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Williams, O’Neill help propel Duke past North Carolina, Hopkins Tops Navy – Lacrosse Bucket

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In Duke’s 80th meeting with North Carolina, it was the Blue Devil’s biggest stars who shone brightest.

Duke’s Dyson Williams (5G) and Brennan O’Neill (1G/4A) combined for 10 points to help propel the Blue Devils past North Carolina 15-8 in a Tobacco Road battle Friday night.

All five of Williams’ goals came on just six shots and three of those scores were assisted by O’Neill as the line of communication between the two stars was open all night. A pair of those O’Neill-Williams connections came early in the second quarter and capped a five-goal run from Duke to help them take an 8-2 lead early in that second frame.

Logan McGovern (1G/2A) drove left from the top of the box with Kenny Brower keeping just past the five-minute mark in the second frame. As he fell, McGovern took the shot behind his back and got the rebound to go straight between the legs of Duke’s William Helm. The highlight reel goal made it 8-2 with 4:37 left in the second quarter and would be the start of what became a 7-1 North Carolina run that lasted until at 11:37 of the third quarter.

Lance Tillman (2G) found each of his goals of the day on this big Tar Heel run, scoring his first with 23 seconds left in the first half to make it a 9-4 game. His second came at 12:37 to make it 9-7. Johnny Schwarz followed exactly one minute later, opening up inside and going one-goal, 9-8, on a McGovern stream. This score, however, ended up being the last goal of the day for the Tar Heels as they were never able to regain the same momentum.

During that nearly 15-minute streak from the end of the second to the start of the third, the Tar Heels went 4-on-4 in the punt play and committed no turnovers while causing one. Andrew Tyeryear also went 4 for 7 (57%) during that stint, which included winning each of the first three faceoffs of the second half.

Overall, however, the Tar Heels went 19 for 25 (76%) in compensation play while Duke went 22 for 24 (91%) in that department. North Carolina also saw Tyeryear go 9 for 26 (34%) from the face-off spot. Duke outshot the Tar Heels 39-33 and made 23 of their shots on the cage. North Carolina has caged 22 of its shots.

William Helm anchored the Duke defense with 14 saves and a 63% save percentage. Collin Kreig made eight saves with a 34.8 percent save percentage for North Carolina. Jake Naso went 16 for 25 (64%) in points for the Blue Devils and also scored a goal.

Duke finished the contest on a six-goal run to retire late and secure the eventual victory by seven goals. This run saw Williams score twice and O’Neill score his only score of the day. Garrett Leadmon scored his hat-trick in that late-game push for the Blue Devils as he led the way for a midfield unit that had a strong showing. Midfielder Owen Caputo also had three points on a goal and two assists.

With the win, Duke earns its first ACC victory of the season. The all-time streak between these two rivals now stands 43-37 in favor of North Carolina. However, in the John Danowski era, the Blue Devils are 20-6 against the Tar Heels.

Duke is moving to play Air Force at home on Monday night. North Carolina returns to Chapel Hill where it will host an undefeated Dartmouth team on Saturday.

Johns Hopkins Navy Tops

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays came to Annapolis Friday looking for a payback from last season and they would come out on top with a 12-9 victory over the contenders.

Friday night’s victory marks Johns Hopkins’ first victory over Navy in the Peter Milliman era. The Blue Jays hold a 63-28-1 series lead, which dates back to 1908.

Navy took a one-goal lead twice in the game. Early cases came off a Carter Ash score with 10:27 left in the second quarter to make it a 4-3 lead for the contenders. The second time came with 3:43 into the third as Sam Dracoly scored. Each of these times, however, Johns Hopkins was able to respond and not allow the contenders to extend the lead any further.

The latest of those aforementioned instances saw the Blue Jays set everything up for a late-game 6-2 run to claim the three-goal win. Garrett Degnon (2G) helped spark this late game run, converting on a man on a wire from Brendan Grimes. Matt Collison (1G/2A) found Jonathan Peshko (2G) then Russell Melendez (2G/1A) for the last two goals of the game.

Tim Marcille made 13 saves to anchor the Johns Hopkins defense while defender Scott Smith IV (1GB/2CT) and LSM Carson Brown (2GB/2CT) helped pave the way to that end.

Mac Haley led the Navy with a hat trick. Anthony Ghobriel went 16 for 25 (64%) from the face-off spot. Pat Ryan made 13 cage saves.

Johns Hopkins moves to face Delaware at home on Sunday as they look to win their third straight game. Navy takes on Villanova on Tuesday and will be looking to end their five-game losing streak.

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