The eighth-ranked Blue Devils (6-2, 0-2 in the ACC) were downed 14-9 by No. 13 UNC (4-2, 1-0) yesterday in Chapel Hill. Duke dropped its second straight to the Tar Heels, who have won three consecutive games, along with its second conference game of the season.
North Carolina's Jed Prosser led his team in scoring four goals and two assists. The Tar Heels took the lead with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter and never relinquished it.
For Duke, both Kevin Brennan and Matt Rewkowski each notched two scores and two assists. Dan Flannery started off the scoring frenzy near the end of the first quarter, but he was quickly followed by three straight goals from the cross-town rivals.
The Tar Heels' Austin Garrison and Prossner scored the first two goals of the second quarter to earn a 5-2 lead. Duke gained another point on the board with a score by Rewkowski, but the Tar Heels again had an answer with two more goals of their own. Kevin Cassese then notched his first of the day with 14 seconds left.
UNC entered the half with a 7-4 lead over the visiting team. Prosser scored within 14 seconds after halftime, but two consecutive Duke goals by Zash and Dan Doty pulled the team to within two, 8-6, early in the second.
The Tar Heels went scoreless for 11 minutes but then exploded and scored five straight, ending all Blue Devil hopes of a comeback.
Duke went over 21 minutes without a response. The scoring drought was broken when Brennan scored off a feed by Mack Hardaker with 5:56 left in regulation. Cassese ended the contest scoring with 1:47 remaining.
The Blue Devils next travel to Georgetown Sunday at 1 p.m.
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