The ACC Hot List: Wednesday, March 31

March 31, 2010

NCAA Championships and Postseason Competition

Basketball
  • Duke was one of only five schools in the country to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 -- Kentucky, Tennessee, Baylor and Xavier. Only three of those had both teams in the respective Elite Eight fields: Duke, Baylor and Kentucky. Of those, only the Duke men and Baylor women advanced to the Final Four.

Men’s Basketball

  • Five ACC players earned AP All-America honors this week. Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez and Duke’s Jon Scheyer were named second-team All-Americas, while Duke’s Kyle Singler, Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney and Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu received honorable mentions.
  • Duke advanced to the 2010 NCAA Final Four for the 15th time in school history (11th under head coach Mike Krzyzewski) and is the only No. 1 seed remaining in the field. The Blue Devils face West Virginia in the national semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, April 3, at approximately 8:45 p.m. on CBS.
  • Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith named to the South Regional All-Tournament team with Smith earning Most Outstanding Player honors.
  • Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski won their first NCAA Championship in Indianapolis in 1991.
  • The ACC has had at least one Final Four team in 19 of the last 23 years and in 24 of the last 30. Over the last 10 years (2001 through 2010), the ACC leads all conferences with nine Final Four appearances. Four ACC schools - Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina - have earned Final Four berths over that span. The next closest league is the Big Ten (7), then Big 12 (6), Big East (6), Pac-10 (4), C-USA (3), SEC (3), CAA (1), Horizon (1).
  • Since 1981, the ACC leads all conferences with nine NCAA titles, followed by five each for the Big East and SEC.
  • North Carolina edged Rhode Island 68-67 in overtime on Tuesday night to earn a spot against Dayton in the NIT Final on Thursday (7 p.m. on ESPN) in New York’s Madison Square Garden. North Carolina won the NIT title in 1971 and finished third in 1973.
  • The Tar Heels improve to 20-16, marking the 52nd 20-win season in school history.

Women’s Basketball

  • Virginia’s Monica Wright was named the National Defensive Player of the Year by the WBCA this week. She finished her career as the third-highest all-time scorer in the history of the ACC and No. 1 in UVa annals (2,506 pts).
  • Wright and Duke’s Jasmine Thomas were among those honored on the AP All-America teams this week. Wright was named first team, becoming the first Cavalier ever to earn first-team honors. Thomas earned third-team honors. A pair of Seminoles – Jacinta Monroe and Courtney Ward – received honorable mention.
  • Third-seeded FSU’s win over No. 7-seed Mississippi State in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 secured the school’s first-ever berth in the Elite Eight and gave Florida State its school-record 29th victory of the season, breaking the 1982 squad’s mark of 28. The Seminoles missed their first NCAA Final Four after falling to UConn on Tuesday night.
  • Miami followed the lead of Shenise Johnson, who posted a career-high 33 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season in the Canes’ 73-65 WNIT quarterfinal victory over Providence. With the win, UM will play at Michigan in its first-ever WNIT semifinal appearance, tonight (Wednesday, March 31) at 7 p.m.
  • Duke advanced to the NCAA regionals for the 12th time out of the last 13 years, and made its eighth NCAA regional final appearance over the last 13 years and the first under head coach Joanne P. McCallie. The Blue Devils posted an 8-4 record against ranked opponents this season, and has been listed in the top 25 of the AP poll for 205 straight weeks, which is the longest current streak in the ACC and third nationally.
  • Miami’s 21 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 2003 campaign, when the Canes went 22-7.

