Duke attackman Ned Crotty proved just why he was named the 2009 ACC Player of the Year as the senior led the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to an 16-5 victory over top-ranked Virginia Friday night at Kenan Stadium in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship.
With the win, Duke advances to face fourth-seed and long-time rival North Carolina Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at UNC's Kenan Stadium. The Blue Devils, who improved to 11-3 on the season, look to capture their third straight ACC Championship title and fifth overall crown. The Tar Heels seek their first ACC Championship title since 1996 and eighth overall.
Four North Carolina players each scored a hat trick to lead the eighth-ranked Tar Heels to a 16-10 victory past top-seeded Maryland in semifinal action of the 2009 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, held on the grounds of the University of North Carolina Friday evening.
With the win, North Carolina improves to 11-4 on the season and marks its first victory against an ACC team since 2004. Maryland drops to 8-6, yet returns to regular-season play as the Terrapins travel to Yale on Saturday, May 2.