It was a tough weekend for the Tar Heels against their Tobacco Road rivals from Durham. The Blue Devils defeated North Carolina in Men's Lacrosse and Women's Tennis to capture ACC Championships in those sports.
In Lacrosse, the Blue Devils came back from a 4-2 deficit at Halftime to defeat Carolina 12-9 behind the play of Christian Walsh who scored 4 times and dished out 2 assists. Duke out scored Carolina 5-1 in the third and held off a Tar Heel rally in the 4th to seal the win.
Chad Tutton scored 3 goals while Jimmy Bitter scored twice and handed out one assist in the game for UNC. Joey Sankey also scored once and chipped in 3 assists for 4 points.
The Tar Heels were hurt by penalties racking up 7 for 5:30 of penalty time. Duke scored twice in extra Man opportunities. The Blue Devils out shot Carolina 43-40. But R.G. Keenan dominated face offs again for the Tar Heels winning 17 of the 25 face offs. Steven Rastivo saved 11 shots in goal for Carolina.
North Carolina twice cut the lead to within one in the 4th period but could never come up with the equalizer.
The Tar Heels will next be in action against Michigan on May 5 in Chapel Hill. They should be an at large team in the NCAA Tournament the following week but will wait to hear their fate. The Tar Heels fall to 10-5 overall for the season.
While the Lacrosse Championship was in action from Charlottesville, Virginia, the Women's Tennis team was in action against Duke. Duke won the match and the ACC Title 4-2. The 8th ranked Tar Heels took the doubles point against 2nd ranked Duke but the Blue Devils took 4 in singles.
Led by #2 Beatrice Capra who defeated Lauren McHale in straight sets, Duke took the match. #37 Zoe De Bruycker defeated Ester Goldfeld in three sets but was the only singles winner for the Tar Heels.
To make matters worse for North Carolina, the Men's Tennis team was defeated by Duke in the Semifinals on Saturday 4-2. Both tennis tournaments were held in Cary, N.C. Both teams will await their status in the NCAA's.