Swimming & Diving

  • The ACC had six teams finish in the top-30 (five in the top 25) at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship (Mar. 26-28) at McCorkle Aquatic Position on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. Virginia topped all league teams with a 10th-place finish (123 points), while North Carolina (15th, 76.5), Duke (18th, 52), and Florida State (19th, 49.5) finished among the top-25, giving the league a quartet of top-20 teams.
  • The Cavaliers’ 8th-place showing was the second consecutive top-10 finish for Virginia after coming in ninth a season ago, while the Tar Heels’ 15th-place finish was the program’s highest mark since 1996, when it also came in 15th.
  • The league’s lone NCAA champion was Duke freshman diver Nick McCrory. He became the first Blue Devil to win an NCAA title and gave the ACC a national champion for the fourth time in the last five years with a championship in the platform dive. He finished with 534.00 points. McCrory earned three All-America honors at the championship, with a second-place showing (459.15) in the three-meter dive and a fourth-place finish in the one-meter dive (411.60).
  • ACC men’s teams combined for 54 All-America performances by 23 student-athletes. Virginia junior Scot Robison was All-America in six events. All nine Tar Heels competing at the NCAA championship earned All-America honors.

Ice Hockey

  • Boston College won NCAA Tournament games over Alaska and Yale last weekend to earn a trip to the Frozen Four. It marks the school’s 22nd Frozen Four appearance and the ninth in the last 13 years.
  • The Eagles will face Miami (OH) in the national semifinals on Thursday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Frozen Four will be played at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
  • BC is now 26-4 in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Jerry York. Its senior class is 23-2 in four years of postseason competition, including the national title in 2008. BC was also the national champion in 1949 and 2001.

Gymnastics

  • North Carolina won the EAGL Championship in Durham, N.H. last weekend, edging the second-place NC State, 196.025-195.075. Maryland finished sixth in the championship with 194.200 points.
  • All three teams earned bids for the NCAA Regionals to be held April 10. North Carolina is the No. 6 seed in the Columbia (Mo.) Regional, marking its ninth straight appearance. Maryland will make its 16th regional appearance after claiming a No. 4 seed in the University Park (Pa.) Regional. NC State is also a No. 4 seed and will compete in the Morgantown (W.Va.) Regional. The Wolfpack is making its 17th regional appearance in the last 18 years. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Gainesville, Florida, April 22-24, hosted by the University of Florida.

Fencing

  • Competing at the 2010 NCAA Fencing Championships last week, Duke saw three of its five entries finish among the top 12 in their respective weapons to earn All-America honors. Duke sophomore Becca Ward took second place in the women's saber competition a year after claiming the title as a freshman. Emily D'Agostino collected 12 wins in the epee competition to claim a 12th-place finish in her first trip to the NCAA Championships. Junior Dorian Cohen was named an All-America for the second time in his career following an eighth-place finish in men's foil.

Regular-Season Competition 

Baseball
  • Boston College pitcher Pat Dean, pitching for the first time in over two weeks after taking last weekend off to rest his arm, started the game by pitching 3.1 perfect innings en route to an eventual 2-1 win over Duke on March 28 ... Duke got its lone run in the fourth inning when it pieced together three singles, but Dean regained his form and went on to retire 10 straight hitters from the fifth to eighth innings ... The Naugatuck, Conn. native only needed 92 pitches in his 9.0 innings of work, and 64 of them were strikes ... It second complete game of Dean’s career.
  • Duke’s Ryan McCurdy has been hit by a pitch 63 times during his career and has passed the old ACC mark of 61 HBPs set by Florida State’s Karl Jernigan (1998-2001) ... McCurdy has been hit by a pitch 16 times this season and sits on the brink of moving into the NCAA’s top-10 of all-time leaders in that category.
  • Maryland outfielder Brandon Padula entered the week with a 10-game hitting streak and leading the ACC in batting (.482) and in total hits (41).
  • Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal went 9-for-18 with six RBI and 16 total bases last week, recording multi-hit games in three of four games ... Grandal hit 9-for-14 in Miami’s series win at NC State over the weekend and reached base in 11-of-16 plate appearances against the Wolfpack.
  • Virginia’s Tyler Cannon, one of five shortstops from the ACC recently named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, owns a 16-game hitting streak, the longest active streak by a conference player entering the week.
  • Wake Forest freshman pitcher Tim Cooney (3-1) had the best start of his young collegiate career last Saturday, pitching a career-long 8.0 shutout innings and scattering five hits in a 5-0 win over Virginia Tech.
  • After the Seminoles' victory over Florida on Tuesday night, FSU head coach Mike Martin stands at 1,599 career victories. He will look to reach the 1,600-win milestone in an ACC series against Virginia Tech this weekend.

