assists and has amassed 41 points on 17 goals and 24 assists in eight career games against the Tar Heels. Now with 289 career points on 142 goals and 147 assists, Danowski ranks seventh on the NCAA's all-time scoring list and 16th on the national career assists chart.
Duke's starting attack unit of Danowski, Greer and Quinzani combined for 13 goals and seven assists.
In the Duke net, Dan Loftus pushed his career ledger to 31-6 as a starter by making a season-high 15 saves against just six goals allowed in 53:26 of action. His counterpart, North Carolina's Grant Zimmerman, carded 14 saves while surrendering 15 goals in 45:00 minutes in the Tar Heel cage.
Ben Hunt paced the Tar Heels with four points on three goals and one assist. Wagner finished the game with two goals while Billy Bitter handed out three assists. North Carolina won the battle at the X, securing 21-of-31 face-offs. Michael J. Burns won 12-of-18 draws while Shane Walterhoefer earned eight-of-12.
The Blue Devils remain at home to face Colgate on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels host Marist on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
With the win, Duke earned one point in the annual battle for the Carlyle Cup, an all-sports competition between Duke and North Carolina. The Tar Heels currently lead the race in 2007-08 by an 14-4 margin. This year, Duke has gained points in men's lacrosse (1), volleyball (1), men’s cross country (1) and men’s basketball (1), while North Carolina secured points from women’s cross country (1), women’s basketball (2), men’s basketball (1), football (2), women’s soccer (1), men’s swimming (1), women’s swimming (1), wrestling (1), fencing (1) and field hockey (1). The Carlyle Cup is sponsored by Carlyle & Co., a Greensboro-based jeweler, and fans can visit www.carlyleco.com for more information. Duke claimed the Cup in 2001, 2003 and 2004 while North Carolina earned the trophy in 2002, 2005 and 2006. The two schools tied for the Cup in 2007, with North Carolina retaining possession.