Sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet and junior midfielder Shamel Bratton each tallied a hat-trick to lead the second-ranked and top-seeded Wahoos to their 13th appearance in the title game and first since 2008. The win also snapped an eight-game losing streak to Duke.
In the other semi, third-seed and tournament host Maryland advanced with a 13-5 victory over the second-seeded UNC Tar Heels.
The Terps improved to 9-2 on the season (1-2 ACC) and will make their 10th appearance in the title game – their first since 2006 when Maryland fell at the hands to the Virginia Cavaliers, 11-5. The two programs have faced one another four times in the title game and are knotted at 2-2 in the series.
The loss gives the second-ranked Tar Heels an 11-2 mark this season (2-1 ACC).
The final will be played 3:30 pm on Sunday. Check your local listings for television.
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(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)