March 24, 2010
NCAA Championships and Postseason Competition
- No. 1 seed Duke takes on fourth-seeded Purdue in a South Regional Semifinal Friday (9:57 pm). The Blue Devils advance to a regional semifinal for a second-straight season and 21st time overall, and have posted their highest win total (31) since 2005-06.
- Senior Blue Devil Jon Scheyer reached the 2,000-point career plateau in the win over Cal on Sunday, the 42nd player in ACC history to do so. Teammate Kyle Singler, just a junior, is two points shy of 1,700 career points. The Scheyer-Singler-Nolan Smith trio has combined for 20 points each in 15 games this season.
- The ACC had two teams advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Virginia Tech plays its quarterfinal game tonight against Rhode Island, (7:00; ESPN2). Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney leads the ACC in scoring (20.1) and free throw attempts per game (8.1) and is sixth in assists per game (4.5). The Hokies are 25-8 on the season after the win over UConn on Monday, tying the school-best mark for wins in a season which was set during the 1994-95 season: 25-10 and winner of the NIT championship.
- North Carolina won at UAB 60-55 on Tuesday night in its quarterfinal game. The Tar Heels will face the winner of the Virginia Tech/Rhode Island game in the semifinals on Tuesday, March 30 at Madison Square Garden next week.
- Sixth-ranked and second-seeded Duke (29-5) advanced to its 12th NCAA Regional over the last 13 years as the Blue Devils downed 21st-ranked and seventh-seeded LSU, 60-52, on Monday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils moved to 42-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, improved to 16-1 this season at home, a mark that matched a school-record for number of home victories in 2009-10.
- Jacinta Monroe scored third-seeded and 11th-ranked Florida State's final four points of regulation to spark a last-ditch rally, then scored the game-winner with 28.9 seconds left as the Seminoles beat six-seeded and 15th-ranked St. John's, 66-65, in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament on Monday night, a game featuring 19 ties and 19 lead changes. The Seminoles, who improved to 7-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, will make their second-only Sweet Sixteen appearance (2007).
- Senior Lori Bjork posted a game-high 20 points to lead her Maryland squad to its second consecutive 35-point victory. The Terrapins defeated East Carolina 87-52, to advance to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament Third Round. The Terps are now 6-0 this season against opponents they have met for the first time this season and have scored at least 80 points in three of their last four games.
- The 2009-10 University of Miami women’s basketball team became the first team in program history to win consecutive postseason games, when it defeated the Florida Gators, 77-64, on March 21, in the second round of the WNIT at the BankUnited Center. Miami’s 19 wins on the season is the most under head coach Katie Meier in her five year tenure and is the most for the program since the 2002-03 campaign, when UM went 22-7.
- Last year, Boston College junior center Carolyn Swords led the country in field goal percentage (67.8) and is poised to do so again this year. She concluded the season leading the nation with a 66.4 shooting percentage.
- Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie, in just her third year at the helm of the Blue Devils, was selected as 2010 ACC Coach of the Year. The ACC is the fourth league in which McCallie, who previously spent time at Maine and Michigan State, has won a coach of the year award. McCallie was a two-time (95 & 96) winner while Maine was aligned with the North Atlantic Conference, and won again in ‘99 when Maine was a member of the America East Conference. In ‘05, McCallie was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year while with the Spartans.
- Monica Wright began the season chasing Virginia’s all-time scoring record (2,135 by Dawn Staley, ‘89-92). Wright entered her senior campaign with 1,806 points and on Dec. 20, became the third Cavalier in school history to amass at least 2,000 career points. Staley (2,135) and Heather Burge (2,058) were the other two. Wright currently sits as the third-highest all-time scorer in the history of the ACC and No. 1 in UVa annals (2,506 pts) and needs 181 to reach Duke’s Alana Beard (2,687) for second.
- For the eighth-straight year, the ACC was represented by at least six teams in the NCAA Tournament Field of 64, while the addition of three programs to the WNIT gave the league nine postseason teams for the fifth time overall, first since 2006 and third time in the last seven years.
