No. 7 Duke (11-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 6-0 run in the second half to elevate itself past No. 1 Virginia (10-2, 2-1) on Friday night, 13-5, in front of an announced 7,234 at Klockner Stadium.
The Blue Devils earned the top seed in the ACC tournament and will play fourth-seeded Maryland in the semifinals Friday at 5 p.m. Maryland, the defending ACC champion, took the regular-season meeting between the teams, 10-7, on March 3 in College Park.
The second-seeded Cavaliers will face third-seeded North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU in the second semifinal.
The Blue Devils scored three goals in a row in the second quarter to take a 4-1 lead. Chris Bocklet scored to send the Cavaliers into halftime down 4-2. Virginia did not get closer the rest of the evening.
Coming out of the break, Duke scored six goals in a row to take a 10-2 lead. The Cavaliers failed to score in the third quarter. Luke Duprey capped the Duke run 40 seconds into the fourth period.
Colin Briggs ended the drought with 13:42 remaining in the game. After Jake Tripucka scored unassisted at 9:49, Mark Cockerton and Steele Stanwick (Loyola) finished off Virginia's scoring for the night, cutting its deficit to 11-5.
No. 1 Northwestern 8, No. 3 North Carolina 7: The host Wildcats (13-0) outscored the Tar Heels (13-2) 4-1 in the second half, overcoming a two-goal halftime deficit to beat North Carolina.
Northwestern started the second half with a 4-0 run to take an 8-6 lead. The Tar Heels pulled within one on a goal in the final minute by Becky Lynch off an assist from Abbey Friend.
No. 10 Massachusetts 10, Duquesne 8, OT: Jesse O'Donnell scored the game-tying goal with 97 seconds left in regulation and then scored again with 2:16 left in overtime to push the visiting Minutewomen (13-1, 4-0 Atlantic 10) past the Dukes (9-5, 2-2).
Duquesne took an 8-6 lead with 9:13 left in regulation. Cori Murray scored with 2:17 to go and O'Donnell's goal came 40 seconds later to tie the game.
The win assured Massachusetts a spot in the Atlantic 10 tournament as the Minutewomen seek to defend their championship title for the fourth consecutive year.
Mount St. Mary's 19, Long Island 9: Esther Rufolo (Chapelgate Christian) and Jen Semler (Perry Hall) combined for nine goals to push the visiting Mount (6-9, 5-2, Northeast Conference) past the Blackbirds (1-12, 1-5).
Rufolo scored four of her five goals in the first half while Semler added three goals and two assists to help give the Mountaineers a 13-4 lead at halftime.
Towson 16, Hofstra 9: Andi Raymond had four goals and four assists to lead the host Tigers (10-3, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) past the Pride (3-10, 2-2).
Taylor Albright and Jenn Ward scored back-to-back goals to help Hofstra narrow the gap to 6-4 with 12:20 left in the half, but the Tigers scored the final three goals of the half to lead 9-4 at halftime.
The Pride scored two of the first three goals in the second stanza to trail 10-6 with 23:08 left in regulation.
Salisbury 12, College of New Jersey 10: The host Lions (11-3) took a 4-1 lead with 21:29 remaining in the first half, but the Sea Gulls (14-0) came back to tie the score at 6 at halftime.
Salisbury led 11-10 with 7:01 remaining and held the College of New Jersey scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Katie Bollhorst (Severna Park) led the Sea Gulls with seven points.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun