Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, April 17

April 18, 2010

Blue Devils Upend No. 1 Virginia in Charlottesville
The sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils outscored No. 1 Virginia 8-3 in the second half on their way to a 13-9 victory this evening at Klöckner Stadium. Senior Ned Crotty and junior Zach Howell led the attack, combining for seven points, as Duke recorded its 12th straight win over the Cavaliers. It also marked the third consecutive contest in which the Blue Devils have defeated a top-ranked Virginia team.

Crotty finished with three goals and one assist for four points, while Howell added three scores. Justin Turri also registered three points on two goals and one assist. The Blue Devils improve to 11-3 overall after tallying their first ACC win of the season. The team also extends its win streak to nine straight contests heading into the ACC Tournament. Meanwhile, the loss is the Cavaliers' first of the season, as they fall to 11-1 and 2-1 in the ACC.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with both squads trading scoring runs. Virginia grabbed a 3-0 lead before Duke's Turri put the Blue Devils on the board in the final minute of the first quarter.

#4 Terps Top #16 Hopkins at Day of Rivals
The attack unit of juniors Grant Catalino, Travis Reed and Ryan Young and senior Will Yeatman combined for six goals and 11 points to lead the No. 4 University of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 victory over No. 16 Johns Hopkins at the Smartlink Day of Rivals event in front of 20,911 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Maryland (8-2) fell behind 3-0 with and didn't get on the board until the 3:19 mark of the first quarter when Young sent a cross-crease pass to Caralino on the left side of the goal where he took the low feed and scooped it past Blue Jay goalie Pierce Bassett.

Hopkins opened the second quarter with a goal by John Greeley to up its lead back to three, but that's when the Maryland comeback began. The Terps would rattle off five straight goals and hold Hopkins scoreless for 23 minutes to take a 5-4 lead at the 12:07 mark of the third quarter. 

Petracca's Career Day Powers UNC Past Robert Morris
In a matchup of the nation's top-ranked offensive and defensive teams, third-ranked North Carolina got a combined 19 points from the starting attack unit of Gavin Petracca, Billy Bitter and Marcus Holman as it defeated Robert Morris 17-14 Saturday afternoon on Senior Day for the Colonials' fourth-year players at Joe Walton Stadium. With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 11-1 on the season heading into next Friday's ACC Tournament semifinals at College Park, Md., while the Colonials fell to 8-4 on the campaign.

After scoring only five goals on 47 shots in last Saturday's 7-5 loss to top-ranked Virginia at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., Carolina's offense stepped up in a big way against the Colonials, scoring 17 goals on 36 overall shots, including 10 goals in the first half on only 15 shots. UNC scored 17 goals on only 21 shots on goal as the Colonials were only able to make four saves in the match. Senior attackman Gavin Petracca had a career-high six goals in the game and he matched his career best with eight points overall. Junior attackman Billy Bitter equaled his career high for assists in a game with four and he had six points overall, while freshman attackman Marcus Holman had career highs for assists with three and points with five as Carolina matched its season high for goals scored in a game which first came against Lehigh on February 20 in a 17-5 UNC win at Fetzer Field.

Robert Morris came into the match with the nation's top-ranked scoring offense at 15.73 goals per contest while UNC entered play with the top-ranked scoring defense at 6.36 goals per game.