Sunday, April 22, 2012

ACC LAX: Just Like Basketball, It’s Duke vs. Carolina

JUSTIN TURRI (TJ Root/GoDuke.com)
With a small field of just four teams, any ACC Lacrosse Tournament Championship game features two opponents very familiar with one another, but no two more so than the neighbors from Durham and Chapel Hill.

Duke survived Maryland 6-5 in the first semi-final and North Carolina defeated Virginia 11-9 to pit the two rivals agains one another in the 3 p.m. championship game. (ESPNU, ESPN3).

In a game that was amazingly close in almost every statistical category possible, the top-seed Duke Blue the fourth-seeded Terps finished with 31 shots on goal and the teams were separated by only one ground ball as Duke finished with 27 and Maryland 26. The 11 goals scored by the two teams was the lowest combined scoring game in ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship history. 

In a closely-contested game that featured multiple lead changes, North Carolina outlasted the Wahoos 11-9  as All-ACC attackman Marcus Holman scored three goals and freshman Joey Sankey added five points with two goals and three assists for the Tar Heels.  

Virginia’s Steele Stanwick contributed 7 points in the losing cause to become Virginia’s all-time leading scorer. 
The result marked the first time North Carolina has defeated Virginia since 2004 and the first time North Carolina has advanced to the ACC Championship Game since 2009.  

To read more and for complete coverage of the 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse, click here or click here.

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