Friday, April 26, 2013

NCAA Lacrosse in NC: Duke vs North Carolina in ACC semi-final action

The second-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels took on the third-seeded Duke Blue Devils in the second semifinal of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday.

Both teams will met for the 69th time overall and for the 13th time in the ACC Tournament.


Post-game recaps from and Durham Herald-Sun:


IL On the Scene: ACC Semis

Caroline Darney and Peter Koutroumpis were at the ACC Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., for Inside Lacrosse. Their…




North Carolina senior captain Marcus Holman scored the game-winning goal with 1:28 to play to beat Duke 18-17 in the semifinals of the ACC Men’s Lacross Tournament Friday night in front of 4,576 fans at Kenan Stadium. The win advanced the Tar Heels to Sunday’s ACC Tournament finals against Virginia.


Follow live blog details and news of Duke at North Carolina in ACC Tournament action at

Duke vs. North Carolina - In-game blog with Peter Koutroumpis

Additional thoughts and comments during the game @pksport


Game Notes:

The Tar Heels, ranked third nationally, are looking to avenge an 11-8 loss to the Blue Devils, ranked sixth nationally, back in mid-March at Fetzer Field.

Since then, both teams have gone on two of the best winning  streaks in the country as Duke is riding a nine-game unbeaten streak with the Tar Heels haven't lost in seven games, since losing to the Blue Devils.

Both teams top the ACC in numerous categories including goals per game (Duke - 13.53, UNC - 12.77), and assists per game (Duke -  8.07, UNC - 7.08), and each has players topping the league's scoring lists.

Duke's Jordan Wolf leads the ACC with 2.67 goals per game, followed closely behind by both North Carolina's Joey Sankey and Marcus Holman who have averaged 2.46 goals per game.

Holman leads the ACC tallying 4.77 points per game with Wolf sitting in close second with 3.93 points per game.

Bottom line, on paper both teams are sitting more or less even, which sets up for another great rival game in the Triangle as each team will battle for a place in the ACC Championship final game on Sunday.


Starting lineups will for tonight's game:


G - Kyle Turri
A - Josh Dionne, Case Matheis, Jordan Wolf
M - David Lawson, Jake Tripucka, Christian Walsh
D - Chris Hipps, Bill Conners, Henry Lobb


North Carolina

G - Kieran Burke
A - Marcus Holman, Joey Sankey, Jimmy Bitter
M - Davey Emala, Chad Tutton, Steve Pontrello
D - Jordan Smith, Kieran McDonald, Evan Connell

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