- Five Atlantic Coast Conference wrestlers earned All-America recognition during the NCAA Championships, which concluded Saturday evening at Omaha, Neb. ACC Wrestlers placing among the top eight and earning All-America status in their weight classes included Virginia junior Chris Henrich (third at 174 pounds), Maryland seniors Taylor Hudson (fourth at 197) and Steven Bell (eighth at 133), Duke senior Konrad Dudziak (fourth at 285) and Virginia Tech junior Chris Diaz (eighth at 141). Henrich, Taylor, Bell and Dudziak are repeat All-America honorees from 2009. The ACC has seen a total of 11 wrestlers earn All-America recognition over the past two seasons.
- The first two-time All-American in program history, Virginia’s Henrich finished his standout season with a 35-3 record, including a 5-1 record this year at the NCAA Championships. He became the fourth Virginia wrestler to earn a podium finish, joining Henry Jordan (second at heavyweight, 1957), Steve Garland (second at 125 pounds, 2000) and Scott Moore (third at 141 pounds, 2004). He also was the highest-placing wrestler from the ACC this season.
- Virginia senior Brent Jones earned the 2010 Gorrarian Trophy, which is presented to the wrestler who pinned the most opponents in the least amount of time at the championships. The award has been presented every year since 1961. Jones recorded a pair of pins in the competition and needed just one minute, 33 seconds to do so. He is the second Virginia wrestler to earn the coveted award, joining Scott Moore, who won the distinction in 2004. Jones is the seventh wrestler from an ACC school to claim the award.
- Henrich, the third seed at 174 pounds, clinched third place with a 10-1 major-decision domination of Nebraska's Stephen Dwyer, the No. 4 national seed. After taking a 2-1 lead into the second period, Henrich scored a two-point nearfall in the second period to grab a 4-1 advantage. He scored an early reversal in the third, then rode Dwyer for the rest of the period while securing a three-point nearfall in the process. He accumulated three minutes, 28 seconds of riding time to earn the riding time point in the 10-1 victory. With 101 career wins, Henrich is tied for seventh in career wins in Virginia history with Jason Mutarelli (1991-95) and needs just 16 wins next season to become Virginia's al-time wins leader.
- Maryland’s Taylor, who finished third at 197 in both 2008 and 2009, is Maryland’s first three-time All-American. Taylor defeated Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin on Satuday and lost to Cam Simaz of Cornell to finish fourth, while the Terps’ Bell fell in the seventh-place match, finishing eighth in his weight class.Taylor got a measure of revenge against the fifth-seeded Brandvold, who defeated Taylor earlier this year. The senior dominated the match from the onset, nearly ending it in the first period with a near-fall. Taylor led 5-0 after one period and didn’t allow Brandvold to score a point the entire match, advancing with a 10-0 major decision. Taylor finished the season 42-4 and leaves Maryland as the school’s all-time winningest wrestler with a 165-28 career record.
- Duke’s Dudziak closed out his season with an 18-2 overall record and earned All-America honors for the second consecutive season. He became the first wrestler in Duke program history to earn an All-America award when he finished as the national runner-up in 2009. He added a second accolade to the list this season, advancing to the national semifinals before taking fourth overall. In his final career match, Dudziak lost a narrow decision No. 3 seed Zachery Rey of Lehigh in overtime. Duke's most decorated wrester in program history, Dudziak closes out his career with a 78-18 overall record. His .813 winning percentage ranks fourth all-time at Duke.
Track & Field
- Virginia freshman Robby Andrews, Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison, and Florida State junior Kim Williams—all of whom earned individual titles at the recently concluded 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships—highlighted a list of eight individuals who were selected performer or coach of the year
- Andrews was selected in a vote by the 12 men’s head coaches as the 2010 ACC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year, while Harrison and Williams were picked by the 12 women’s head coaches as the 2010 ACC Women’s Indoor Track Performer and Field Performer of the Year, respectively.