Softball

  • Player of the Week Alex Skinkis, a freshman from Virginia, is the first non-senior to garner player of the week accolades this season.
  • ACC teams are 4-3 against current USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association top 10 teams.
  • Boston College 15th-year head coach Jen Finely is just four wins away from her 100th ACC win and is 10 wins away from her 400th win at Boston College. Finely is 96-135 (.416) in ACC play since the Eagles joined the league prior to the 2006 season, and is 390-350-1 (.527) overall in Chestnut Hill.
  • Florida State second-year head coach Lonni Alameda will coach her 100th game as the Seminoles leader on Sunday, April 4, when Florida State plays at Maryland in the third game of a three-game set. Alameda is 75-22 (.773) as Florida State’s skipper, and 263-201-1 (.567) in her career.
  • North Carolina 19th-year head coach Donna Papa needs just seven wins to tie former Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf (1992-2008) for the league record for head coaching victories. Papa is 121-81 (.599) all-time in league play at UNC. Papa also ranks second among league coaches with a .637 winning percentage (minimum 300 games coached).
  • Florida State junior catcher Jen Lapicki hit a three-run home run to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth inning for what proved to be the difference maker in the No. 20/18 Seminoles’ 4-3 win at No. 10/7 Georgia (Mar. 24).
  • Georgia Tech senior second baseman Jen Yee crushed the second pitch of a 4-0 win over No. 19/17 Texas A&M (Mar. 24) over the fence for her league-leading 18th home run of the season, leaving her six shy of tying the ACC single-season record of 24.
  • North Carolina freshman third baseman Haleigh Dickey—who had not hit a single home run all season—set a school single-game record with three home runs as the Tar Heels hit a season-high four bombs in a 5-0 victory over in-state foe UNC Wilmington (Mar. 25).
  • Seminoles senior Terese Gober—this week’s ACC Pitcher of the Week—threw her second career no-hitter, the fourth of the season for Florida State, and 11th for the ACC. Gober struck out a career-high 14 batters in a 6-0 over Boston College in the second game of a doubleheader (Mar. 27).
  • Georgia Tech freshman pitcher/designated player Hope Rush struck out a career-high 10 batters in No. 11/8 Georgia Tech’s 1-0 win over Maryland (Mar. 28). The win was Rush’s sixth shutout of the season.
  • The ACC is a collective 141-71 (.665) against non-conference opponents, including a 14-4 mark last week, and an impressive 13-14 against ranked non-conference opponents.

Women’s Lacrosse

  • The ACC owns four of the top five teams ranked among the IWLCA Top 20 poll - No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Virginia, and No. 5 Duke. Boston College (19th) also ranks in the Top 20 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll.
  • Junior attacker Corey Donohoe led all Tar Heel scorers with four goals and four points as fourth-ranked North Carolina scored 13 consecutive goals and won on the road at 18th-ranked Boston College, 15-6, last Saturday. The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead, holding the Tar Heels scoreless for the first 22 minutes of the game, before Carolina tallied 13-straight. After trailing 4-0, Donohoe scored two of UNC’s four goals to end the first half and tie the game at the break, then scored twice more (including the game-winner) in a 9-0 run that started the second half and sealed the win.
  • Sophomore midfielder Jessica Nonn led Virginia Tech to a pair of non-conference wins last week over Davidson and Old Dominion. Nonn helped the Hokies to their first-ever road win over Old Dominion with a late free position goal, giving Tech the 13-12 victory. Nonn also paced the Hokie offense in the game with four goals, including the game-winner, and one assist. Against Davidson, the Catonsville, Md., native had three goals, one assist and five ground balls.
  • Maryland freshman Katie Schwarzmann tallied five goals and six points in a pair of wins over ranked opponents on the week to move No. 2 Maryland to a perfect 10-0 in 2010. The freshman from Sykesville, Md., scored two goals and added an assist as the Terps routed No. 8 Stanford, 20-8, Thursday in College Park. Defensively, the midfielder helped hold the Cardinal to a mere eight goals, while causing a turnover and adding a draw control. Maryland has now topped four top-10 foes this season by a total of 68-28. Schwarzmann picked up her first collegiate game-winner against No. 20 JMU on the road on Saturday when her third goal of the match provided the Terps with the win with 5:56 remaining in the game. The rookie also added a caused turnover, a ground ball and a draw control as Maryland held its ninth opponent of the year to single-digit goals.

