|Virginia routs Johns Hopkins for spot in lacrosse semis|
|Updated 5/18/2009 11:05 AM ET|
Shamel Bratton had a career-high five goals, while Garrett Billings and Steele Stanwick recorded seven points apiece for the Cavaliers (15-2), who will face Cornell in Saturday's national semifinals in Foxborough, Mass.PAIRINGS: Men's lacrosse tournament
Michael Kimmel had two goals and two assists to lead Hopkins (10-5), which lost 16-15 at home to the Cavaliers in March.
The victory was the 300th for Virginia coach Dom Starsia.
"That was something. I would never have expected the game to play out like that," Starsia said. "We were relentless in our approach."
Hopkins has nine NCAA titles. Its worst prior playoff losses were by eight goals on three occasions, most recently 16-8 against Maryland in the 1995 semifinals.
Also Sunday, third-seeded Duke staved off a late rally to defeat No. 6 seed North Carolina 12-11. Duke built a 7-4 halftime margin and held its biggest lead, 12-8, with 11:31 remaining before a Tar Heels run.
Ned Crotty matched a season high with eight points (two goals, six assists) as the Blue Devils (15-3) advanced to a game against Syracuse in Foxborough. Sean Delaney had a hat trick for the Tar Heels (12-6), but his final bid to tie the score from 18 yards missed wide as time expired.
No. 2 seed Syracuse, the defending national champion, earned a return trip to the final four Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y., with an 11-6 victory against unseeded Maryland. The Orange (14-2) jumped to a 5-1 lead in the first half and put the game away with a five-goal burst in a 4-minute, 43-second stretch spanning the final two quarters.
Kenny Nimms had two goals and two assists to pace the Orange. Backup goalie Al Cavalieri recorded 14 saves with starter John Galloway sidelined by flu symptoms.
In a matchup of Ivy League teams, Cornell held off Princeton 6-4 in the other game in Hempstead. The fifth-seeded Big Red (12-3) led 5-1 at halftime and staved off numerous Princeton scoring chances.
•The seeds in the Division I women's tournament held true Saturday with the top four advancing to the semifinals Friday at Towson, Md. The top seed, four-time defending champion Northwestern (21-0), cruised past Princeton 16-9. The Wildcats will take on fourth-seeded Penn (15-2), which needed overtime to beat Duke 10-9. Northwestern beat the Quakers last year 10-6 for the national title. Second seed Maryland (21-0) nipped Syracuse 12-10 to set up a rematch with Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina. The Terps beat UNC 13-8 at home last month. Maryland owns nine national titles but none since 2001. Carolina has never reached the championship game. The third-seeded Tar Heels (15-4) dispatched Notre Dame 16-10 to get to the semifinals.
•Le Moyne (N.Y.) will be gunning for its second undefeated season in men's Division II next Sunday when it faces off against C.W. Post (N.Y.) in Foxborough, Mass. The Dolphins (16-0) reached the final with a 15-5 rout Saturday of Merrimack (Mass.). They have won their last seven meetings with C.W. Post, including 6-5 on March 21. C.W. Post eliminated Limestone (S.C.) 11-9 on Saturday. Le Moyne will be looking for its third title in four seasons and hoping to match its 2004 team with a perfect season. The Dolphins lost to New York Tech 16-11 in last year's championship.
•In the second-most lopsided women's lacrosse championship game at any NCAA level, Division II Adelphi (N.Y.) completed an undefeated season Sunday in Salem, Va., with a 15-4 rout of Lock Haven (Pa.). It was the third national title for the Panthers (18-0), all since 2004. The only title game with a bigger margin was in 1994 when The College of New Jersey beat William Smith (N.Y.) 29-11 in Division III. The previous biggest margin in Division II was in 2006 when Adelphi beat West Chester (Pa.) 16-8. Adelphi's Rachel Ray, who set an NCAA tournament record with eight assists Saturday in a 15-10 semifinal win against C.W. Post (N.Y.), had four assists and two goals Sunday.
•Blake Hargest had the only goal of overtime as Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) edged Salisbury (Md.) 11-10 in Salem, Va., on Sunday for the Division III women's title. It is the second national title for Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats (21-1) also beat Salisbury in the final in 2007 and avenged their only loss this season. Salisbury (20-2) lost the title game for the third time in five seasons.
•Gettysburg (Pa.) is in the Division III men's title game for the first time since 2002 after upsetting top-ranked Stevenson (Md.) 12-7 on Sunday. Junior Kyle McGrath led the way for Gettysburg with three goals and two assists. The Bullets (16-3), who are 0-2 in the final, will take on Cortland (N.Y.) State in the championship game next Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Cortland (18-2) took out Middlebury (Vt.) 16-8 on Sunday. The Red Devils lost to Salisbury (Md.) in the final the last two years after beating Salisbury in overtime in 2007.
•Defending national champion Fresno State entered the weekend having to win three of four games at Sacramento State just to make this year's six-team Western Athletic Conference tournament. The Bulldogs (28-27, 12-12 WAC) squeaked out an 11-8 win Saturday to do just that. Freshman Brennan Gowens' three-run homer in the top of the ninth was the difference. Fresno will be the No. 3 seed in the WAC tournament, which opens Wednesday in Honolulu. If it does not win the tournament, it is highly unlikely to receive an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA field when it is unveiled next week. If the Bulldogs are left home, it would be the second consecutive year the defending national champ didn't make the NCAA field the following year.
