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Tar Heels Upend Duke in ACC Lacrosse Clash
Friday 03/10/2010  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.-North Carolina outscored Duke 7-1 in the final 18:38 of the contest to capture a 13-7 victory in ACC men's lacrosse action this evening at Koskinen Stadium. Thomas Wood led the fourth-ranked Tar Heels with five goals and an assist in the victory over the No. 10 Blue Devils.

North Carolina (6-0, 1-0 ACC) captured its first win over Duke since March 20, 2004, breaking an 11-game losing streak against the Blue Devils. The victory also gives North Carolina a single point in the Carlyle Cup, pushing the Tar Heel advantage to 11-5.5.

Max Quinzani led the Blue Devils with three scores, pushing his scoring streak to 51 games. Rookie Josh Offit added two goals off the bench.

The Tar Heels registered the game's first three goals from three different players to garner a 3-0 lead after the first 15 minutes.

Quinzani put Duke (2-3, 0-2 ACC) on the scoreboard 5:47 into the second quarter before Billy Bitter gave North Carolina the three-goal lead again at the 6:01 mark of the frame. The Blue Devils bounced back with a pair of unanswered tallies to make it 4-3, but a goal from Sean DeLaney gave the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead at the break.

Coming out of the locker room, North Carolina stretched its advantage to three goals before the Blue Devils came roaring back with three unanswered to tie the game at six with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Offit sparked the run with two goals in 2:44 span. The rookie attackman started the spurt with a nice finish off a Stephen Coyle pass and struck again just over two minutes later with a laser to the top left corner of the net.

A penalty on the Blue Devils put North Carolina on the man-advantage late in the third quarter and the Tar Heels capitalized with a goal from Marcus Holman to give them the lead for good.

North Carolina added three more scores in the final 2:20, including a strike from Bitter in the final second of the quarter for a 10-6 lead after three stanzas. Bitter finished with four goals and two assists.

Duke's Justin Turri pulled the Blue Devils within three in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, but the stifling North Carolina defense kept Duke at bay for the final 13 minutes to come away with the six-goal win.

In goal, Duke freshman Dan Wigrizer had eight stops, while Chris Madalon made seven saves for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina held a 33-24 advantage in shots. Both squads picked up 31 ground balls, nine of which found the stick of Duke's Parker McKee. The Blue Devils held a slight advantage in faceoffs, going 10-of-18, and picked up 10 penalties on the evening with North Carolina capitalizing on 4-of-7 extra man opportunities.

Duke returns to action on March 13 at No. 9 Loyola at 3 p.m.

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