Monday, May 18, 2009

DUKE, VIRGINIA ADVANCE IN NCAA LAX TOURNAMENT

So the Wahoo lacrosse squad has a kid named Steele Stanwick. Is that great or what?

Or and this Steele kid can play. He scored two goals and had five assists to help top-seeded Virginia blow out Johns Hopkins 19-8 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Shamel Bratton scored a career-high five goals and Garrett Billings added four more and three assists for Virginia (15-2), which advanced to semifinals for the seventh time since 1999.

Danny Glading and Rhamel Bratton scored two goals apiece for the Cavaliers, who will face Cornell (12-3) next Saturday.

In the other quarterfinal Duke’s lacrosse team continues to do what the hoops squad cannot – beat the Tar Heels (again). Yep, eleven straight times. Ouch.

Senior attackman Ned Crotty scored two goals and handed out six assists to lead third-seeded Duke to a 12-11 win over sixth-seeded North Carolina and guide the Blue Devils to their third consecutive national semifinal appearance. A crowd of 12,142 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium witnessed the Heels ferocious comeback fall short.

Duke (15-3) advances to face second-seeded Syracuse next Saturday at 12 p.m., on Espn2 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The national semifinal berth is the fifth in school history (1997, 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2009), where Duke holds an all-time record of 2-2.

Since the arrival of head coach John Danowski prior to the 2007 season, the Blue Devils are 50-8 overall including a 16-1 ledger versus ACC opponents. Duke has now won 10 of its last 13 NCAA Tournament games and improved to 16-6 all-time in the event when scoring 10 or more goals.

With his eight-point effort, Crotty moves into the NCAA lead for total points in 2009, passing North Carolina’s Billy Bitter who entered Sunday’s contest one point ahead of Crotty, 69-68. Crotty now has 76 points on the year including a nation’s-best 53 assists. Bitter was held to just two assists against the Blue Devils, with sophomore defenseman Michael Manley drawing the primary assignment.

Duke got goals from eight different players with sophomore Zach Howell leading the way with three goals. North Carolina was led by Wagner and Delaney with three tallies each.

(Photos by Algerina Perna and Peyton Williams)

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