- Also earning honors were Florida State sophomore Maurice Mitchell (track), North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah (field), and North Carolina’s Dennis Craddock (coach) on the men’s side, and Brianna Rollins (freshman) and Lawrence Johnson (coach) of Clemson on the women’s side.
Swimming & Diving
- Virginia finished ninth at the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship to pace five ACC teams in the top 30. Team results for league squads were 9-Virginia, 151; 20-North Carolina, 42; 24-Virginia Tech, 26; T25-Maryland, 24; T28-Duke, 21; 44- Florida State, 4.
- In all, 27 of the 38 ACC student-athletes competing earned All-America or honorable mentions in at least one event. Virginia’s Lauren Perdue (6) and Mei Christensen (5) led the ACC performers in All-America honors, including participating on three Cavalier relay teams earning All-America honors.
- The Atlantic Coast Conference will be represented by 27 student-athletes who earned invitation’s to this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship, held from Thursday-Saturday, March 25-27 at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion on the campus of host Ohio State University in Columbus. The ACC’s 27 performers are representing seven teams and combined to earn 77 invitations for competition in individual events.
- The Cavaliers, along with North Carolina, lead all league teams with eight individual invitations. Additionally, Virginia will be competing in a trio of relay events, the 400 and 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays, while the Tar Heels qualified for the 400 and 800-yard freestyle relay. Following Virginia and North Carolina are Florida State and Virginia Tech with five and three invitations, respectively. Duke, Georgia Tech, and Miami have one qualifier each.
Men’s Ice Hockey
- Boston College won its ninth Hockey East crown on Saturday and secured a No. 1 regional seed in the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Tournament. This is BC’s 29th NCAA Tournament appearance, including its 11th in the last 13 years. The Eagles have 25 wins on the season for the 10th time in the last 13 years.
- Five Duke fencers qualified for the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships, which take place on March 25-28 in Boston, Mass., on the campus of Harvard University. It marks the sixth time in the last seven years that at least four Blue Devils have earned bids to the NCAAs.
- Representing Duke will be defending NCAA Women’s Saber Champion Becca Ward and three-time NCAA Men’s Foil qualifier Dorian Cohen. Also making their first trip to the national championships are men’s epee Tristan Jones, men’s foil Anthony Lin and women’s epee Emily D’Agostino.
- Clemson’s Casey Harman has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week ... Harman pitched 7.1 near-perfect innings in Clemson’s 3-0 win over hot-hitting Virginia Tech last Friday night ... Harman took a no-hitter into the sixth, when he gave up a two-out single up the middle ... He allowed just one hit, no runs with three walks with four strikeouts to earn the win against a team that entered the game with a .354 batting average and averaging over nine runs per game.
- Junior Phil Gosselin was the table setter for top-ranked Virginia’s 5-0 week ... The Cavaliers’ leadoff hitter recorded an .826 on base percentage while reaching base in 19-of-23 plate appearances (plus one sacrifice bunt) ... Gosselin reached base safely to lead off three of the games and finished the week with 10 walks, including five in the win over James Madison, where he reached base in all six of his plate appearances (one HBP) ... Over the weekend against Boston College, Gosselin had three straight multiple-hit games and was 7-for-10 at the plate while reaching base safely in all but three of his plate appearances.
- Georgia Tech junior shortstop Derek Dietrich homered in every game of the Yellow Jackets’ weekend series at Maryland and now has four on the year ... Senior first baseman Tony Plagman hit the 42nd homer of his career on Sunday and continues to move up Georgia Tech’s all-time charts, where he currently sits in a three-way tie for sixth place ... five players homered in Sunday’s road win at Maryland ... The Yellow Jackets’ Jay Dantzler delivered four hits, four runs, six at-bats, eight RBI and two home runs - all career highs - in Saturday’s 24-4 road win over the Terps ... The eight RBIs were the most by any ACC player in a single game this season.
