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Lacrosse roundup (Feb. 28): Towson women upset No. 20 Loyola Maryland, 9-5

Kaitlyn Montalbano, Michelle Gildea and Michaela Duranti had two goals each to lead the Towson women's lacrosse team (4-0) over No. 20 Loyola Maryland, 9-5, in the Greyhounds' home opener on Sunday.

Maddy Blakeman led Loyola (1-3) with two goals and Margaret Filippelli added one goal and one assist. Molly Wolf (Bryn Mawr), who finished with a game-high 10 saves, made two saves while the Greyhounds played a man down early in the first half before Montalbano scored the game's first goal at the 15:45 mark.

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Megan Whittle (McDonogh) scored four goals as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (3-0) beat No. 5 host North Carolina, 8-7, on Saturday.

The Tigers went ahead 3-0 with 10:41 left to go in the first half, but Loyola scored three in a row in the final 5:34 to tie the game at halftime. Gildea regained the lead for Towson less than one minute into the second half, but Filippelli won the ensuing draw and found Blakeman for a fast-break goal 11 seconds later to tie the game at 4.

Towson used another 3-0 run to take a 7-4 lead with 16:29 to play. Hannah Savage scored with 15:21 left to cut the Greyhounds' deficit to 7-5, but the Tigers scored two more goals to seal the win.

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Nation men

No. 3 Syracuse 9, Army West Point 8: The Black Knights (2-2) used a late rally to tie the game at 8 in the closing minutes, but Tim Barber scored the winning goal with 3:27 remaining to help the Orange (3-0) hang on.

Warren Hill made a career-high 10 saves, including deflecting a shot off the post with five seconds to go, and Derek DeJoe and Sergio Salcido each scored two goals for Syracuse.

A sun-soaked announced crowd of 3,605 watched the Blue Jays (1-2) fall into a 4-0 hole before the end of the first quarter

No. 11 Virginia 15, Pennsylvania 10: James Pannell led No. 10 Virginia (2-2) with three goals and two assists as the Cavaliers defeated the visiting Quakers (1-1).

Leading 6-5 at halftime, Virginia used a 5-0 run to start the third quarter to take an 11-5 lead.

No. 2 Denver 16, Dartmouth 6: Tyler Pace scored three goals and three assists for a career-high six points and was named the Faceoff Classic Most Valuable Player after the host Pioneers defeated the Big Green.

Denver earned its second straight win by a margin of at least 10 goals and had its third straight game in which at least 10 players scored.

Air Force 13, Sacred Heart 10: The Pioneers (2-3) used a 7-2 run in the second half to close within two goals of the Falcons (3-2), but fell in their second game of the Faceoff Classic.

Austin Smith led Air Force with three goals and Chris Walsch had two goals and two assists.

Nation women

No. 2 Syracuse 16, No. 7 Northwestern 12: Kayla Treanor scored four goals to lift the Orange (5-0) over the visiting Wildcats.

With the score tied at 8 with 23:41 remaining, Syracuse used a 5-0 run to pull away for good.

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Sheila Nesselbush scored four goals for Northwestern.

No. 12 Duke 12, No. 16 Pennsylvania 6: Maddy Acton and Kelci Smesko each scored hat tricks and the Blue Devils (3-3) rebounded from two straight losses to defeat the Quakers (1-1).

Leading 7-6 early in the second half, Duke used a 5-0 run to seal the victory.

No. 8 Stony Brook 18, Bryant 4: Kylie Ohlmiller tied a career-high with five goals and the visiting Seawolves (1-0) routed the Bulldogs (2-2).

Kristin Yevoli had three goals in seven minutes in the second half for the Seawolves.

No. 18 Ohio State 16, Duquesne 6: Cian Dabrowski scored five goals to power the Buckeyes (3-1) over the host Dukes (1-2).

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