Fanfare-Colleges: Saturday's happenings in area college sports

Feb. 09, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

Gator comeback spells opening loss for UNC women's lacrosse

CHAPEL HILL — Third-ranked Florida scored five unanswered goals after trailing 3-0 and defeated No. 5 North Carolina, 5-3 Saturday at Fetzer Field in the 2013 season opener for both teams.

Carolina got three goals in the opening 7:25 of the game to lead 3-0, and led 3-1 at halftime. Florida held Carolina scoreless for the final 52:35 of the contest to pick up the victory and improve to 1-0 this season. UNC falls to 0-1.

It was the Gators’ first-ever victory over the Tar Heels after Carolina had won the first three games in the series.

Gabi Wiegand led Florida with two goals and an assist, scoring the Gators’ final two goals of the day. Brittany Dashiell had a goal and an assist, and Kitty Cullen and Ashley Bruns each scored once. For the Tar Heels, Abbey Friend scored twice and Taylor George scored once. Kara Cannizzaro and Emily Garrity each dished out assists.

No. 9 Denver drops No. 6 Duke in men's lacrosse

DURHAM — Erik Adamson scored five goals and No. 9 Denver used a 9-0 run to open the second half to defeat No. 6 Duke, 14-12, in the season-opener for both squads Saturday at Koskinen Stadium.

“Whether we won or we lost, it’s still Feb. 9 on the calendar,” Duke coach John Danowski said. “We’re not going to get too high over a win or too low over a loss. I thought we generated a lot of shots, we rode, and we cleared the ball well. I thought the special teams were good and we fought in the fourth quarter even though we were down. I think overall for Feb. 9 there are a lot of positives we’re going to take away from this going forward.”

The loss ended Duke’s 10-game home win streak and was the Blue Devils’ first loss in a season-opening game since 1998. Duke (0-1) and Denver (1-0) are the lone two ranked teams to face off against a ranked opponent to start the 2013 campaign.

Duke hosts Jacksonville at noon today.

Duke wrestlers fall to Maryland at home

DURHAM — Immanuel Kerr-Brown posted a victory at 157 pounds, but it was Duke’s only win on the day as the Blue Devil wrestlers lost to Maryland 38-3 Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The loss snapped a five-match win streak for Duke, which fell 7-6 on the season and 0-3 in the ACC.

Duke fencers shine in talent-laden field

DURHAM — Against one of the strongest fields the Duke Home Fencing Meet has ever seen, the 10th-ranked Duke men’s fencing team came away with four wins, including a 15-12 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame, on Saturday in Card Gym.

Squaring off against a group that included No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Notre Dame, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins and Wayne State, the Blue Devils (14-6) went 4-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of No. Penn State. The Duke epees went 4-1 on the day while the foils finished 3-2 and the sabers 2-3.

The Duke women will fence on day two of the Duke Home Meet, beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday in Card Gym. Their day starts against Northwestern at 8 a.m. and continues with bouts against No. 1 Notre Dame at 9:30 a.m., Wayne State at 10:30, No. 5 Penn State at 1 p.m. and North Carolina at 2 p.m.

Duke, UNC to meet in tennis semis today

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team topped No. 14 Northwestern, 4-1, Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

With the win, the Blue Devils move to a perfect 6-0 on the season.

The Blue Devils are slated to face North Carolina in the semifinals today.

UNC comeback win sets up Duke meeting

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three years ago, an upstart North Carolina team used a win over Duke at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships as a springboard to the No. 1 national ranking and the program’s first trip to the Final Four.

Three years later, Carolina will have that chance again as the No. 8 Tar Heels rallied from a 3-1 deficit to upset No. 4 Southern California, 4-3, in the national indoors quarterfinals Saturday. UNC (6-0) will face Duke in today’s semifinals