- Junior catcher Chris Schaeffer leads NC State in batting (.426) ... Schaeffer has four doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs ... Kyle Wilson is hitting .419 with five doubles, a home run, 10 steals, 30 runs scored and 12 RBIs ... Senior second baseman Dallas Poulk is hitting .400 with nine doubles, six home runs, 34 runs scored and 34 RBI ... Poulk leads the team in doubles, home runs, runs scored and RBIs .. Andrew Ciencin checks in at .384 with eight doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI
- Maryland sophomore Kendra Knight and Georgia Tech freshman Hope Rush each through their first career no-hitter last week. Knight allowed an unearned run in a 9-1 victory over Columbia (Mar. 17) at the Florida Rebel Games, while Rush shut out No. 20/16 North Carolina, 5-0, in the rubber match of a three-game series. The no-hitters were the ninth and 10th in the ACC this season.
- The ACC has three teams—Florida State, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina—that are ranked in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 Polls. All three teams have been ranked in both polls in all seven editions of each pool, including the preseason.
- The ACC is a collective 127-67 against non-conference competition with perfect records against 10 other conferences and an impressive 11-14 slate against ranked non-conference opponents.
- Virginia senior utility player Nicole Koren lofted a two-run home run in the first inning of a 2-1 victory over No. 2/2 Arizona (Mar. 21) at the Judi Garman Invitational, marking a win against the highest-ranked opponent for the ACC this season. The Cavaliers also posted a 10-4 win against No. 23/RV Louisiana – Lafayette (Mar. 18) in the first game of the tournament, and are tied with North Carolina with three wins against ranked non-conference teams this season.
- Six of eight league teams ended last week with a win, including Maryland is riding the longest active win streak in the conference at seven games.
- The Wednesday, March 24 schedule marks a pair of games between ranked opponents. No. 20/18 Florida State will travel to Athens, Ga. looking for a victory over No. 10/7 Georgia at 5 p.m., while No. 11/9 Georgia Tech will visit No. 19/17 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas at 7:30 p.m. (EST). This weekend pits four ACC series match-ups with conference doubleheaders on Saturday, March 27 and single games on Sunday, March 28. Boston College will visit the Seminoles, Maryland will visit the Yellow Jackets, North Carolina will host NC State in a Tobacco Road series, and Virginia Tech will host Virginia in an all-Commonwealth slate.
- ACC teams have scored in the first inning of a game 79 times and are 71-8 in such games, and are 122-12 when scoring first.
- Clemson captured its first win of the season at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C., played March 19-21. Ben Martin earned his first career win, claiming co-medalist honors. It was the 60th career win for Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley
- Virginia continued its streak of top-five finishes with a third-place showing at the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational, played March 19-21 in Statesboro, Ga. Virginia has placed in the top five of all seven tournaments this season.
- Four ACC teams ranked in the Top-25 of the March 22 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Florida State #8, #15 Clemson, #20 Georgia Tech and Virginia #25.
- Duke, Wake Forest and NC State ranked 32nd, 38th and 39th respectively.
- Four ACC players ranked in the Top-15 of the March 22 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Florida State’s Brooks Koepka ranked #2, #7 J. T. Griffin, Georgia Tech, #9 Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest and #14 Ben Kohles, Virginia. Seath Lauer, Florida State ranked #38, Georgia Tech’s James White #42 and Clemson’s Ben Martin ranked #44.
- Led by individual champion Lacey Agnew, the Florida State women’s golf team placed three players in the top four of the individual standings and earned the team championship, 863 (-1), at the Pinehurst Challenge, played March 22-23 at Pinehurst #6, Pinehurst, N.C. The individual championship marked the first of Agnew’s career and the team championship marked the second of the year for the Seminoles and the first under interim head coach Kate Golden.
- In their first tournament playing as a team the Maryland women’s golf squad finished second out of 18 teams with an 896 (+32) at the Pinehurst Challenge. Freshman Christine Shimel led the team, also finishing second, with a two-under-par 214. It was Maryland’s best finish at the tournament since claiming the crown in the 2006 spring tournament season.
