March 28, 2013

No. 3 UNC Beats No. 6 Duke in OT Thriller

from staff reports

Kara Canizzaro scored four goals, including the OT winner, as North Carolina edged Duke to win its 10th straight game.
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DURHAM, N.C. — Kara Canizzaro scored four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead No. 3 North Carolina to a 12-11 overtime win over No. 6 Duke in women's lacrosse action at Koskinen Stadium on Thursday night.

With the win, the third-ranked Tar Heels won their 10th game in a row and improved to 10-1, 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season. Duke falls to 9-2, 2-2 ACC. Carolina has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series, including two of the last three meetings in Durham.

Canizzaro scored the game-winning goal with 3:30 to go in the extra period. Carolina goalkeeper Lauren Maksym made a big save with 11 seconds to play in overtime and Brittney Coppa drew a charging foul with two seconds left to preserve the victory.

Cannizzaro had four goals, two ground balls and three caused turnovers in a fine all-around game, though she did take 12 shots. Coppa had two goals and an assist for Carolina, adding two ground balls and three draw controls.

Freshman Sammy Jo Tracy scored twice, and Taylor George, Aly Messinger, Jessica Griffin and Devin Markison each scored once. Abbey Friend dished out two assists.

For Duke, Makenzie Hommel scored four goals on six shots. Kerrin Maurer tallied two goals and an assist and Maddy Morrissey and Taylor Trimble both scored twice. Kelci Smesko had a goal and an assist and Brigid Smith added one assist.

It was a game of runs, with Duke jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of action, only to see Carolina score four in a row to take a 5-4 lead. After UNC took a 7-5 lead in the first four minutes of the second half, Duke scored four in a row to take a 9-7 advantage. The Tar Heels then posted a 4-0 run of their own to take an 11-9 lead with 11:27 to play.

Coppa opened the scoring just 1:05 into the game with an unassisted goal, driving from the top of the arc for a 1-0 lead at 28:55. Duke the put together a 4-0 run to take a 4-1 lead. The Blue Devils tied it just over a minute after Coppa's goal on an unassisted score by Hommel, then Morrissey gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead with a goal at 26:29. Maurer's goal, off a pass from Smith, put Duke up 3-1 at the 25:38 mark. Hommel's second goal came at 20:38 and made it 4-1.

Cannizzaro broke the Duke run with an unassisted goal after a foul just outside of the eight-meter arc, making it 4-2 Duke at the 17:54 mark of the first half. George scored Carolina's second consecutive goal at 14:22, wrapping around the cage from the right side and poking it in the net to make it 4-3 Duke. Coppa scored her second unassisted goal at 13:56 to tie it at 4-all. Markison gave the Tar Heels the lead once again with UNC's fourth goal in a row, this one off a pass from Friend at 11:56 to make it 5-4.

Hommel's third goal of the night stopped the Tar Heel run with 1:59 to go until halftime, knotting the score at 5-all. That score held until halftime. In the opening half, UNC out-shot Duke 13-10, had five ground balls to Duke's three and controlled seven draws to Duke's four.

In the second half, Tracy picked up a rebound in front of the net and was fouled, leading to her free position goal at 29:32 that put Carolina ahead 6-5. Messinger made it 7-5 by wrapping around the cage, faking and scoring from point-blank range with 26:04 to go.

Morrissey scored her second goal of the night on a free position try with 23:56 to cut the Tar Heel advantage to 7-6. Maurer's second goal of the game came just 26 seconds later after Duke won the ensuing draw, tying it at 7-all. Duke's third straight goal came from Trimble off a pass from Maurer and put Duke ahead 8-7 at the 22:01 mark. The Blue Devils got their fourth goal in a row, Hommel's fourth of the night, at 19:15 to take a 9-7 lead.

Cannizzaro took a pass from Friend and scored with 18:17 left to stop the 4-0 Duke run and pull Carolina within one goal at 9-8. Griffin scored unassisted on a drive from the top of the arc with 17:34 left to tie the score at 9-all. Cannizzaro made a nifty, stop-and-go fake and scored with 14:38 to go, putting UNC ahead 10-9. Tracy's second goal of the night was a man-up goal with 11:27 left that put Carolina ahead 11-9 and forced a Duke timeout.

The Blue Devils responded with a goal by Smesko to stop the 4-0 Tar Heel run and cut the UNC lead to 11-10 with 10:41 to go. Not quite three minutes later, Smesko passed to Trimble off a free position try for a goal to tie it up at 11-all.

After Emily Garrity caused a turnover with 2:05 left as Duke tried to clear the ball, UNC called timeout to set up the last shot. Duke forced Cannizzaro to give up the ball, however, and Friend's last-second shot was saved, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra time, Cannizzaro's fourth goal put UNC ahead 12-11 at the 3:30 mark of overtime. Following the break to switch ends of the field, Carolina won the draw and slowed the tempo to protect its lead as the clock ran.

An errant Tar Heel pass gave Duke the ball with 50 seconds left led to a Duke timeout with 30 seconds to go with the ball in the UNC end of the field. After the timeout, Hommel drove and shot but Carolina's Maksym made the save with 11 seconds to play.

Duke had one more try, but Morrissey was called for a charging foul against Coppa with 0:02 to go, essentially ending the game.

Maksym (10-1) made six saves in the cage to pick up the victory for Carolina. Duke's Kelsey Duryea made 15 saves at the other end.

UNC outshot Duke, 33-19, and held a 13-7 advantage in ground balls. Carolina also dominated the draw, 18-9.

The Tar Heels will return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Virginia Tech.


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