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College Notes: North Carolina men’s lacrosse falls to Notre Dame

From News ReleasesMarch 1, 2014 

For the second straight season, No. 11 Notre Dame staged a furious second half rally to beat No. 2 North Carolina 11-10 in men’s lacrosse action at Fetzer Field on Saturday.

North Carolina twice held leads of five goals in the game at 7-2 midway through the second quarter and at 8-3 a minute into the second half. But Notre Dame responded with a run of five straight goals over a span of seven minutes to even the game at 8 with 14 minutes, 31 seconds left in the game.

After Jimmy Bitter put the Tar Heels back ahead with an unassisted goal at 13:09 of the fourth quarter, Notre Dame ran off the next three tallies including the eventual game winner by Sergio Perkovic on a man-up situation with 4:14 left in the game. Notre Dame took advantage of repeated extra-man opportunities in the second half, scoring three man-up goals in the second half and four for the game.

Notre Dame improves to 2-1 on the season with the victory while North Carolina falls to 3-1.

Saturday’s game was eerily reminiscent of last year’s Fighting Irish victory over the Tar Heels when North Carolina surrendered a 9-6 fourth quarter lead and eventually lost to the Fighting Irish 10-9 in triple overtime in South Bend. The Fighting Irish won at Fetzer Field for the first time since the 2003 when they triumphed 10-8.

Notre Dame led in almost all statistical areas, outshooting the Tar Heels 39-29 and winning 17 of 25 face-offs. The Fighting Irish won the ground ball battle 34-31 and scored on 4 of 7 extra-man opportunities. Carolina went 1 for 3 on the man-up.

Both teams committed 15 turnovers. As UNC was trying to get the ball back late in the game to get a chance for a tying goal Carolina forced several turnovers in a row but its clearing game let it down as UNC failed on four clearing chances in the final quarter alone.

Matt Kavanagh led the Fighting Irish with three goals and two assists on the day while Sergio Perkovic had a pair of goals for Notre Dame. John Scioscia had a goal and an assist for the Fighting Irish.

For Carolina, Jimmy Bitter was the offensive leader with three goals and an assist. Pat Foster had a pair of goals for UNC while Chad Tutton had a goal and an assist for the Heels.

Kieran Burke made 10 saves in the goal for UNC while Shane Doss came off the bench for the Fighting Irish to make 10 saves in 51 minutes of action.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. –Second-ranked Maryland scored seven unanswered goals over the span of three quarters to upend top-ranked Duke 10-6 in ACC men’s lacrosse action this afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Mike Chanenchuk led the charge for the Terps with five goals and six points.

“I want to congratulate the University of Maryland,” said head coach John Danowski. “They played a great 60 minutes. I thought their goalie was terrific. Defensively, I thought they had a really good game plan and understood how they play. I’m very proud of our guys’ first half effort. Certainly we were disappointed in our second-half effort, but the calendar says it’s March 1 and the plan is we’re going to learn from this film and move forward.”

It was a tale of two halves as the squads traded goals in the opening two quarters before Maryland (4-0) took over in the third quarter. The Terrapins held the Blue Devils scoreless for 26:26 en route to opening up the 10-5 lead after trailing 5-3 midway through the second quarter.

Jordan Wolf led Duke (4-1) with two goals and an assist, while Josh Dionne chipped in two tallies. Luke Aaron anchored the defense with a career-high 15 saves. It was Aaron’s third straight double-digit save performance.

The first half was back and forth, featuring four ties and three lead changes. Maryland scored the final three goals of the second quarter to take a 6-5 advantage into the break. Both of Wolf and Dionne’s goals came in the opening half. Chanenchuk paced the Terps with three of the six goals.

After trading goals in the first quarter, Maryland regained a 3-2 lead just 45 seconds into the second frame before Duke rattled off three straight for the 5-3 advantage midway through the period. Matheis netted two in that span.

The Terrapins answered with three goals of their own in the final 4:40 to send Duke into the locker room trailing for the first time all season.

The third quarter was all Maryland as it outscored Duke 4-0 and held the Blue Devils to just five shots and won the ground ball battle, 8-5. Chanenchuk had two of the quarter’s four goals and won the ground ball battle 8-5. Aaron made five stops in the third quarter, as Duke kept the Terps at bay for 11:29. Maryland scored all three goals in the final 3:31.

“It’s the kind of sport where I know you’re not going to save every shot,” said Aaron. “They definitely picked some corners in that quarter so hats off to them. Overall, when it keeps coming wave after wave…I think we held them off for the most part. The ones I did save I saw them. They were outside shots because our defense played really well.”

