CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—North Carolina freshman goaltender Caton Johnson made 21 saves and the Tar Heels held fifth-ranked Duke scoreless in the fourth quarter to upend the Blue Devils 10-8 in ACC men’s lacrosse action at Fetzer Field Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 8-6 late in the third quarter, North Carolina (7-3, 1-0) scored the game’s final four goals to pick up the win in its 2019 ACC opener. The Blue Devils fall to 8-3 overall and 0-2 against conference foes.
The Tar Heels got off to a quick start with a pair of goals 2:17 into the game and extended the lead to three, 5-2, early in the second quarter. Joey Manown and Jake Seau were the goal scorers for the Blue Devils in the first quarter, while rookie Garrett Leadmon tacked on the lone Duke tally in the second period to send the Blue Devils into halftime down 5-3.
Nicky Solomon stretched the North Carolina lead back to three just 23 seconds into the third quarter before the Blue Devils caught fire with a 5-0 run for the 8-6 advantage with 2:50 remaining in the third stanza.
Reilly Walsh sparked the run with an extra-man goal and Kevin Quigley made it a one-goal contest three minutes later. Sophomore Nakeie Montgomery took over in the next five minutes, firing in three consecutive goals to give the Blue Devils the 8-6 lead in the final minutes of the third quarter.
North Carolina, like it had done all afternoon, answered 1:21 later to tie it 8-7 and then added two more goals in the final 15 seconds to race back in front 9-8 after three periods. Brian Cameron notched the Tar Heel goal with 15 seconds left and then Ryan O’Connell won the ensuing faceoff and found Andy Matthews on the doorstep.
In the fourth quarter, Johnson was outstanding in making nine saves to keep Duke off the scoreboard. Justin Anderson scored for the Tar Heels with 3:50 to help solidify the win.
Montgomery led Duke in scoring with three goals, while Joe Robertson dished out two assists. In goal, Turner Uppgren made a career-best 15 saves. The 15 stops are the most by a Duke goaltender since Danny Fowler had 17 on May 1, 2016.
Duke returns home to host Notre Dame next Saturday, April 6. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium on ESPNU.