Triangle Sports Roundup: Weekend kicks and quick sticks

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RailHawks beat Seoul E-Land FC in preseason match shootout

CARY, N.C. – The NASL’s Carolina RailHawks kicked off their preseason on Sunday when they hosted Seoul E-Land FC in the 7th Hilton Garden Inn Durham Southpoint Community Shield Match played at WakeMed Soccer Park.

After a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation, the RailHawks defeated Seoul E-Land FC via penalty shootout.

Former RailHawks manager Martin Rennie can take much credit for his side’s solid performance in his return to his old stomping ground.

Seoul E-Land stayed compact throughout the match and denied the RailHawks many clear cut chances.

Tiyi Shipalane looked dangerous early on with his runs and trickery on the right wing.

He won a few corners in the first ten minutes that swung momentum toward the home team.

The RailHawks almost capitalized on a chance when the ball dropped in the box for Leo Osaki to have a shot, but it was deflected over the bar by Nacho Novo in the 8th minute.

Seoul E-Land looked incisive and dangerous after the early corner kicks.

Their crosses into the RailHawks’ box were threatening the defenders, but Connor Tobin dealt with the danger effectively.

Lee Jaean had a shot from 18 yards in the 15th minute, but he dragged well wide of the goal.

“We put a good performance today,” RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke said.

“We played a protective first half but also moved the ball well and created some opportunities. Overall, I am happy to get the guys out on the field moving and playing together.”

The game was intense for a preseason friendly with some feisty challenges in the center of the park.

Neither side’s center midfielders could pick a key pass as the both sides were very compact and flat across the field.

Seoul E-Land had an excellent chance to score when Kim Young Keun created a yard away from the defender and fired a dipping shot towards the far post that curled inches wide of the woodwork.

Seoul E-land FC created a great chance in the 53rd minute when they broke on the counter and Ryan Johnson was one on one with keeper Brian Sylvestre, who came up with a massive save to keep the score level.

Clarke threw on fresh players to give them a run about including Simone Bracalello and Wells Thompson.

The game ended scoreless after regulation time and went straight into a penalty shootout.

Sylvestre stopped Mitchell’s shot and secured the victory for the home team after Wells Thompson chipped home the winning penalty.

The RailHawks will open the 2015 season at home against Ottawa Fury FC on Sat., Apr. 4 with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.

No. 2 UNC MLAX breezes past Manhattan, 26-6

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Fifteen different Tar Heel men’s lacrosse players scored as second-ranked UNC defeated Manhattan 26-6 418 fans at Navy Field on Saturday.

Sophomore Luke Goldstock had career highs for goals in a game with five, assists in a game with four and points in a game with nine.

His five goals were the most by a Tar Heel since Joey Sankey scored five against Johns Hopkins on March 29, 2014.

His nine points were the most by a UNC player since Marcus Holman had 10 points against Michigan on May 5, 2012.

Goldstock scored on all five of his shots in the game.

Michael Tagliaferri and Chad Tutton added had tricks for UNC.

It was the second of Tagliaferri’s career and the 15th career hat trick for the Canadian lefty midfielder Tutton.

Patrick Kelly, Brian Cannon and Joe Costigan each tallied two goals for UNC with Cannon and Costigan both recording career highs for goals in a game.

Like Goldstock, Jimmy Bitter had four assists in the game and he also scored a goal.  Bitter’s four assists equal his career high set against Denver on February 27.

Joey Sankey had three assists for the Tar Heels.  Altogether, 10 different Tar Heels had assists in the match.

Manhattan was led by Marcel Godino who had three goals and an assist.

The Jaspers fell to 0-6 on the season after starting their 2015 campaign with six straight road games.

The 26 goals scored by Carolina were the most since April 26, 2011 when it defeated Pfeiffer 27-7.

The total was the most scored by Carolina against an NCAA Division I team since April 19, 1995 when Carolina beat VMI 26-8.

UNC scored on more than 50 percent of its shots against the Jaspers, notching 26 goals on 50 shots.

UNC scored on all 13 of its shots on goal in the second half of the game.

Both teams played multiple goalies – Michael Wiatrak had 10 saves for Manahattan, while Brian Balkam and Kieran Burke shared the first half for UNC, and made way for Duncan Saunders who played the second half, making a career-high four saves.

