Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, March 27
March 27, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman attackman Marcus Holman, a late addition to the starting lineup in lieu of Billy Bitter, led third-ranked North Carolina to a 9-7 win over fourth-ranked Maryland in a battle of unbeaten men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon before a near sellout crowd of 4,542 fans at Fetzer Field. Holman scored four goals and added an assist and goalkeeper Chris Madalon made 11 saves while limiting a Maryland team that scores 12.11 goals per contest to only seven.
Carolina's win improves the Tar Heels to 9-0 on the season, its best start since the 1993 team captured its first nine. The Tar Heels are 2-0 in the ACC, the first time the squad has won two ACC regular-season games since 2004. Maryland fell to 6-1 on the season and is 1-1 in the ACC.
Bitter, a first-team All-America attackman last year, has a leg injury and 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 February 20. The freshman responded with four goals, matching the four he had in UNC's 11-4 win at Navy on February 25. He also had an assist, giving him a career high five points in the game. Thomas Wood also had a big day for the Tar Heels with two goals and two assists while Gavin Petracca and Jimmy Dunster both added a goal and an assist.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Rhamel and Shamel Bratton, along with Matt White, each scored three goals as the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (9-0) laid claim to the Doyle Smith Cup for the fifth straight year, defeating the No. 12 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (4-4) inside Klöckner Stadium on Saturday, 15-6.
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.
"It's a great day here at Klöckner Stadium," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "The crowd had a great atmosphere and it was two great lacrosse teams going at it. I thought we had a couple lulls in the first half defensively so we gave them a few opportunities in the first quarter to jump back into the game and into the early second quarter as well. In the late second quarter we started to get control of it again and I felt very good at halftime. We came out strong in the third quarter, and I felt like we have played well in the second half throughout the season, and especially today we did a really nice job in the third quarter."
WASHINGTON D.C.-The seventh-ranked Duke men's lacrosse team outscored Georgetown 5-1 in the fourth quarter to capture a crucial 15-10 non-conference victory over the No. 10 Hoyas at Multi-Sport Field. The win is the fourth straight for the Blue Devils.
The starting attack unit of seniors Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani and junior Zach Howell did its usual damage, combining for 12 of the team's 21 points on the day. Quinzani and Howell both contributed three goals and an assist, while Crotty had one tally and three helpers.
Junior defenseman Tom Montelli also had an outstanding afternoon with a career-high two goals, three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Montelli registered one goal to end the third quarter and his second in the fourth period.