RICHMOND, Va. – Facing third-ranked North Carolina for the second time in week, the Blue Devils were unable to produce a different result, falling to the Tar Heels by an 18-6 margin in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Thursday at Sports Backers Stadium.
Duke concluded the season at 8-9, while North Carolina improved to 14-2 and advanced to Friday's semifinals.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 3-0 advantage to open the contest behind two tallies from Carly Reed and would go on to add two more before senior midfielder Kitty Morrissey responded with her sixth goal of the season. Morrissey netted a second score less just minutes later, finishing on an Olivia Jenner assist following a Maura Schwitter caused turnover on the other end.
North Carolina countered with three straight goals to push the margin to six at 8-2 with 13 minutes remaining in the half. The Blue Devils subbed sophomore Jamie Lockwood in at goalkeeper but the Tar Heels tacked on additional markers by Sydney Holman, Sammy Jo Tracy and Reed for an 11-2 lead.
Freshman midfielder Catherine Cordrey notched her team-leading 13th free position goal of the season at the 8:05 mark but two more North Carolina tallies made it a 13-3 contest at halftime.
Duke opened the second period with three saves by freshman goalkeeper Gabbe Cadoux and senior Hayley Shaffer converted on a free position opportunity at the other end. The Blue Devils generated a couple more looks at the cage before the Tar Heels put the deficit back at 10.
The teams then swapped tallies, with Schwitter recording the fourth goal of her career on a free position attempt and freshman midfielder Lindsey Reynolds logging the first of her career a short while later. North Carolina sealed the contest with a final marker inside the final four minutes.
On the afternoon, the Tar Heels featured 11 different goal scorers, with Reed posting four markers and Holman three. North Carolina held a 41-25 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle, 18-7.
Duke led in draw controls, 15-11, behind nine by Jenner. Cadoux finished with nine saves and Lockwood five after sharing time in the net, while Schwitter paced the defense with three caused turnovers.