Men’s Lacrosse

  • The ACC owns the only two undefeated men’s lacrosse programs in the country – North Carolina and Virginia. Both schools are currently 9-0 on the season and will put their flawless marks to the test in front of an ESPNU audience on Saturday, April 3, with a pair of ranked opponents (John Hopkins and Maryland, respectively).
  • Senior midfielder Brian Carroll, who attracted double teams throughout the Cavaliers’ matchup against John Hopkins last Saturday, was able to assist three scores and find the goal twice himself as UVa won the Doyle Smith Cup for the fifth-straight season. Virginia and Johns Hopkins joined together to honor E. Doyle Smith, Jr., for his lifetime of contributions to the lacrosse programs at both schools and on the national level with the annual regular season winner laying claim to the cup. Smith served as team manager and statistician for Johns Hopkins under coach Bob Scott from 1963-68. Virginia has now won the cup all five years it has been contested.
  • Duke senior attackman Max Quinzani tied for the team lead in points with seven goals and two assists in a 2-0 week for the Blue Devils. The native of Duxbury, Mass., tallied four goals and an assist in the 15-3 victory over Dartmouth in a midweek contest, while on Saturday the veteran netted three goals and added an assist as Duke defeated No. 8/10 Georgetown on 15-10 on its home field. Quinzani also finished with four ground balls and two caused turnovers for the week. He currently leads all scorers in the ACC in points (40) and goals (34), and has tallied at least three goals in all nine games this season. In addition, Quinzani currently holds the nation’s longest point scoring streak.
  • With first-team All-America Billy Bitter a last minute scratch from the lineup, North Carolina freshman Marcus Holman stepped in and led the North Carolina Tar Heels to only their second regular-season win over the Terps in the last 14 meetings. Unable to play due to a leg injury, Bitter was held out by team medical personnel in a game-time decision, allowing Holman to start for the first time since the Tar Heels played Lehigh on Feb. 20. Holman took advantage of his last-minute chance to start his first-ever ACC game as he scored four goals and added an assist in UNC’s 9-7 victory over fourth-ranked and previously undefeated Maryland. Holman’s four goals tied the career-high he had against Navy earlier this year and his five points against the Terps were also a career-best.

Women’s Tennis

  • Josipa Bek won all four of her matches to lead Clemson to a 2-0 league mark over the weekend. The Tigers, now 9th nationally, are 4-1 in the ACC and 16-3 overall. With doubles partner Ina Hadziselimovic at flight one, came back form 5-2 and 7-3 deficits against NC State and Wake, respectively, to win 9-7 in each. NC State duo was ranked 42nd in the nation. She then posted wins over two nationally ranked players, in #64 Sandyha Nagaraj and #68 Martina Pavelec.
  • Senior Lauren McCreless led Florida State this weekend on court one. She not only trumped her fifth ranked opponent in singles of the spring season, but she also helped FSU earn its first and second conference triumphs of the season. Aside from teammate Katie Rybakova, McCreless was the only Seminole to go undefeated in both doubles and singles throughout the weekend.
  • Miami Bianca Eichkorn is currently riding a 16-match win streak in singles after posting a 3-0 record on the week, including a straight-set (6-2, 6-1) decision over No. 86 Sasha Krupina of Georgia Tech. Eichkorn has laid claim to eight straight-set wins in her last 10 matches, and sits 20-4 overall on the year. She is 16-5 in doubles play (12-2 dual), and has won her last six consecutive – including four with Laura Vallverdu. Eichkorn has helped in Miami’s current nine-match win streak, including seven against ranked opponents. She has won 15 consecutive in the ACC dating back to last season.
  • Sanaz Marand led North Carolina to one of the biggest wins in school history on March 23 defeating No. 43 Samantha Murray 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to help the Tar Heels knock off No. 2 Northwestern, 5-2. The win was the first match in school history that featured UNC playing at the nation’s No. 1 team. Marand was dominant in singles against Maryland, defeating Maggie MacKeever 6-0, 6-1 at the top of the lineup…Also teamed with Gina Suarez-Malaguti to defeated MacKeever and Lisa Miller, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles.

