#2 Duke drops one to #3 UNC, 15-12. A battle between two of the best took place in Chapel Hill in yet another NCAA classic. What boiled down to Chris Gray (3g, 4a) for the Tarheels and Michael Sowers (1 g,5a), for Duke. UNC propelled a 9goal run to get the best of the Blue Devils.
Jacob Kelly (1g,1a) and Henry Schwartinzer ( 2g) put The Heels in front, 2-0 with just 1:09 played. Owen Caputo (2g), Michael Sowers (1g, 5a), Sowers setting up Joe Robertson (2g) and the 18th from Caputo put Duke in front, 4-2 with William Perry (1g,1a) stopping the uprising and the quarter with a 4-2 Duke advantage.
The entire complexion of this one changed when the Tar Heels ran off a 7 goal second furnished by, Chris Gray (3g,4a), Gray setting up Justin Anderson (3g), the third and fourth of the season from Lance Tillman, another from Gray and with :45 left, Brian Cameron (1g) to end the half with UNC in front, 10-4. Anderson added his 20th at 13:49 to put the run to nine goals. Finally, after a 19-minute drought, Sowers found Dyson Williams (2g,2a) to close it to 11-5.
Brennan O’Neill (3g) at 10:08 cut it to an 11-6 game. Connor McCarthy (1g) pushed it to 12-6 and O’Neill, on the advantage, closed the quarter with Duke trailing, 12-7. 1:07 in Dyson Williams, off a Sowers feed, made it 12-8. Schwartzinger hit his 18th but was answered by Sowers playing assist man again when Garrett Lradmon (1g) pushed it to 13-9. Anderson and O’Neill countered each other that made it 14-10. Cole Herbert (1 g) and Dyson Williams exchanged markers before Joe Robertson hit for his 33rd to end the scoring and give UNC a 15-12 win.
By the Numbers
UNC had the edge in shots, 50-39, and shots on goal, 27-23. Turnovers had 13 for Duke and 11 for the Heels. #2 Duke drops one to #3 UNC, 15-12.