Matt Ward, playing with a broken hand, scored four goals to lead top-ranked Virginia past visiting and No. 15 Notre Dame, 14-10, in the first round of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse tournament yesterday.
Virginia (14-0) opened a 3-0 lead by the 6:40 mark of the first quarter on two goals by Ward and one by Steve Giannone.
Virginia's Kyle Dixon scored three goals to become only the fourth midfielder in Atlantic Coast Conference history to score 50 career goals and record 50 career assists.
Ryan Hoff had his third hat trick of the season for the Irish, and Brian Hubschmann and Matt Karweck added two goals and one assist each.
The Cavaliers had a 50-34 advantage in shots, but Notre Dame (10-5) held the edge in faceoffs, 28-16. The Irish also converted three of five extra-man opportunities. Virginia's Kip Turner made 10 saves.
The Cavaliers will play the winner of today's Navy-Georgetown game in the next round.
No. 10 Massachusetts 10, No. 3 Cornell 9 -- In a game that featured six ties and sloppy play, a late goal by Andrew Recchione gave the Minutemen (11-4) the upset victory over the host Big Red (11-3) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Recchione scored off a pass from Clay Stabert to put UMass up with 2:34 to play. Despite having the ball for the final minute, Cornell could not get a quality shot on goal to force overtime. The Minutemen will face the winner of today's Hofstra-Providence game.
Salisbury 13, Denison 5 -- Ryan Rohde scored five goals and Matt Dasinger had four to lead the host Sea Gulls (18-0) past the Big Red (10-6) in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. It was Salisbury's 67th consecutive victory, dating to April 10, 2003. Salisbury will play Washington College in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Washington College 8, Lynchburg 7 -- Ryan Morrison scored the eventual winning goal with 7:56 left in regulation as the visiting Shoremen (14-4) defeated the Hornets (13-4) in the second round. Coach J.B. Clarke got his 100th victory at Washington.
Salisbury 11, Dickinson 6 -- Sue Ackermann and Erin McCarthy each scored two goals and Amanda Tack had three assists as the host Sea Gulls (17-1) defeated the Red Devils (13-5). Salisbury will face the College of New Jersey, the only team to beat the Sea Gulls this year, today at 1 p.m. in the Division III regional championship.