- In the March 22 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, three teams ranked in the Top 20, Duke #6, Virginia #16 and Wake Forest #18. Florida State ranked #29, and North Carolina #32.
- Duke freshman, Lindy Duncan ranked #14 individually in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of March 22. North Carolina’s Catherine O’Donnell ranked #39, Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest ranked #43, Virginia’s Brittany Altomare ranked #45 and Alison Whitaker, Duke ranked #47.
- Boston College’s Thomas Nolan entered the week having stretched his consecutive match winning streak to 12 matches. Nolan has not lost since February 26 against Harvard. Nolan and doubles partner Erik Kreutzer have won eight straight doubles matches at the number one spot and haven’t lost in over a month.
- Florida State’s Connor Smith clinched last week’s win over Clemson with a strong 6-2, 6-2 win on court four. This marks Smith 11th win of the season to lead the Seminole freshmen. Smith and senior Vahid Mirzadeh won their 10th match of the season on court one in doubles. Smith is now 4-0 in singles in ACC play. He and teammate Mirzadeh are the only players in the ACC to post a 4-0 record so far this season.
- Miami’s Carl Sundberg went undefeated last weekend in both singles and doubles play. He won his second match versus a ranked opponent this season, knocking off Kentucky’s 34th-ranked Alex Musialek, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at the No. 2 position before cruising past his opponent from Princeton in straight sets on the next day. In addition, the All-American paired with teammate Barnabas Carrega to go undefeated in doubles competition.
- North Carolina’s Brennan Boyajian, ranked #106 in the country by the most recent ITA rankings, has been a solid performer for the Tar Heels all year. He helped UNC to its fifth and sixth straight wins last week with four victories. Against N.C. State, his convincing wins at No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles were critical to the Tar Heels’ first ACC victory. In the most recent match, against #56 Auburn, Boyajian’s inspired play were keys to starting Carolina’s comeback. He again cruised to an easy doubles victory with partner Ryan Noble over the strong Auburn duo of Andreas Mies and Michel Monteiro. In his singles match, he helped set the tone for the Heels, grabbing the first singles victory against Lucas Lopasso 6-3, 6-2.
- Virginia Tech sophomore Luka Somen, ranked No. 67 nationally, defeated No. 82 Christopher Aumueller of No. 25 Nebraska and No. 124 Tommy Laine of No. 62 Maryland to help the Hokies to a 2-0 sweep of ranked foes last week. Somen improved his dual match record to 10-2.
- Miami’s Laura Vallverdu, ranked No. 7 nationally in this week’s Campbell/ITA singles poll, picked up her seventh consecutive singles win on Friday, turning in a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 victory over FSU’s Lauren McCreless, ranked No. 27, at the No. 1 singles position. In the process, Vallverdu raised her 2009-10 record to 22-8 (10-2 dual), while staying perfect on the year at 3-0 against ACC opponents. In doubles play, Vallverdu teamed with Gabriela Mejia for an 8-1 decision over FSU’s Rybakova and Suess at No. 1 doubles. The team of Mejia and Vallverdu are 15-4 overall (4-3 dual), while sitting ranked No. 7 in the nation. In singles play, Vallverdu is 13-7 against nationally ranked opponents on the campaign.
- North Carolina moved back atop the Campbell’s/ITA team rankings this week, and the ACC as a whole continues to be well represented. Duke (No. 8) and Clemson (No. 9) join the Tar Heels to give the conference three teams among the Top 10. Miami is ranked 11th and Georgia Tech leaped 23 spots to No. 13 following its wins over No. 12 Georgia and No. 17 Vanderbilt.
- Florida State holds the No. 17 spot in this week’s poll. NC State (26th - up from No. 40 last week) just missed the Top 25, and Virginia holds the No. 30 spot.
- The ACC boasts three of the top four teams in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top 25 Men’s Lacrosse preseason poll, and four of the top seven. Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland rank Nos. one, three and four, respectively, while Duke is ranked No. 7 in this week’s poll.