Men’s Tennis

  • With a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Virgina’s third-ranked Sanam Singh last Sunday, Florida State’s Vahid Mirzadeh posted his best collegiate win. Mirzadeh has posted two victories against top 10 players this season. He leads Florida State with 16 singles wins this spring season.
  • NC State’s Jaime Pulgar had a week to remember. On Wednesday, March 24 he battled back and forth with No. 56 Steven Forman of No. 26 Wake Forest before falling short 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4. Pulgar rebounded over the weekend by beating Carlos Alvarez of No. 33 Clemson, which helped the Pack upset the Tigers 5-2. He also won his doubles match with Dave Thomson over Alvarez and Juan Bolona, 8-5. On Sunday, March 28 Pulgar recorded the lone point for the Pack when he upset the No. 5 player in the country, Guillermo Gomez, 6-4, 6-4. Pulgar and Thomson also won their doubles match over Gomez and Dean O’Brien 8-7.
  • Clay Donato helped North Carolina remain perfect in the ACC with four wins in back-to-back matches. He defeated a ranked player, Maryland’s Tommy Laine, in singles, and helped upset the 27th-ranked Boston College team of Thomas Nolan and Erik Kreutzer in doubles. UNC has now won eight straight matches thanks in a large part to Donato’s play. Donato entered the week ranked 39th in the nation in singles and 54th in doubles with Stefan Hardy.
  • Boston College sophomore Akash Muppidi won both of his singles matches against ranked opponents last weekend. Muppidi has played every match at the number two singles position or higher for the Eagles this season, and he currently holds a 15-3 record in singles play.
  • Virginia Tech’s Yoann Re, ranked No. 51 nationally, defeated No. 22 Jean-Yves Aubone of No. 22 Florida State and Christian Blocker of No. 49 Miami to help the Hokies to a 2-0 sweep last weekend. Re improved his ACC dual match record to 4-1.

Women’s Golf

  • Duke University freshman Lindy Duncan claimed her first collegiate victory (213, -3), at the Liz Murphey Collegiate, played March 26-28 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Fourth-ranked Duke won the team title (889, +25).
  • Wake Forest carded its lowest round of the weekend at the Liz Murphy Collegiate with a final round 301. Sophomore Cheyenne Woods posted her fourth top-10 finish of the season (225, +9). North Carolina freshman Courtney Gunter’s 17th-place finish led the Tar Heels to a tie for seventh as a team. Virginia tied for 11th, paced by junior Calle Nielson’s tie for 17th (228).
  • In the March 28 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, three teams ranked in the Top 20, Duke #4, Wake Forest #15 and Virginia #17. Florida State ranked #25, and North Carolina #29.
  • Duke freshman, Lindy Duncan ranked #7 individually in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of March 28. Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest ranked #34, Virginia’s Brittany Altomare ranked #42, North Carolina’s Catherine O’Donnell ranked #45 and Alison Whitaker, Duke ranked #48.
  • Maryland finished second out of 17 teams at the Hoya Women’s Invitational, played March 29-30 at the Members Club @ Four Streams, Beallsville, Md. Maryland sophomore Jessie Hollandsworth led her team with a second-place finish individually with a 3-over 147.

