Men's lacrosse roundup: No. 1 Notre Dame edges No. 2 UNC; No. 3 Terps rally, win in OT
From Sun staff reports|
Apr 19, 2015 at 2:08 AM
Matt Kavanagh scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left to lift No. 1 Notre Dame over No. 2 North Carolina, 15-14, on Saturday.
The victory clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title for the Fighting Irish, who have won six straight games, all against ranked opponents. Notre Dame will face Duke at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the ACC tournament at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Notre Dame (9-1, 4-0 ACC) trailed 14-12 late in the game when Kavanagh raced toward the goal and was shoved by North Carolina's Evan Connell, resulting in a 2-minute nonreleasable penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The host Fighting Irish scored three goals in the final 1:15. Kavanagh scored the first one and Sergio Perkovic tied the game with 33 seconds remaining. Kavanagh's fourth goal of the game was the winner. Jim Marlatt assisted on the final three goals.
North Carolina (12-2, 3-1) will meet Syracuse in Friday's second semifinal at 8 p.m. The title game will be at 1 p.m. next Sunday at PPL Park. Notre Dame is the defending ACC champion.
No. 5 Denver 13, Providence 9: Tewaaraton watch list member Wesley Berg had three goals and two assists to lead the host Pioneers (10-2, 4-0 Big East) past the Friars (4-9, 0-4).
Berg, the school's all-time points and goals leader, got the 24th hat trick of his career and fifth of the season.
Denver was scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 5-3 at the half, but the Pioneers opened the second half with a 6-1 run in the third quarter.
No. 6 Duke 15, No. 15 Marquette 8: Tanner Scott had a career-high four points (three goals, one assist) to lead the Blue Devils (10-4) past the host Golden Eagles (10-4).
Myles Jones and Justin Guterding scored three goals apiece. It is the 10th time in 11 years the Blue Devils have had at least 10 wins. Guterding had four points as Duke's offensive starters accounted for 18 of the team's 22 points.
Ryan Lukacovic had a game-high four goals for Virginia.
"I thought the difference was the play in the middle of the field," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "We started to pick the ball off the ground."
No. 3 Maryland 10, No. 11 Ohio State 9, OT: Jay Carlson (St. Paul's) scored the game-winner with 49 seconds left in overtime to cap a five-goal rally as the Terps (12-1, 4-0 Big East) beat the host Buckeyes (10-4, 3-1).
The Terps clinched at least a share of the inaugural Big Ten regular-season title.
With the Terps trailing 9-5 with 4:22 to play, Matt Rambo scored. Henry West scored 1:08 later on a pass from Joe LoCascio to make it 9-7. LoCascio took advantage of an Ohio State delay-of-game penalty to score with 1:34 remaining. Andrew Walsh won the faceoff, setting the stage for the tying goal 25 seconds later by Colin Heacock (Boys' Latin).
Bryant 8, Mount St. Mary's 6: The host Mount (4-9, 1-4 Northeast Conference) fell behind 4-0 after the first quarter and never recovered. Shane Morrill had two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs (6-8, 4-2). Mark Hojnoski scored twice for the Mount.
UMBC 13, UMass-Lowell 7: Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) scored five goals and goalie Ruston Souder (Chesapeake-AA) scored on a 90-yard heave to end the third quarter as the host Retrievers (5-7, 1-4 America East) beat the River Hawks (1-11, 0-6).
UMBC ended a two-game losing streak. The Retrievers trailed 2-1 before going on a 3-0 run to close out the first-quarter scoring.
Frostburg State 19, St. Mary's 8: The visiting Bobcats (16-2, 6-2 Capital Athletic Conference) bounced back from two straight losses and clinched the second seed in the league tournament by beating the Seahawks (5-7, 4-4).