Va. stays alive, trounces Duke, 13-4

Towson wins 6th straight, clinches top seed in CAA

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College Lacrosse

April 18, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Facing a must-win situation, 16th-ranked and defending national champion Virginia got three goals apiece from Matt Poskay, Joe Yevoli and Foster Gilbert to keep its NCAA hopes alive with a 13-4 win over No. 11 Duke in Charlottesville, Va.

A loss would have guaranteed a losing season and officially eliminated the Cavaliers (4-6, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) from postseason consideration.

Virginia earned the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament and will face second-seeded North Carolina in the semifinals Friday. Duke (4-6, 0-3) will play top-seeded Maryland in the other semifinal. The Cavaliers must win the ACC tournament and their final regular-season game, May 8 at Penn State, to have a shot at the NCAA tournament.

No. 12 Towson 10, Hofstra 6: Bobby Griebe's goal with 2:56 to play in the third quarter broke a 5-5 tie and started a 3-0 run as the visiting Tigers (7-3, 4-0) won their sixth straight in Hempstead, N.Y., and clinched the top seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

No. 15 Rutgers 14, No. 3 Syracuse 10: The host Scarlet Knights (7-3) got 21 saves from Greg Havalchak and defeated the Orangemen (8-2) for the second straight year. The loss ended Syracuse's five-game winning streak.

No. 5 Princeton 13, Harvard 4: The visiting Tigers (7-2, 3-0 Ivy League) won behind four goals from Jason Doneger and three from Scott Sowanick. Harvard fell to 5-5, 1-3.

No. 6 North Carolina 17, UMBC 6: Scott Falatach set a career high with six points (three goals, three assists) to lead the host Tar Heels (7-3) to their second straight win. The Retrievers (4-5) failed to score in the first half.

St. Mary's 14, Marymount 2: The host Seahawks advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals. Dave Mueller scored three goals and assisted on five others for St. Mary's (10-5). Marymount (2-12) mustered just 11 shots. St. Mary's plays Tuesday at Mary Washington for a spot in the conference final.

Goucher 12, Catholic 9: The host Gophers (7-7) advanced to the CAC semifinals and improved to 8-0 all time against Catholic (8-5). James Clement and Pat Tracy scored four goals each for Goucher, which will play at top seed Salisbury Tuesday.

Washington College 10, Franklin & Marshall 8: Stephen Berger scored five goals and the host Shoremen (12-0, 5-0 Centennial Conference) erased a three-goal halftime deficit to tie the school record with their 12th straight victory. The Diplomats fell to 7-3, 2-2.

Penn State 16, Mount St. Mary's 7: The visiting Nittany Lions (4-5) scored seven second-quarter goals en route to victory over the Mountaineers (3-7).

McDaniel 20, Villa Julie 6: Ten players scored for the visiting Green Terror (4-5). The Mustangs (4-6) lost 16 of 24 faceoffs and grabbed only 17 ground balls to McDaniel's 49.

Women

No. 4 Maryland 11, No. 15 North Carolina 9: The Terps (12-2, 1-2) scored eight goals in the first 20 minutes and secured the third seed in the ACC tournament with a win over the visiting Tar Heels (8-6, 0-3).

Maryland will face Virginia (12-3, 2-1) in Friday's opening round at 3:30 p.m.

Jessica Dorney led Maryland with three goals. Kelly Coppedge scored her 55th of the season.

Washington College 17, Dickinson 9: Lindsey Eichner (five goals, two assists) and Diana Martin both broke school records: Eichner for assists in a season (40) and Martin for caused turnovers (35), during the win by the visiting Shorewomen (8-4, 5-2 Centennial Conference) in Carlisle, Pa. Lizzie Skolnik led the Red Devils (4-7, 1-5) with three goals.

McDaniel 18, Muhlenberg 11: Sara Thomas had a hat trick and six others scored two goals apiece as the Green Terror (10-2, 5-1 Centennial Conference) downed the host Mules (4-7, 2-5) in Allentown, Pa.

Christa Carlstrand and Shannon Donohue each had three goals for Muhlenberg.

Sweet Briar 19, Hood 6: Anne Benham had four goals and four assists as the Vixens (7-6) held the host Blazers (3-7) to one goal in the second half.

College of New Jersey 18, Frostburg State 4: Carin Heller and Lauren Dougher each scored four goals to power the Lions (9-0), who are ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, past the host Bobcats (8-4).

Kelley Duncan (C. Milton Wright) had three goals for Frostburg State.

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