Men’s Golf

  • NC State’s Matt Hill captured medalist honors (204, -9) at the Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, played March 28-30 at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C. Hill tied a career-best 54-hole score and claimed his first tournament title of the season.
  • Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford and teammate Brendan Gielow captured second- and third-place finishes at the Hootie. Bedford shot a seven-under par 206, while Gielow finished with a 6-under par 207 and tied for third place. Three additional ACC golfers finished in the Top 10 individually – Duke’s Brinson Paolini (T8th, 210, -3), Virginia’s Kyle Stough (T8th, 210, -3) and Clemson’s Luke Hopkins (T10th, 211, -2).
  • Georgia Tech men’s golf team tied for fourth at the Linger Longer Invitational, played March 26-28 at the Reynolds Landing Golf Course in Greensboro, Ga. James White fired a 4-under par 68 and Chesson Hadley added a 3-under par 69 on the last day of the tournament to lead Georgia Tech to a 7-under team total of 281.
  • Florida State finished in seventh place as a team (895) at the Linger Longer Invitational, paced by sophomore Wesley Graham who carded a 71 in the final round and finished in a tie for 22nd place.
  • In the March 28 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, four ACC teams ranked in the Top 25, Florida State #13, Clemson #14, Georgia Tech #20 and Virginia #23. Duke, Wake Forest and NC State ranked 33rd, 38th and 39th respectively.
  • Four ACC golfers ranked in Top 25 of March 28 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Florida State Brooks Koepka #6, Brendan Gielow, Wake Forest #10, Ben Kohles, Virginia #13, and J. T. Griffin, Georgia Tech #22. Georgia Tech’s James White and Clemson’s Ben Martin ranked 36th and 43rd respectively.

Outdoor Track & Field

  • Florida State senior Marlon Woods simultaneously competed in the high jump and long jump events at the FSU Relays (Mar. 25-26), racing back and forth between events, and posted a second-place finish in each…Woods recorded jumps of 6-10.50 (high) and a personal 26-2.75 (long).
  • At the adidas Raleigh Relays (Mar. 26-27)…Duke junior Sean-Pat Oswald recorded a personal best in the 800-meter run with a 1:51.37 showing, good for third…In the women’s 800-meter run, Duke claimed three of the top-five spots, with sophomores Esther Vermeer (2:09.81), Leslie Morrison (2:11.17) and Cydney Ross (2:11.21) taking second, third and fifth place, respectively…Virginia sophomore Erin Wykoff tied a career-best hammer throw with a 150-5.00 mark…Freshman Robert Guider achieved Virginia’s fifth-best mark all-time with a heave of 165-1.00… The Wake Forest women’s 4x200-meter relay team of seniors Caroline Vaughn and Nicole Castronuova, and freshmen Gwen Ricco and Maddy Ricco clocked in at 1:38.37 to set a school record and place fourth…Castronuova was the lone member of the squad that set the former record last season.
  • At the Yellow Jacket Invitational (Mar. 26-27)… Clemson seniors Xavier Tromp—this week’s ACC Men’s Performer of the Week—and Zach Berg set Clemson records en route to event victories…Tromp broke former Tiger All-America Mitch Greeley’s school pole vault record with a leap of 17-11.00, while Berg posted a first-place, 204-100 toss in the hammer throw, eclipsing Matt Helinksi’s mark, which was set in 1997…Virginia Tech exhibited its dominance in the sprint events, as senior Queen Harrison—an NCAA champion and 2010 ACC Indoor Track Performer of the Year—and sophomore Keare Smith took first place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles (13.10) and men’s 110-meter hurdles (14.45), respectively, while sophomore Ogechi Nwaneri added a victory in the women’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.57.
  • Three Tar Heels had personal-best performances at the Stanford Invitational (Mar. 26-27)…senior Brie Felnagle’s 15:55.29 time in the 5,000-meter run was good for third place in the event and third all-time in the North Carolina record books…Junior Adam Cunningham finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run in 3:44.78, while senior Evan Watchempino ran a 29:23.81 in the 10,000-meter run to come in eighth place with the fifth-fastest time in school history.