Stephen Kelly was outstanding at the face-off position for UNC, winning 15 of 19 draws and scooping up a game-high nine ground balls.

The 15 face-off wins equaled the second most in Kelly’s career.

Freshman Riley Graham also saw his first career action and won five of nine face-offs.

UNC utilized four different face-off men with Jack Lambert and Brent Armstrong also taking draws.

UNC improved to 6-0 on the campaign heading into Tuesday’s 4 p.m. home game against Bryant at Fetzer Field.

No. 5 Duke WLAX eases past Virginia Tech

DURHAM, N.C. – Freshman Kyra Harney turned in the second hat trick of her career and registered a career-high three assists to help the fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils outlast Virginia Tech, 15-10, in ACC action at Koskinen Stadium on Friday.

Duke improved to 2-0 in conference play and 7-0 on the spring for the program’s best start since 2006.

With the score knotted 6-6 at halftime, the Hokies took the lead early in the second period on a goal by Megan Will.

Junior Maddy Acton countered with back-to-back scores and senior Taylor Trimble added a third on a pass from senior Katie Trees to swing it to 9-7 in Duke’s favor.

Virginia Tech pulled within one goal two more times over the next few minutes, but saw the Blue Devils respond each time.

Senior Erin Tenneson fired top shelf midway through the half to spark a 4-0 scoring run.

Harney, senior Kerrin Maurer and Trimble also found the back of the net during that span to give Duke a 14-9 cushion with 10:41 remaining.

“A defense can’t just lock in on one or two of our players,” Maurer said.

“We’re really balanced right now. The balanced scoring we’ve had throughout the year, people finishing the ball, I think that’s crucial. Coming down the stretch in ACC games, that’s going to continue to be very important for us.”

The Hokies’ Will notched her fourth tally of the evening inside the final five minutes on a successful man-up opportunity for the visiting squad.

However, Virginia Tech turned the ball over on its next offensive possession and senior Brigid Smith tacked on a final score on a feed from Harney to round out the game.

“In the second half, our girls were sharper,” Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel said.

“We did a better job on the draw. I also felt like we attacked more. The first half, we just were really off our rhythm. Halftime gave us that chance to collect ourselves, spread out a little bit more on offense, get the ball moving better on offense. Once we did that, we were able to create some better opportunities.”

A back-and-forth first 30 minutes saw the Blue Devils build a 3-0 lead before Meg Bartley, Will and Meghan Macera of the Hokies combined to make it a 5-4 advantage for the Hokies.

A pair of freshmen tied the game again as Harney found Maddie Crutchfield for her second assist, and Trees followed with a score from the eight-meter before Virginia Tech’s Jessi Thon also recorded a free position goal to bring it to 6-6 at the intermission.

Maurer and Bartley battled at the draw throughout the contest, with Bartley winning six draws to five by Maurer.

Overall, the Duke won the category by a 16-11 margin and outshot the Hokies, 27-18.

Ground balls were even at 14 apiece.

Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea made four of her five saves during the first half, while Meagh Graham had six stops in the net for Virginia Tech.

Maurer’s two assists pushed her career total to 100, making her just the second player in program history to reach the milestone.

Former Blue Devil player and assistant coach Kristen Waagbo is Duke’s all-time leader in the category with 116 over her four seasons.

“Kerrin is a really special player in that she has tremendous game-sense, lax IQ, sees the field really well,” Kimel said.

“The kids that she’s playing with, she’s played with for so long now that she has a really good sixth-sense of where everybody’s going to be. When you throw someone like Kyra Harney in the mix, she has great hands and is very similar to Kerrin in a lot of ways. They have a great connection building already. It’s neat that the senior-freshman connection happened on her 100th assist.”

Up next, the Blue Devils hit the road for a three-game stretch, beginning with a contest at Georgetown on Wednesday.

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Peter Koutroumpis is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Bowling Green State University. Living in the Raleigh area, he has been involved and employed in organized sport and competition as a player, official, teacher, coach, administrator, and volunteer. With more than 20 years of experience in sport event management and programming, as Owner and Managing Editor of the Triangle Sports Network, a set of online sports news sites, he provides a variety of perspectives on the amateur and professional sports landscape including the NCAA, NHL, NBA, PGA, and LPGA, and more.