Virginia Tech handed top-ranked Virginia its first loss of the season, beating the Cavaliers 4-2 Friday in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal and raising several thousand eyebrows at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Hokies (16-3-2), ranked fifth nationally and seeded fourth in the tournament field, never trailed in handing Virginia its first loss since the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Jazmine Reeves’ two first-half goals staked Tech to an early lead, and the Hokies added two scores in the second half to remain in control.
“I am so proud of this team,” Tech coach Chugger Adair, who revealed that a pregame message from veteran Hokies football coach Frank Beamer helped inspire his troops, told the acc.com.
U.Va. fell to 20-1 but awaits an all-but-certain status as a No. 1 seed when the NCAA bracket is revealed Monday.
You go back, you look at the film, you make some adjustments," U.Va. coach Steve Swanson said. "There’s certainly some teachable moments for us."
The Hokies will play for the ACC crown at 4 p.m. Sunday against No. 2 seed Florida State, which defeated No. 3 North Carolina -- the sport's most historic power -- 2-1 in overtime by capitalizing on a pair of own goals by the Tar Heels. FSU (17-1-3) became the first team ever to beat UNC four times in a row.
William and Mary lost 3-1 in a penalty-kick shootout to Northeastern after a 2-2 draw in a CAA semifinal in Harrisonburg. The second-seeded Tribe (8-2-7) must hope for an NCAA at-large berth.
Northeastern will play in Sunday’s final against top-seeded James Madison, which beat Hofstra 3-1. Sam Lofton scored the go-ahead goal in the 64th minute for the Dukes (15-4-1), who went ahead 3-1 on Allie Bunner's goal in the 79th.
Entering the tournament, W&M held an RPI of No. 35, giving the Tribe a good chance for inclusion in the NCAA field.
Tribe goals by Dani Rutter in the third minute and Anna Madden in the 58th sandwiched a pair of goals by the Huskies. Hanna Terry assisted on Haley Sinclair's goal in the 55th minute, then scored herself just 82 seconds later.
Northeastern held W&M scoreless in the first three rounds of the tiebreaker before Madden netted a shot. Three of four Huskies beat All-CAA goalie Caroline Casey.
Old Dominion (13-6), ranked fifth nationally, made its Big East tournament debut a success, beating No. 14 Louisville 2-0 in Storrs, Conn., to reach the tourney championship game against Connecticut.
Goals by Nicole Goff in the 61st minute and Katy Furhman in the 69th boosted ODU, the No. 2 seed. Its game against top-seeded UConn will provide an NCAA tournament automatic bid to the winner, but the Monarchs -- who have won 12 in a row after a 1-6 start -- seem to be a cinch at-large pick even if they lose. ...
Top-seeded Delaware beat No. 4 William and Mary 4-2 in a CAA semifinal at Newark, Del., ending the Tribe’s season at 8-11 and giving the 17th-ranked Blue Hens a berth in a title game Sunday that will provide an NCAA automatic bid to the victor.
Four Blue Hens scored, including a pair in a span of less than four minutes bridging halftime, putting Delaware ahead 4-1. Lindsey Buckheit and Esty Byrd scored for the Tribe.
Under an experimental scoring system, Apprentice beat Penn State Mont Alto 69-58 when heavyweight Ian Jones registered a 15-point pin to give the Builders a come-from-behind triumph.
Vendula Strakova had 19 kills and Bibiany Fonseca had 33 assists as Hampton swept Delaware State 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 in Dover, giving the Pirates (15-10, 9-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) nine straight-set victories for the year. ...
James Madison (11-14) overcame a two-set deficit to beat W&M 13-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-10, spoiling the final appearance for the Tribe at Kaplan Arena. Both teams are 6-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Senior Celine Alasomuka had 23 digs, becoming the second W&M player with two 400-dig seasons. Dessi Koleva, a sophomore, had a match high of 18 kills for the Tribe (11-18), tying her career high and passing the 500-kill milestone.
Meghan Niski made 18 digs and had 10 kills for the Dukes.
At the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., seniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans led the Tribe by going 3-0 for the day -- one singles win apiece and two doubles triumphs.
W&M went 6-2 in singles, all against Minnesota, and was 3-4 in doubles against opponents from Virginia Tech and South Carolina. ...
Virginia's Julia Elbaba reached the quarterfinals before losing in a quarterfinal of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Indoor Championships at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Elbaba defeated Texas' Breaunna Addison 7-5, 6-3 before falling 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 to fourth-seeded Sabrina Santamaria of Southern California.
Meanwhile, UCLA's Jennifer Brady ousted Virginia's Rachel Pierson 7-5, 6-4 in the round of 16.
In doubles, Elbaba and Pierson dropped an 8-5 quarterfinal to Georgia Tech's Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard.
Old Dominion's Carlos Lopez Villa fell 6-4, 6-2 to No. 6 seed Clay Thompson of UCLA in the round of 16 of the ITA indoor nationals at Flushing Meadows. ...
In the Tribe Invitational at McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, Harvard and Penn State were the dominant teams on the first day against William and Mary and Old Dominion.
W&M was 1-7 in doubles, with a victory by Will Juggins and Damon Niquet against Harvard. Addison Appleby, playing in Flight 5, earned the Tribe's only singles win in nine matches.
Club ice hockey:
After three road defeats last weekend ended their winning streak, Christopher Newport got back on track with a 9-3 win over Richmond at the Hampton Roads Iceplex.
The Captains play Loyola (Md.) at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Iceplex.
Pro ice hockey:
Tampa Bay prospect Nikita Kucherov, the AHL's leading scorer scored the winning goal with 2:02 left in the third period to lead the Syracuse Crunch past the Norfolk Admirals 2-1 at Scope in the first of a two-game series.
The Admirals fell to 7-3-0-3 despite a tying first-period goal by Steven Whitney 14:59 into the game. Norfolk fell a spot behind Syracuse into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
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