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Men’s lacrosse: Wolf (L. Merion) leads Duke past UNC despite big efforts by Sankey (Penn Charter) & Creighton (Malvern Prep)

Friday, 16th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/16/12
From Press Release and Staff Report

Sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) scored three goals and handed out three assists to lead 15th-ranked Duke to a 13-11 home triumph today over 11th-ranked North Carolina in front of 3,174 fans at Koskinen Stadium in an ESPN televised game. Four different Blue Devils recorded hat tricks in the game.

Wolf added four groundballs and two caused turnovers.

The Blue Devils improve to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in ACC action while the Tar Heels fall to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in league play. Duke has now won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the rivals.

The effort by Wolf overcame great performances by UNC freshman attackman Joey Sankey (Penn Charter) and sophomore middie Ryan Creighton (Malvern Prep). Sankey collected three goals and three assists off the bench while Creighton had two goals and two caused turnovers off the bench.

“I say this many times, but we just have so much respect for Carolina, their coaching staff, the program and the history,” head coach John Danowski said. “Duke in the lacrosse world still has a lot of catching up to do to North Carolina so we always take this game as a great honor to play them and we always want to try and do our best when we play.”

Duke darted out to a 4-0 lead behind two goals each from junior Jake Tripucka and sophomore Christian Walsh. The two teams then traded the next six goals before Wolf and Tripucka tallied consecutive markers in the last four minutes of the second quarter to give the Blue Devils a 9-3 lead at intermission.

After Wolf’s second goal of the day increased Duke’s lead to 10-3, North Carolina scored three goals within a three-minute span to pull within 10-6. Senior Robert Rotanz pushed the lead back to five goals with a man-down tally to close the third quarter.

To open the final period, the Tar Heels again utilized a three-goal spurt to get within 11-9 at the 6:10 mark when Sankey found the back of the net for the third time in the game. Duke responded with goals by Wolf and Josh Dionne for a 13-9 lead before North Carolina accounted for the final margin with the evening’s final two markers.

Four Blue Devils – Dionne, Tripucka, Walsh and Wolf – registered hat tricks on the day. Sankey led the Tar Heels with his three-goal, three-assist outing while Jimmy Bitter and Ryan Creighton added two goals each.

In the Duke net, redshirt senior Mike Rock posted seven saves including five in the fourth period, while North Carolina split its goaltending duties between Steven Rastivo (30 minutes; 5 saves; 9 goals against) and Malvern Prep grad Andrew O’Connell (30 minutes; 3 saves; 4 goals against).

Starting defenseman Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep) had a caused turnover for Duke and freshman long pole Brian Dailey (Conestoga) added a groundball. For UNC,

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