The No. 2 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team played a barnburner against the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils on Thursday and fell in overtime, 12-11.
On Thursday, the Tar Heels travelled nine miles to face their crosstown rivals for the first time this season.
Game play started off hot in Koskinen Stadium with an overhead shot by sophomore Matt Wright early in the first giving North Carolina a 1-0 lead. About nine minutes later, Duke answered the point to tie the score, and then found itself down again as junior Nicky Solomon powered the ball in off an assist from senior Chris Gray.
With the game clock ticking down to three seconds left in the period, Duke nets another ball, making it even 2-2.
In the second period, Solomon wasted no time getting UNC back on top, scoring a goal off the faceoff eight seconds in. North Carolina’s second goal of the period was rocketed in by junior Jacob Kelly a couple of minutes later.
The teams battled the rest of the period out, Duke going up two, UNC responding with two more and the Blue Devils finishing off with a goal in the final three minutes to keep up with UNC, who finished with a 6-5 at the half.
The third period saw North Carolina’s biggest lead, with seniors Justin Anderson and Tanner Cook posting up early goals to bring Duke’s deficit to three.
The Blue Devils did not relent, and put pressure on UNC’s defense and goalkeeper Collin Krieg. Though Krieg had three saves in the period, he let six goals slip through, giving Duke its first lead to close out the third 11-10.