Sophomore attackman Christian Walsh (Boys' Latin) had a career-high four goals and two assists Sunday as No. 5 Duke rallied from a 4-2 halftime deficit to defeat No. 7 North Carolina, 12-9, and win the Atlantic Coast Conference men's lacrosse championship on a cold and rainy afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.
It was the Blue Devils' seventh ACC title in the tournament era and its fourth in the past six years.
Sophomore Jordan Wolf added two goals and two assists, while Jake Tripucka and Robert Rotanz had a pair of goals each. Stephen Coyle scored his first points of the year with a goal and an assist. The Tar Heels (10-5, 1-2 ACC) were led by three goals from Chad Tutton.
Duke (13-3, 2-1) has won 10 straight games, its second-longest streak under coach John Danowski.
The fourth quarter was a shootout, with the teams combining for nine goals on just 23 shots. The Blue Devils scored on five of their 10 shots in the fourth quarter after connecting on just seven of 33 in the three quarters first three.
No. 20 Bryant 21, Wagner 3: Eighteen different Bulldogs recorded a point as Bryant (12-3, 4-0 Northeast Conference) easily handled the visiting Seahawks (1-12, 1-3). Bryant was up 18-1 after the first three quarters.
St. Mary's 14, Marymount (Va.) 5: Junior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston) and freshman Will Lerch (Calverton) each tallied four points as the third-seeded Seahawks (10-5) advanced to their fourth straight Capital Athletic Conference semifinals.
The Seahawks (10-5) will visit second-seeded Stevenson (13-3) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Lerch recorded his third hat trick of the season and added an assist, while Mull scored once and dished out three assists.
The Seahawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter as Lerch and Mull each collected a goal and an assist. St. Mary's extended its lead to 6-1 at 13:05 of the second quarter with goals from Lerch and first-year attacker attackman Matt Tarrant (Urbana) in a 35-second span. Carson struck again at 6:19 to cut the lead to 6-2. Cook picked up one of his two goals on the day at 2:15 to send St. Mary's into halftime with a 7-2 advantage.
No. 15 Loyola 20, Villanova 9: The host Greyhounds (10-5, 6-0 Big East Conference) clinched a bid to the conference tournament with a 20-9 win over the Wildcats (4-10, 2-4). Loyola has now won 10 games in a season 23 times in program history, including four straight seasons under coach Jen Adams.
Marlee Paton led all players with six points on four goals and two assists. Fifteen of the Greyhounds' season-high 20 goals were scored by members of the freshman class. Hannah Schmitt had led the freshmen with four goals, and classmate Annie Thomas (John Carroll) had three goals and two assists.
For Villanova, Justine Donodeo had led the way with two goals and one assist and Annie Fallon had one goal and two assists.
No. 2 Syracuse 22, Cincinnati 5: Ten players scored for the Orange (13-2, 6-0 Big East), which routed the host Bearcats (3-11, 0-7) to win its 12th consecutive game, equaling the program's longest winning streak.
Syracuse was led by Michelle Tumolo, who had a career-high five assists and became just the second Orange player in school history to record 100.
No. 9 Massachusetts 13, Temple 7: Jesse O'Donnell scored six goals and two assists to lead the Minutewomen (16-1, 7-0 Atlantic 10) past the visiting Owls.