Duke Holds Off North Carolina, 11-9

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April 29, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - ACC Player of the Year Katie Chrest scored five points on three goals and two assists to lead top-seeded Duke to an 11-9 victory over North Carolina Friday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. Leigh Jester added a hat trick and an assist for Duke as the Blue Devils advance to their second straight ACC final.

Duke will face Virginia on Sunday in a re-match of last year's final. The Cavaliers defeated Maryland 15-11 earlier in the day.

The two teams played evenly through the first 20 minutes of the first half, with North Carolina's Erica LaGrow tying the score at 4-4 on a free-position shot. The Blue Devils would then go on a pivotal 3-0 run to close the half, giving them a lead they would not relinquish. Chrest, Stefanie Sparks and Caroline Cryer each scored in the Duke run.

Each team notched a score to start the second half before back-to-back UNC goals from Christina Juras and LaGrow pulled the Tar Heels within one at 8-7. Chrest answered with her third goal on the afternoon at 17:04, but North Carolina again got to within a goal after Allison Higgins' score just under a minute and a half later. Duke won the ensuing draw and Rachel Sanford converted on a free-position mark just 35 seconds later to push the Blue Devil lead to 10-8. Jester helped put the game away with an unassisted goal at 9:28.

Juras converted on a free-position shot at the 7:04 mark, but the Blue Devils were able to successfully maintain possession and keep UNC off the board.

Cryer and Sanford each netted two goals for Duke, while Caline McHenry led the Blue Devil defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls. All-ACC goalie Megan Huether made 12 saves in the cage for Duke.

UNC was paced offensively by Juras who scored three goals and one assist. Stephanie Scurachio and LaGrow chipped in two goals apiece for the Tar Heels. Goalie Kristen Hordy had five ground balls and eight saves, and Morgan Russell came off the bench for three caused turnovers and four ground balls.