Maryland added one more score 43 seconds into the final quarter before Myles Jones ended Duke’s scoring drought at 26:26 to make it 10-6 with 10 minutes remaining. The Terrapins slowed down their offense and were able to hold back a potent Duke scoring attack to remain unbeaten on the year.

Brendan Fowler won 11-of-19 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls and Casey Carroll forced two turnovers and got four ground balls to help anchor the defensive effort.

Duke is back in action at Loyola, March 9 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.


DURHAM, N.C. – The sixth-ranked Duke women’s lacrosse team opened ACC play against a high-scoring Maryland squad Saturday, falling to the third-ranked Terrapins 19-10 at Koskinen Stadium.

Down 9-5 at halftime, the Blue Devils (3-2, 0-1 ACC) opened the second period with two wins at the draw that resulted in a pair of quick goals. However Maryland (6-0, 1-0 ACC) answered with a 6-0 scoring run and tacked on four more inside the final seven minutes to put the game out of reach.

The Terrapins’ Beth Glaros tallied six goals on the day and teammate Taylor Cummings added five to go with seven draw controls. Sophomore Maddy Acton and juniors Kerrin Maurer and Erin Tenneson registered two markers each to pace the Duke attack.

“Maryland played a great game and they have a lot of threats,” said head coach Kerstin Kimel. “You shut down one big threat and then you have four or five others to deal with. I don’t think we got ourselves started off on a very good foot today, which I think hurt our confidence.”

Maryland jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on three scores by Glaros and two by Cummings. Acton put the Blue Devils on the board at 21:17 with an unassisted tally, and after another goal by Cummings, responded again to cut it to 6-2. Aided by wins at the draw, the Terrapins rattled off three more scores before Duke fired back with three, including a Taylor Trimble goal with nine seconds remaining on the clock.

The Blue Devils came out strong in the second half, as Trimble and senior Taylor Virden each corralled draw controls to fuel a pair of quick scores by seniors Maddy Morrissey and Tenneson. Turnovers would haunt Duke over the next several possessions, though, and despite some strong play from Kelsey Duryea in the net, the Terrapins took off on a 6-0 run. Cummings scored twice during that span, while Kelly McPartland, Brooke Griffin, Erin Collins and Taylor Salandra added one each to bring the score to 15-7 with 20 minutes remaining.

Maurer broke through with a free position goal at 10:22 and junior Brigid Smith followed with an 8-meter goal of her own to bring the margin back to six. But Maryland won the ensuing four draws and converted on the offensive end each time to secure the victory in the ACC opener for both teams. Sophomore Kelci Smesko recorded an unassisted goal with three seconds to go in regulation to bring the final score to 19-10.

“We struggled on the draw today,” Kimel said. “We were too often in a position where we could have competed better for the draw, so that’s got to be a big focus. And you can’t give a team like Maryland 40 shots. They’re going to score a lot of goals.”

The Terrapins logged 40 shots to 23 by the Blue Devils on the day and also led in ground balls (15-13) and at the draw (21-9). Duryea finished with 13 stops for her second double-digit save performance of the season and also had four ground balls and one caused turnover. Abbey Clipp totaled six saves for Maryland in the win.

Morrissey posted two caused turnovers and junior Gabby Moise registered a defensive save for Duke.

“A big thing you focus on when you play a great team early in the season is that they show you what you have to do better,” Kimel said.



Chavis, Addison Claim Silver Medals at ACC Indoor Championships

Wolfpack men’s and women’s teams stand in fifth place after day two of competition

March 1, 2014

CLEMSON, S.C. – Nicole Chavis secured a second-place finish in the women’s weight throw, while Jonathan Addison claimed second in the men’s long jump, as both took home a pair of silver medals for the NC State track and field team on day two of the ACC Indoor Championships at the Clemson University Indoor Track and Field Complex.

As a whole, both the Wolfpack men’s and women’s teams stand in fifth place after day two of competition heading into tomorrow’s final day. On the men’s side, Duke is in first place with 44 points while UNC and Florida State are tied for second place with 40. Notre Dame sits in fourth with 32 points while NC State has 26.

On the women’s end, Florida State is in first place with 41 points, while Duke (37) is in second and Maryland (33) is in third. Miami (20) claims the fourth spot in the order, just two points ahead of fifth-place NC State (18).

Chavis, who holds the NC State school record in the indoor weight throw, set a new record on Friday with a fifth round heave of 68' 8.75" (20.95m) to earn the silver medal. The throw broke the redshirt sophomore’s previous mark of 67’01.50”, set two weeks ago in the UCS Invitational.

In the men’s long jump, Addison set a personal best of 25'3.25" (7.70m) to garner his silver medal and earn eight team points for the Wolfpack squad. The sophomore from Raleigh, N.C. has finished in first, second, third and fourth place in the four long jumps he has competed in this year.

