#ACCMLAX in NCAA First Round: Three Teams Advance to Quarterfinals

 North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse advance to quarterfinals in Saturday and Sunday action.

Carolina Offense Excels In NCAA First Round Win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Third-seeded North Carolina outscored Patriot League champion Colgate 8-2 in the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 19-12 first round win over the Raiders in the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Fetzer Field Sunday evening.

With the victory the Tar Heels advance to the NCAA quarterfinals where they will meet sixth-seeded Maryland on Sunday, May 17 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Tar Heels will be looking to avenge a 10-8 loss to the Terrapins on March 21 and earn their first trip to Championship Weekend since 1993.

Coach Joe Breschi’s team trailed 4-3 at the end of the first quarter but the Tar Heels came out and scored seven of the first eight goals of the second quarter, eventually gaining an 11-6 halftime lead. The Tar Heels extended their lead to seven goals in the third quarter before a four-goal run by the Raiders pulled them within 15-12 with 13:37 to play.

Carolina righted the ship and scored the last four goals of the game to pull away for the 19-12 victory. It was the most goals scored by the Tar Heels in an NCAA Tournament game since UNC beat Syracuse 19-13 in the NCAA semifinals in 1991 at the Carrier Dome.

It proved to be another record-setting game for Tar Heel players as the attack trio of Luke Goldstock, Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey combined for 10 goals and six assists. MidfieldersWalker Chafee and Steve Pontrello both had career highs for points in a game, Patrick Kelly got on the scoreboard for the first time since the Harvard game with a goal and an assist and defensemanZach Powers scored his first career goal as multiple Tar Heels got in on the offensive act.

Notre Dame's Balanced Scoring Keys 12-10 Victory Over Towson

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Unfazed by a four-goal deficit late in the second quarter, the University of Notre Dame men's lacrosse team rattled off six unanswered goals in a span of just under eight minutes as the top-seeded Irish defeated Towson 12-10 in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship at Arlotta Stadium on Saturday. Senior attackman Conor Doyle scored three goals and dished off two assists in leading Notre Dame to its straight NCAA Championship quarterfinal appearance.

The Irish (11-2) will face Albany (16-2) in the quarterfinals next Saturday, May 16 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The contest will be a rematch of a quarterfinal game between the two schools in Hempstead, New York in 2014. Last year, Notre Dame rallied in that contest to defeat the Great Danes in a 14-13 overtime thriller.

"It is like I said to the team right after the game, you don't get to play the game you had hoped to play," head coach Kevin Corrigan said. "You have to play the one you are in. Certainly that wasn't the way we hoped to start the game, but a lot of credit goes to Towson. I thought they played very well, particularly in the first half.

Towson (12-6) came into the game riding a three-game win streak and grabbed the momentum early to jump out to 6-2 advantage with 2:50 remaining in the second quarter. Winners of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship, the Tigers advanced to the first round after defeating High Point on Wednesday night at home in a play-in game.

After Doyle netted his 25th goal of the season 43 seconds into the contest, Towson scored the next four goals of the game.

Evans, Rice Lead Orange Into NCAA Quarters

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior attackman Kevin Rice (Skaneateles, N.Y.) tallied a career-high nine points to power second-seeded Syracuse (13-2) to a 20-8 victory over Marist (14-4) in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, May 10 at the Carrier Dome.

Rice scored four goals and passed out five assists. He had two goals and three assists in the third quarter alone, factoring in five of Syracuse's six goals in the period to help break open the game.

Rice's point total tied Matt Riter and Gary Gait for third on SU's single-game NCAA scoring list, and were the most points for an Orange player in a postseason game since Riter had seven goals and two assists versus Hofstra in 1993.

With the victory, the Orange improved to 11-4 in first-round NCAA games and advanced to the quarterfinal round for the 31st time in school history. Syracuse will face Big Ten champion Johns Hopkins at noon on Sunday, May 17 at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The Blue Jays advanced by beating seventh-seeded Virginia this afternoon, 19-7.

"I'd first like to congratulate Marist on their season," SU head coach John Desko said. "To win their conference and the (NCAA) play-in game, I thought they did a great job. We watched them on film for most of the week and I really thought they put 10 players out there that were going to be all we could handle."

No. 7 Seed Virginia Falls in NCAA First Round to Johns Hopkins

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (10-6) used an 11-0 run over the first and second quarters to eliminate the No. 7 seed Virginia Cavaliers (10-5) in the NCAA Tournament's First Round, 19-7, Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.

Johns Hopkins started the game's scoring at the 11:13 mark in the first quarter on a Cody Radziewicz goal. UVa's Greg Coholan scored at 9:22 on a Ryan Lukacovic helper, tying the game at 1-1. John Crawley's unassisted goal at 8:51 in the first quarter started an 11-0 run by the Blue Jays, as UVa was held scoreless for 22:55. A man-up goal by Shack Stanwick at 3:12 in the second quarter on a Connor Reed helper capped the run.

Ohio State Defeats Duke, 16-11

DURHAM, N.C. – Senior midfielder David Planning scored six goals to lead visiting Ohio State to a 16-11 win over fifth-seeded Duke in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday night at Koskinen Stadium.

Duke (12-6) concludes its season as the program’s eight-game winning streak in NCAA Tournament action came to an end. The Blue Devils will miss playing on Memorial Day Weekend for the first time since 2006.

After trailing 2-1 after one period, Ohio State outscored the Blue Devils by a 6-1 margin in the second quarter to claim a 7-3 lead at intermission. Planning then scored just 48 seconds into the third quarter to push the lead to 8-3.