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April 17, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Pairings for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship have been determined, as announced by the league office on Saturday, April 17. Top-ranked Virginia locked in the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ACC two-day tournament, which will take place April 23 and 25 on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.
Virginia (2-1 ACC), which fell in its final 2010 regular season game at the hands of a determined visiting Duke squad, share a piece of the regular season crown with North Carolina as both programs own a 2-1 league mark. The Cavaliers, who only lost one game this season, earned the top position in the upcoming championship thanks to an April 10th decision of 7-5 over North Carolina in the Big City Classic, which was held in the New Meadowlands Stadium and hosted by Inside Lacrosse.
UVa will face fourth-seed Duke (1-2 ACC) for the second time in seven days on Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. ET in opening semifinals action of the ACC Championship. The Cavaliers earned their ninth all-time No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship and the squad’s first since 2006.
Head coach Dom Starsia’s 2010 Cavaliers feature 28 returning lettermen, including six starters, from last year's team that posted a 15-3 record, and advanced to the national semifinals for the second consecutive season before falling to Cornell, the 2009 national runner-up. Starsia won his 200th game at UVa earlier this season, which etched his name in the history books as the second coach in the history of the sport to win 200-plus games at one school, while also reaching the 100-win plateau at another school. Starsia, who became the first coach to reach the feat at two Division I schools, also broke a tie he shared with former Massachusetts head coach Dick Garber for second most all-time victories by a coach at a Division I school (311).
Other semifinals action on Friday, April 23, includes second-seed North Carolina (2-1 ACC) versus third-seed and host Maryland (1-2 ACC), which square off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Maryland earned the No. 3 seed based on league seeding tie-breaker policies, which were determined by head-to-head results against Duke on March 6th (11-10).
Last season, Duke captured its third-consecutive ACC Championship crown, defeating a tenacious North Carolina team, 15-13, at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
2010 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md.
Friday, April 23
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Duke - 5:00 p.m. ET (ACCSelect, theACC.com)
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Maryland - 7:30 p.m. ET (ACCSelect, theACC.com)
Sunday, April 25
Championship Game - 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports, RSN-TV)