Terps fall, 14-9 Virginia upset ACC LACROSSE TOURNAMENT

April 22, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina scored one goal in the second half last night, and it still beat Maryland, 14-9.

It must be time for the Atlantic Coast Conference lacrosse tournament.

The Tar Heels have never lost in the ACC tournament, and evidently they have no plans to do so in the seventh edition. They ran their record in the tournament to 13-0 with their semifinal defeat of the Terps before 3,528 at Fetzer Field, setting up an all-Tobacco Road finale.

North Carolina will meet Duke, a 17-10 winner over Virginia, in tomorrow's (1 p.m.) championship game.

The third-seeded and eighth-ranked Tar Heels (8-5) jumped out to leads of 6-2, 9-3 and 13-5, before second seed and third-ranked Maryland (7-3) made a game of it.

"That's the worst first half I can remember," Terps coach Dick Edell said. "We couldn't win a faceoff, we couldn't get our defensive slides together, and offensively, we got a little selfish and didn't hit the open man. At the half, though, we learned a lot about our kids."

Jason Wade's third goal gave the Tar Heels a 13-5 lead with 1:14 to go in the first half, but they wouldn't score again 7:27 remained, when Merrill Turnbull's fourth goal completed the scoring.

North Carolina goalie Rocco D'Andraia, the MVP of last year's tournament, made seven of his 15 saves in the fourth quarter, when Maryland controlled the ball but couldn't complete the comeback.

"I wanted to have a big game against a good team," said D'Andraia, who was beaten by the Terps, 13-12, on March 25.

Duke 17, Virginia 10

Virginia could have made it easy on itself and the NCAA selection committee. All the second-ranked Cavaliers had to do to secure themselves one of the top four seeds for the NCAAs was beat Duke in the semifinals of the ACC tournament.

The Cavaliers still might get a first-round NCAA bye, but it won't be because of anything they did last night against the Blue Devils, who pounded out a seven-goal victory in the first ACC semifinal at Fetzer Field.

Fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Duke (10-3), which was 0-3 in the ACC regular season, will face North Carolina in the championship game.

Virginia (10-2) bore no resemblance to the team that beat No. 4 Syracuse and No. 5 Princeton by a combined 15 goals in mid-March.

The Cavaliers played with little inspiration and even less cohesion.

"It's hard to comment and not express my absolute disappointment in our performance," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said.

"It's as sorrowful a performance I've been associated with in my tenure at Virginia."

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