Duke Pulls off Overtime Win

Duke pulls off an overtime win,12-11. In a game that many viewed as an NCAA Championship preview, the #1 Duke Blue Devils (10-0) faced the challenge of the #2 University of North Carolina Tarheels (8-1) in Koskinen Stadium in Durham N.C. Mike Adler and Joe Robertson took center stage for Duke. Adler made 17 saves with 12 coming in the first half. The oddity is that Duke did not dent twine in the fourth quarter.

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In-Game Action

The first quarter was a “feel them out” event that ended in what would be a common remark in this game, even, at 2-2.
Long pole Matt Wright put the ‘Heels in front with 12:57 to play. Joe Robertson set up Michael Sowers (1g) to get it even.
The prolific Sowers was held to just one point. With 1:36 remaining, Nicky Solomon (2g) made it 2-1 UNC. Dyson Williams (2g) with just :03 to play, brought it to the 2-2 score.

It took Solomon all of eight seconds to notch his 18th. Jacob Kelly (1g) 2:38 to push the UNC advantage to 4-2. Sean Lowrie (1g) and Williams recording his 14th put it in a familiar place, knotted up, 4-4. The two-goal volley went back to UNC. Chris Gray (2g,1a) and Zac Tucci (1g) put it back to a two-goal ‘Heels lead. Joe Robertson (4g,3a) closed the half with Duke trailing, 6-5.

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The intensity picked up in the third with the teams combining for 10 goals. Justin Anderson (2g,1a) buried a Solomon feed on the man advantage and Tanner Cook (2g) 1:45 later to make it an 8-5 edge. Brennan O’Neill (2g)scored a pair thirty seconds apart and Duke found itself trailing by a single marker, 8-7.

Cook picked up his 18th but Duke had an answer with  Robertson getting his 28th and Owen Caputo getting his first of two on the day and once again, tie the game, 9-9. Chris Gray and Caputo exchanged tallies and Robertson with just :07 left, ended the gun-slinging third with Duke holding the 11-10 lead.

Dis and Dat

The offense for both clubs went stagnant and only Justin Anderson could find rope in the fourth and what better way for these teams to end things? Overtime. With :47 left in the extra session, Robertson wormed his way thru the UNC defense and fired a rocket that caught the crossbar before getting behind netminder, Collin Krieg to keep the unbeaten Duke season alive.

“It was nuts,” said Adler. “That’s probably the one word I would describe it as. But it was so fun. I think everybody had an absolute blast. [UNC] is a great team, but we ended up getting the last shot, and Joe Rob, who is everything the program embodies, scored. It was awesome to see him score.”

Shots on goal were 51-46 Duke and The Devils fired more on goal, 26-23. UNC only had 13 turnovers to Duke’s 16 with Duke also having the edge in ground balls, 38-34. Collin Krieg went 63:13 and stopped 14 Duke shots but was overshadowed by Mike Adler. Duke pulls off an overtime win.

“[UNC] had a great game plan and their players are terrific,” said head coach John Danowski. “It’s an honor to be a part of this. I thought our guys were aggressive and played hard. Both teams played hard for the whole 63 minutes and we just were fortunate enough to make a play there in the end. We easily could have lost as well.”

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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