UNC women nip Duke, 7-6

April 23, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- After trailing much of the game, No. 6 North Carolina finally nipped No. 3 Duke, 7-6, on Kristin Off's transition goal in an Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse semifinal yesterday at Ludwig Field.

The Tar Heels advance to meet No. 1 and defending champ Maryland for the title at 1 p.m. today at Ludwig Field.

Yesterday, Off scored all three of her goals in a 4-0 Tar Heels run to finish off the game. Her game-winner came after Tar Heels goalie Melissa Coyne made a high save against Duke's Tricia Martin with 4: 17 left in the game and the Tar Heels (10-4) moved the ball quickly down field.

From the left side, Julie Kickham spotted Off alone in front of the goal, where she snatched the perfect pass and fired high past Duke keeper Shannon Chaney with 3: 54 to go.

Chaney, a Severna Park graduate, played an outstanding game, making eight saves and holding the Tar Heels to three goals through the first 41 minutes. The Blue Devils (9-4) seemed in command after Kelly Dirks gave them a 6-3 lead and Chaney made a terrific sliding save against Meghann Mohler's low shot with 22: 36 left. Off scored on a spin move and then Erin McInnes added a free-position goal to pull within 6-5 with 10: 48 remaining.

Five and a half minutes later, Off took a pass from the top and worked across the crease before firing a shot that bounced outside the crease and popped over Chaney's head to tie at 6-6.

Duke 5 1 -- 6 North Carolina 3 4 -- 7 Goals: D--Kaiser 2, Gallagher 2, Finn, Dirks; NC--Off 3, McInnes 2, Mohler, Thompson. Assists: D--Kaiser; NC--Mohler, Kickham. Saves: D--Chaney 8; NC--Coyne 3.

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