No. 4 Maryland was the primary beneficiary of No. 2 Duke’s come-from-behind 19-16 victory over No. 16 Virginia Friday night, earning the top seed in the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Terps (8-1) finished with a 2-1 record in the league, which was shared by the Blue Devils (10-4) and No. 3 North Carolina (8-3). With the head-to-head results among the three teams and their record against the Cavaliers (5-7) being equal, the next tiebreaker was goals allowed among the three leaders. By virtue of surrendering a combined 17 goals to Duke and North Carolina, Maryland got the nod over the Tar Heels (19 goals allowed) and the Blue Devils (24).
The Terps will meet No. 4 seed Virginia in the first semifinal at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. Maryland defeated the Cavaliers, 9-7, on March 30.
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No. 2 seed North Carolina will play No. 3 seed Duke in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Devils won the regular-season meeting, 11-8, on March 13.
The championship final is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. The Terps are seeking their fifth ACC tournament championship and first since 2011.