- The league also owns three undefeated men’s lacrosse programs, while there are only four teams in the country that can boast the claim. The only non-ACC school to be undefeated at this point in the season is Lafayette (6-0) of the Patriot league.
- Maryland junior Grant Catalino totaled 13 points last week on six goals and seven assists as the fourth-ranked Terrapins cruised to a pair of wins over Penn and UMBC. Catalino tied his career-high with four assists in victory over Penn, and then went on to tie his career-best with seven points at UMBC. Catalino now has 118 points, which places him second in career scoring since 2002 when Dave Cottle became the Maryland head coach (trailing only Joe Walters 227 points).
- Duke junior attackman Zach Howell registered a career-best seven points to lift Duke to a 20-11 win over Penn State last weekend. Howell tallied a career-high five goals and added two helpers for the seven points. He currently ranks second on the team in goals and third in overall points.
- Senior midfielder Brian Carroll of Virginia scored seven goals, two assists for nine points on a 2-0 week over Towson and Vermont. Carroll picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers in helping UVa remain flawless and improve to an 8-0 record. Carroll matched a career-high with five goals against Vermont - helping separating Virginia from Vermont early on. In addition, he scored his seven goals on 11 total shots during the week.
- North Carolina sophomore Jimmy Dunster combined for nine points on four goals and five assists as the Tar Heels claimed two wins, including a one-goal decision over nationally-ranked Princeton, and improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1993. Against the fifth-ranked Tigers, Dunster scored twice and registered career-highs of three assists and five points in leading the No. 4 Tar Heels to a 12-11 edging of Princeton in a battle of top-five teams (March 16). Dunster’s second assist of the day led to Cryder DiPietro’s game-winning goal with just 2:10 remaining. The Cos Cob, Conn., native added two scores and a pair of assists in North Carolina’s 15-6 rout of Dartmouth (March 19), and was one of 10 Tar Heels to score and one of nine to record an assist.
- The ACC is one of only three leagues in the nation to claim four schools in the IWLCA Top 20 poll; however, no other conference can boast all four of their representatives as top-five selectees.
- Karri Ellen Johnson, a sophomore attacker, led Maryland to two victories on the week, topping No. 7 Georgetown and sliding past league-foe Boston College to gain sole possession of first place in the ACC standings. The Tewaaraton watch list nominee scored seven goals on the day, including five against Georgetown. The Annapolis, Md., native also tallied six draw controls and caused three turnovers for No. 2 Maryland.
- Lindsey Gilbride helped 6th-ranked Duke improve to 9-1 with a pair of wins over ACC opponent Virginia Tech and Navy last week. The senior midfielder tallied five goals against the Hokies and added four goals in the home victory over Patriot league’s Navy. In addition, Gilbride added two assists and three ground balls for the week.
- Megan Bosica led all scorers with four goals and one assist in fourth-ranked North Carolina’s 13-6 win at seventh-ranked Georgetown last weekend in Washington D.C. The senior midfielder scored two of UNC’s six goals in a 6-0 second-half run that blew open a close game and gave the Tar Heels a 12-5 lead as Carolina improved to 7-1 this season.
- Virginia’s Brittany Kalkstein scored five goals and accounted for seven points in a pair of victories on the road last week over nationally ranked opponents. The senior midfielder scored once and collected five ground balls in a 14-7 win at No. 18 William & Mary (March 17), and followed with a career-day against No. 13 Princeton (March 20). The Baltimore, Md., native tallied a career-high six points on four goals and two assists in another 14-7 win for the sixth-ranked Cavaliers. Kalkstein combined for seven points on five goals and two assists, a team-high seven forced turnovers, four draw controls, and five ground balls for the week.
- Clemson Won its four races at the Clemson Sprints on Lake Hartwell. The Tigers competed against Alabama, Indiana, Marist and Purdue in a regatta that featured six 2000 meter races.
- The third-ranked Virginia rowing team swept five races against Bucknell in the spring season opener on the Rivanna Reservoir.