Duke eliminates UNC in men's LAX tourney

Posted May 22, 2010

Duke at UNC

— Zach Howell scored four goals and fifth-seeded Duke dominated ACC rival North Carolina on Saturday, reaching its fourth straight national semifinal with a 17-9 victory over the Tar Heels.

The Blue Devils (14-4) scored seven goals in the first quarter and never trailed for the final 55 minutes to improve to 4-0 against North Carolina in the NCAA tournament. They'll take on top-seeded Virginia or No. 8 seed Stony Brook at the Final Four next weekend.

"Just a terrific game by Duke," North Carolina coach Joe Breschi said. "They played with a sense of urgency that we didn't match. Over the first 10 games I think we were one of the top defenses out there, but the last five games we gave up double digits, so that is something we will have to revisit and improve upon for years to come."

Ned Crotty and Maz Quinzani scored three goals each for Duke, which has won 12 of the last 13 meetings with North Carolina (13-3). Crotty also had three assists. of the last 13 meetings against North Carolina (13-3). Crotty also had three assists.

"Any time you are in the NCAA tournament, it's a huge deal," Crotty said. "Getting to the quarterfinals is a huge deal, but then you know the fact that it's North Carolina and it definitely adds something that no other opponent can add. It's obviously a huge rivalry and that was definitely motivation for us this past week."

After the Tar Heels scored on five of their first six shots against starting goalie Mike Rock, Duke coach John Danowski turned to freshman Dan Wigrizer with 3:21 to go in the second quarter and North Carolina scored only four times the rest of the game.

Jimmy Dunster led the Tar Heels, who were out-shot 35-29, with four goals.

"Sometimes in the tradition of our sport, it's like you can't switch goalies, just like you can't switch quarterbacks in football," Danowski said. "Why not? We've got two guys we can win with and be successful with."

Duke began the season with three losses in its first five games, including a 13-7 setback at home to North Carolina on March 10 to halt an 11-game win streak against its rival.

"It took some time to get our legs under us and congeal as an offense," Quinzani said. "Now, we're not just waiting to take a good shot. We're waiting to take the best shot."


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 May 24, 2010

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    haha! I know what you mean, brother!

  • Rdi73162 May 23, 2010

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    the only lax i care about is when i need one lol

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 May 23, 2010

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    I was just poking you guys with a stick, since it was Duke that won.

    You're right, though. Who really gives a carap about lax anyway?

  • Rdi73162 May 23, 2010

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    you have got to be kidding me :)

  • You have got to be kidding me May 23, 2010

    Lacrosse is the next big US collegiate sport. It's fast and not unlike basketball in many respects. Obviously, Duke is positioned as one of the greats.

  • Rdi73162 May 23, 2010

    ^^ fail

  • pdduke85 May 23, 2010

    Praying an NIT for lacrosse has beens can be set up pronto to extend the season for our buddies at Chapel Hill Community College

  • Rdi73162 May 23, 2010

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    or womens tennis :)

  • Rdi73162 May 23, 2010

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    ummm why?

    yes, i`d have liked for carolina to win, but tomm, neither duke nor carolina fans will even care about this one.

  • bigfella May 23, 2010

    Jackie - I guess since Dook finally wins a title in basketball in the " present" you can run your mouth, but guess we never heard from you the last few years, huh? And if you are an NC State fan - heck they've never won anything.




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