Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, February 13

Feb. 13, 2010

Duke Escapes with Overtime Thriller Over No. 19 Bucknell

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga.-Duke junior Zach Howell scored on a fastbreak in overtime to lift the second-ranked Blue Devils to a 12-11 win over No. 19 Bucknell in the squads' men's lacrosse season opener this afternoon at McEachern High School. The 12-11 score marked the first time all afternoon Duke had led as the Blue Devils battled back to even the score twice to force overtime.

Senior attackman Max Quinzani led the Blue Devils with four goals to extend his scoring streak to 47 games, while senior Ned Crotty added a pair of goals.

The Bison raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Duke's offense started to get going in the second frame, scoring five goals. However, the Bucknell attack also continued to thrive as it matched the Blue Devils in point production to take an 8-5 lead into halftime

Needing to slow down the Bison offense, Duke did just that in holding Bucknell to just one goal in the third frame. Meanwhile, the Blue Devil attack was able to tally three markers to pull within one at 9-8 game heading into the final 15 minutes.

Tar Heels Sneak By Bulldogs 5-4

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Fourth-ranked North Carolina avoided an upset in men's collegiate lacrosse action Saturday afternoon as it prevailed against Bryant University 5-4 before a crowd of 1,009 at Navy Field. The game marked the home opener for the Tar Heels who improved to 2-0 on the season while the Bulldogs lost their season opener.

For the second straight week, Thomas Wood and Sean DeLaney led the Tar Heel offense as Wood had two goals and an assist and DeLaney added two goals. Wood had the game-winning tally with less than 13 minutes left on the clock. Bryant's four goals came from four different players.

Also for the second game in succession, the Tar Heels ran into a red-hot goalie. Jacksonville's Brad Hester saved 17 shots against UNC last Saturday and Jameson Love had 20 saves for Bryant Saturday while allowing only five goals. Love made nine of his 20 saves in the first quarter when the Heels outshot the Bulldogs 15-5. But Love's superb netminding kept the game at only a one-goal edge for UNC after the first 15 minutes.

Chris Madalon had a solid performance for UNC, making nine saves and allowing only four goals. Madalon had three of his saves in the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels protected their one-goal lead.