Alexis Perry, competing in the women’s long jump, took home the bronze medal and All-ACC honors with a third-place result, setting a new personal best in the event with a leap of 20'4.50" (6.21m).

Addison (6' 9.50”, 2.07m) and Lacey Shuman (5' 10.75", 1.80m) each finished in fifth place, respectively, in the men’s and women’s high jump, while Jule Rich (62'7.25”, 19.08m) just missed out on medaling in the men’s weight throw, finishing in fourth place. Nathaniel Williams, also competing in the men’s weight throw, finished seventh with a result of 60'9.25 (18.52m).

Andrew Colley finished in sixth place in the men's 5,000m with a time of 14:07.89, while Joanna Thompson (16:35.80) took home a ninth-place finish in the women's 5k to close the women’s slate for the day. Both Colley and Thompson will take part in the men’s and women’s 3,000m tomorrow.

In qualifying heats, Perry advanced to Saturday’s final in the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.45 while Ryanna Henderson (4:47.49) and Megan Moye (4:47.72) grabbed the final two spots to advance to finals in the women's one mile run.

Paisley Simmons advanced to the finals of the women’s 200m tomorrow with a time of 24.40.

The 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships conclude with Saturday’s final session, with action beginning atnoon. ESPN3 will provide live coverage from the beginning until the conclusion of the session and will also air the event’s awards ceremony.



MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Junior Andrew Istler limited the Thundering Herd to one run on three hits while redshirt junior Chris Marconcini amassed a season-high four RBI to lead the Duke baseball team past Marshall, 5-2, in its second game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament Saturday morning at Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

A right-hander from Wellington, Fla., Istler (1-2) worked 6.1 efficient innings to earn his first victory of the season. In addition to facing just one batter over the minimum heading to the seventh, Istler struck out five Marshall hitters and walked just one.

“I thought Istler was really, really good,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “He’s pitched well and it was good for him to get the win today. I thought he was lights out. The way [Marshall] swung the bats late in the game showed how good Istler was. That’s a great job of getting better from one start to the next. I thought he held his velocity better. He was stronger late into the game and that was a really quality effort.”

Marconcini continued his torrid start to the 2014 campaign as the Duke (6-4) first baseman extended his hit streak to nine games with a 2-for-5 outing against Marshall (3-6). The Brentwood, Tenn., native drove in a run with a single in the third and followed with a mammoth three-run homer to center in the seventh.

Senior Jordan Betts picked up his third three-hit game of the season with a double and two singles, while classmate Mike Rosenfeld moved his hit streak hit to eight games with a 2-for-3 showing.

“We had several guys really swing the bat well,” Pollard added. “We were far from perfect with our offensive execution. Obviously Marconcini hits the big three-run home run, which gave us some breathing room. There are still a lot of things we need to do better offensively. But some guys are seeing the baseball well right now. We got a few other guys we need to get going. But the thing about it is, I think we’re competing really well.”

In the top of the third, Duke rallied with two outs to plate the first run of the game. Rosenfeld and junior Grant McCabe registered consecutive hits to kick start the frame before Marconcini lined the RBI base knock over the outstretched glove of Marshall second baseman Andrew Dundon.

Five-straight Blue Devils reached base to start the seventh as Duke’s tallied four runs to grow its lead to 5-0. McCabe drew his team-leading 10th walk of the year and Rosenfeld was struck by the pitch to put the first two runners on. Marconcini proceeded to smash Brandyn Smittinger’s 1-1 offering off the batter’s eye in center field for his third home run of the season, bolstering Duke’s advantage to 4-0. With the bases loaded, senior Mark Lumpa picked up the RBI and Duke’s final run with a ground ball to the right side.

Marshall responded with two runs in the bottom portion of the inning to narrow the margin to 5-2. Dundon registered his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left, and Eric Escobedo knocked an RBI double to right for the Herd.

The Herd threatened again the eighth, loading the bases with no one out on consecutive singles and a walk. Senior Robert Huber entered the game and worked out the jam, aided by a Ryan Deitrich bullet to home plate to get a Marshall runner attempting to score on a sacrifice fly. Huber returned in the ninth and struck out the side for his second save of the season.

“It was a great job competing,” Pollard said. “Then [Huber] comes in the ninth and strikes out the side. It was guys competing, not giving in to the moment. We haven’t played our best baseball by any stretch, and we didn’t play it today, but guys are very competitive now. When you’ve got that you can do a lot.”

Duke wraps up the Caravelle Resort Tournament Sunday. The Blue Devils face host-team Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m. in the weekend finale.


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