National lacrosse roundup: No. 4 UNC men hold off No. 2 Syracuse, 17-15
From Sun staff reports|
Apr 12, 2015 at 2:15 AM
Fourth-ranked North Carolina improved to 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in 23 years as the Tar Heels earned a 17-15 win in men's lacrosse over visiting second-ranked Syracuse before an announced sellout of 6,004 on Saturday.
The win sent 11 North Carolina seniors out on a winning note in their final regular-season appearance at Fetzer Field, where the crowd was the largest since the Tar Heels beat Johns Hopkins before 8,500 in April 1983.
North Carolina is 12-1 this season heading into a battle in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday against top-ranked Notre Dame. Syracuse is 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.
With his three points, Joey Sankey became the all-time leading scorer in Tar Heels history.
His goal with 9:17 left gave UNC a 17-11 lead and, in the process, he recorded his 214th career point. He broke the previous school record of 213 set by Marcus Holman from 2010 to 2013.
No. 5 Denver 18, St. John's 5: Tewaaraton Award watch list member Wesley Berg broke the school's career points (217) and goals (158) records, leading the Pioneers (9-2, 3-0 Big East) past the host Red Storm (3-9, 1-2).
Berg finished with a game-high four goals, and Maryland transfer Connor Cannizzaro had a hat trick.
Denver's defense held St. John's to one goal in each quarter except the second, when the Red Storm scored twice.
No. 10 Cornell 14, Hofstra 5: The host Big Red (9-3) outscored the Pride 8-1 in the second half to secure the win.
Connor Buczek scored twice to break Max Seibald's school record for career points by a midfielder (142), while Matt Donovan finished with four points to become just the 10th player in Cornell history to register 50 points in consecutive seasons (51).
Defensively, the Big Red held the Pride (4-8) to just one even-strength goal, and shut out the visitors for the final 27:05.
No. 7 Yale 16, No. 12 Brown 10: Jeff Cimbalista scored four goals to lead the Bulldogs (9-2, 3-2 Ivy League) past the visiting Bears (8-3, 2-2).
Brown's Dylan Molloy, the nation's leading scorer, had five goals to lead all scorers. Yale's defense held the Bears scoreless for 21 minutes.
No. 16 Marquette 14, Providence 10: Ryan McNamara and Jordan Greenfield each scored three goals to lead the Golden Eagles (10-3, 3-1 Big East) past the host Friars (4-7, 0-3).
Providence took a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Marquette outscored the Friars 9-2 over the next two quarters. With the win, the Golden Eagles locked up a semifinal berth in the conference playoffs.
No. 18 Princeton 16, Dartmouth 5: Mike MacDonald had five goals and Kip Orban had four to power the Tigers (7-4, 3-1 Ivy League) past the host Big Green (3-6, 1-3).
The victory drew Princeton into a tie for first place in the league with Cornell.
No. 17 Georgetown 17, Villanova 8: Reilly O'Connor equaled a career-high with five goals and freshman goalie Nick Marrocco made 18 saves as the host Hoyas (8-4, 3-1 Big East) beat the Wildcats (5-6, 0-3) to clinch a conference playoff spot.
No. 2 North Carolina 15, No. 6 Syracuse 8: Sammy Jo Tracy had a hat trick to lead the host Tar Heels (12-2, 5-1 ACC) past the Orange (9-6, 2-4).