Duke routs Virginia, clinches ACC title

Blue Devils hold Cavs scoreless for 43 minutes


April 17, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The second-ranked Duke men's lacrosse team shut down the Virginia offense and clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title after a 17-2 win over the third- ranked Cavaliers yesterday.

The host Blue Devils held Virginia (8-2, 2-1) scoreless for nearly 43 minutes and shut down the Cavaliers' scoring duo of John Christmas and Matt Ward.

On the offensive side, Matt Danowski (three goals and two assists) pushed his ACC-leading point total to 53 on 28 goals and 25 assists. Zach Greer added four goals and leads the nation with 42.

The regular-season title is Duke's third overall, and second under coach Mike Pressler.

The Blue Devils (12-1, 3-0) will be the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament.

No. 4 Georgetown 7, Loyola 4: The Hoyas won their fourth straight game and took sole possession of first place in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Brothers Pete and Brendan Cannon led host Georgetown (8-2, 3-0) with two goals apiece.

Michael Fretwell stopped 14 of 21 shots for the Greyhounds (4-5, 3-2).

No. 6 Syracuse 17, Rutgers 6: Mike Leveille and Brian Crockett accounted for nine goals to help the host Orange (6-4) end a two-game losing streak to the Scarlet Knights (4-6).

Rutgers allowed a season- high 49 shots.

No. 8 Cornell 8, No. 12 Dartmouth 7: Kevin Nee had a hat trick to keep the visiting Big Red (7-2, 4-0) undefeated in Ivy League play.

Dartmouth dropped to 5-3 and 1-1.

No. 10 Massachusetts 14, Hobart 12: Tewaaraton Trophy candidates Sean Morris (five goals, three assists) and Jack Reid (four forced turnovers, six ground balls) led the visiting Minutemen (8-2, 3-1 ECAC) over the Statesmen (5-5, 1-3).

No. 13 Bucknell 17, Mount St. Mary's 11: Patrick Christensen scored five goals for the visiting Bison (7-3).

Matt Warner (three goals, one assist) and Billy Jautze (three goals) led the Mountaineers (5-6), and Jason Werner had four assists.

No. 14 Towson 17, Sacred Heart 9: Sophomore attackman Jonathan Engelke scored a season-high five goals as the host Tigers (8-3, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) won their fourth straight game.

With the victory, the Tigers improved to 4-0 all time against the Pioneers (4-7, 0-4) and won their 24th straight game when scoring 10 or more goals.

Mount St. Vincent (N.Y.) 12, Hood 3: Goalkeeper Sam Hofmann had 24 saves in the Blazers' loss to the visiting Dolphins (5-3).

Hood dropped to 0-9.

Washington College 6, Franklin & Marshall 5: Kevin Nolan scored the game-winning goal for the Shoremen (6-3, 4-1 Centennial Conference) with 3:52 left in the game.

The host Diplomats fell to 7-2 and 3-1.

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