Nation roundup (Feb. 20): No. 2 Denver men top Duke, 14-12, to extend winning streak to 15 games


The defending NCAA Division I champion Denver men's lacrosse team held on to beat No. 3 Duke, 14-12, at the Cobb County Classic in Kennesaw, Ga., on Saturday.

Connor Cannizzaro, a transfer from Maryland, had a hat trick, all in the second half, to lead the No. 2 Pioneers (2-0) in scoring, while Tyler Pace and Colin Woolford scored the final two goals of the game to put Denver up for good for its second consecutive win over the Blue Devils.


Deemer Class (Loyola Blakefield) had a game-high four goals for Duke (2-1). The Pioneers extended their winning streak to 15 games.

No. 1 Notre Dame 12, No. 14 Georgetown 7: Sergio Perkovic scored four goals and Mikey Wynne (St. Paul's) had a hat trick to lead the Fighting Irish past the Hoyas in the season opener for both teams at the Cobb County Classic.

Notre Dame opened with a 4-0 run and closed the game on a 3-1 run.

Hofstra 10, No. 8 North Carolina 5: Sam Llinares scored five goals and Josh Byrne added four goals as the visiting Pride (1-0) upset the Tar Heels (2-1).

Hofstra's defense limited North Carolina to one goal in the first three quarters. The Pride outshot the Tar Heels 35-25.

Hofstra recorded its biggest win over a ranked opponent since an 8-7 victory at then-No. 2 Notre Dame on March 9, 2013. The Tar Heels suffered their biggest margin of defeat since a 15-10 loss to Virginia in 2012.

No. 9 Yale 17, Massachusetts-Lowell 7: Ben Reeves scored four goals to power the Bulldogs (1-0) past the host River Hawks (0-2).

Yale took a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and a 7-2 lead at the break.

No. 10 Brown 20, Quinnipiac 7: All-America attackman Dylan Molloy scored five goals to lead the Bears (1-0) past the host Bobcats (0-1).

Massachusetts 16, No. 11 Ohio State 9: The host Minutemen (1-1) used three 4-0 runs to pull away and upset the Buckeyes (2-1).

Massachusetts trailed 4-2 after the first quarter before going on the first 4-0 run. Gianni Bianchin scored two of the goals during that run. The second 4-0 run broke a 7-all tie. Buddy Carr (four goals) started the run with 10:30 left in the third quarter. And the final run increased the Minutemen's 12-9 lead over the final 9:25 of the game.

No. 12 Virginia 14, Drexel 7: Greg Coholan and AJ Fish each recorded a hat trick as the visiting Cavaliers (1-1) beat the Dragons (0-1).

"I thought early on we were generating a lot of opportunities, but we were still not scoring," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said.

No. 19 Penn State 8, No. 15 Cornell 7: Matt Florence scored the game-winner with 3:49 left as the Nittany Lions (3-0) upset the host Big Red (0-1).


Penn State used a 5-0 run in the third to build a 7-3 lead. Cornell answered with a 4-0 run in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 7 with 5:13 left.

John Edmondson had a hat trick for Cornell. Florence and TJ Sanders each scored twice for Penn State.

No. 18 Harvard 13, No. 20 Villanova 12, OT: Morgan Cheek scored the game-winner with 1:27 left in overtime as the host Crimson (1-0) beat the Wildcats (0-1).

Cheek and Joe Lang each finished with three goals. Christian Cuccinello had a hat trick for Villanova.

Harvard led 12-9 with 5:56 left in regulation before the Wildcats went on a 3-0 run to force overtime.


No. 10 Florida 16, No. 2 North Carolina 15: Sydney DuPre scored the eventual game-winner and the Gators (3-0) held on to upset the host Tar Heels (3-1).

DuPre's goal gave Florida a 16-13 lead with 3:55 left in the game. North Carolina scored twice over the final 1:23. Marie McCool scored with 54 seconds left to make it a one-goal game.

McCool finished with a game-high six goals and Sydney Pirreca had five goals for the Gators.

No. 4 Penn State 19, Duquesne 5: The host Nittany Lions (2-0) were led by a trio of four-goal scorers — Katie O'Donnell, Madison Carter (South River) and Madison Cyr (Winters Mill) — and beat the Dukes (1-1).

No. 12 Princeton 14, No. 5 Virginia 7: Olivia Hompe and Abby Finkelston each scored three goals and the host Tigers (1-0) scored seven goals in each half to upend the Cavaliers (1-1).

Posey Valis (McDonogh), Kelly Reese (Severn) and Besser Dyson each scored twice for Virginia.

No. 13 Penn 12, Delaware 10: Lely DeSimone scored three goals and the host Quakers (1-0) used a two-goal first-half lead to carry them past the Blue Hens (2-1).

Each team scored five goals in the second half.

No. 14 Louisville 14, Denver 3: Kaylin Morissette and Hannah Koloski each scored three goals to lead the host Cardinals (3-0) past the Pioneers (1-2).

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