•Oklahoma State will miss its conference tournament for the first time since 1977. The Cowboys (32-22, 9-16 Big 12) needed to sweep their series at Texas Tech over the weekend to have a chance to qualify for the Big 12 tournament but lost the series opener Friday to the Red Raiders 9-8. OSU opened the season No. 13 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
•The bulk of the Division I conference tournaments begin this week, but a few teams already have landed automatic bids to the NCAA tournament. Bethune-Cookman was the latest, topping North Carolina A&T 15-9 on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla., to wrap up the tournament title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the fourth year in a row. Dartmouth won the Ivy League tournament two weeks ago. Army swept Lafayette on Saturday in the best-of-three Patriot League final. Top-ranked UC-Irvine clinched its first-ever Big West regular-season title Friday. The Big West does not have a conference tournament, so its automatic bid goes to the regular-season winner.
•Defending national champion Trinity (Conn.) worked its way back to the Division III World Series, edging host Eastern Connecticut State 5-4 on Sunday to land one of eight berths in Appleton, Wis. The Bantams, who set an NCAA record with a 44-game winning streak en route to last year's title, are 33-5 this season.
•Campbellsville (Ky.) is in the NAIA World Series for the first time in school history, thanks in large part to the right arm of senior Bryan Fuller. He pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings — roughly 180 pitches, according to the school website — in about 26 hours, capped by a 4-0 win Friday against Kansas Wesleyan in Lindenwood, Mo., for the region title. Campbellsville (40-10) will face Lee (Tenn.) in the opening round of the NAIA Series this Friday in Lewiston, Idaho. Fuller, who throws submarine style, began his string with a three-inning save Thursday afternoon against host Lindenwood. Because the Tigers were coming through the losers' bracket, their next game started about a half-hour after beating Lindenwood. Fuller started and gave up only eight hits in going the distance to beat Kansas Wesleyan 11-0. He gave up only four hits Friday. Kansas Wesleyan came into the regional tournament on a 26-game winning streak.
•For the 11th time in the tournament's 14 years, a school from Florida has captured the NCAA Division II title. However, this year's title was the first in any sport for Nova Southeastern. The Sharks finished 15 strokes ahead of runner-up Grand Valley State (Mich.) in the 72-hole competition at Findlay (Ohio) Country Club. Indianapolis junior Lyndsey McBride held off Pfeiffer (N.C.) senior Charlene Reid and sophomore Sandra Changkija of Nova Southeastern to win the individual competition. McBride finished at 10-over 298, two shots ahead of Reid and Changkija.
•Oglethorpe (Ga.) also picked up the first NCAA title in school history in the Division III men's tournament, finishing four shots ahead of La Verne (Calif.) in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Saturday. Oglethorpe sophomore Olafur Loftsson, a native of Iceland, fired a final round 3-under par 69 to come from behind to win individual honors. Loftsson finished in a tie with La Verne's Mitchell Fedorka and bested him on the first playoff hole. For the four day tournament, Loftsson's and Fedorka's 72-hole scores were 3-under 285.
•Methodist (N.C.) added to its string of Division III women's titles Saturday, rolling to its 12th consecutive crown 25 shots ahead of runner-up Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Methodist junior Susan Martin captured individual honors for the second year in a row. She finished at 6-over-par 294, three shots ahead of Stevens Point's Jessica Urban. It's the fifth year in a row a Methodist player brought home individual honors.
•North Dakota State is in its first year of eligibility for NCAA Division I postseason events after finishing a five-year transition from Division II. In March, the men's basketball team won the Summit League and gave defending national champion Kansas a battle before falling in the first round. The Bison softball team has done that one better, advancing to the super regional round with a 4-1 win Sunday against Tulsa. Andi Padilla (26-10) threw a two-hitter for the Bison and didn't allow a hit after the third inning.
NDSU (38-18) beat host Oklahoma 1-0 in the first Division I tournament game in program history Friday and edged Tulsa 3-2 Saturday. Oklahoma was seeded seventh nationally in the 64-team field.
The Bison are not unfamiliar with postseason success, however. They were the Division II national champions in 2000.
•Freshman Jessica Rhoads struck out 19 to lead Messiah (Pa.) into the Division III championship game with a 2-0 win Sunday against Coe (Iowa) in Montclair, N.J. Rhoads (27-1) allowed only one hit and also homered for the Falcons (42-4). She has 17 shutouts this season as Messiah is on its deepest run ever in the national tournament. Messiah's opponent in the title game, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET Monday, will be determined earlier Monday.
•Eighth-seeded Southern California shocked previously unbeaten and top-seeded Virginia 4-0 on Sunday morning in College Station, Texas, in the Division I men's quarterfinals. The match started Saturday but was suspended shortly after USC won the doubles point because of thunderstorms. Virginia (32-1) was in the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year but has yet to even reach the championship match.
USC (23-5) will face 12th-seeded Texas in the semifinals Monday afternoon. The Longhorns (23-6) ousted two-time defending champion and fourth-seeded Georgia 4-2. No. 4 singles player Olivier Sajous provided the clinching point for the Longhorns, who lost to Georgia in last year's national final by the same score.
The other semifinal Monday matches third seed Ohio State and No. 7 UCLA, which needed nearly five hours to subdue second seed Mississippi 4-3.
•Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) won the NCAA Division II men's and women's titles for the second consecutive year. The Pirates join Brigham Young-Hawaii (2002-03) as the only schools to do that. The AASU women (28-1) beat previously undefeated and top-ranked Lynn (Fla.) 5-2 in the title match Saturday in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Lynn (28-1) handed the Pirates their only loss of the season back in March. The AASU men (30-1) battled Barry (Fla.) for five hours before pulling out a 5-4 victory Saturday in Altamonte Springs. Barry is now 0-4 in men's championship finals.
Contributing: Eddie Timanus
|Posted 5/17/2009 8:53 PM ET|
|Updated 5/18/2009 11:05 AM ET|