Virginia extended what has been a disappointing season, upending top-seeded Maryland 13-6 in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The fourth-seeded Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to improve to 7-7. They will meet North Carolina on Sunday for the championship, but the league has no automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Lacrosse followers believe U.Va. will have a chance to make the NCAA if the Cavaliers win the ACC tournament, but their hopes partially will depend on other results.
Maryland (9-3), ranked second nationally, will make the NCAA tournament.
UNC won an 18-17 thriller against Duke on Marcus Holman's goal with 1:28 left. Kieran Burke saved David Lawson's shot with six seconds left.
Reed Gragnani had three hits, a home run and four RBI as No. 5 Virginia pounded Virginia Tech 15-6 in a series opener in Blacksburg.
Poquoson's Chad Pinder hit a two-run double for the Hokies. ...
John Farrell (8-1) pitched seven shutout innings as William and Mary (27-16, 10-6 Colonial Athletic Association) dusted George Mason 11-2 in a series opener at Plumeri Park.
The Tribe built an 8-0 lead in the first two innings. Michael Katz finished with two hits, two runs and two RBI, Ryan Lindemuth drove in three runs, Jonathan Sarty had three hits and two RBI, Willie Shaw was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Ryan Brown had three runs, two hits and an RBI.
The Patriots fell to 14-30, 5-17. ...
Gloucester High graduate Josiah Burney slugged two solo home runs, but Old Dominion (21-21, 11-11 CAA) lost 12-5 at Delaware in Newark.
The Blue Hens (27-14, 12-7) scored seven runs in the seventh inning to go ahead 11-5. EJ Stoltzfus led them with a 3-for-4, three-RBI, one-run game.
Top-seeded Maryland bounced No. 5 Virginia from the ACC semifinals, winning 13-9 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Terrapins' Brooke Griffin and Alex Aust each had three goals and two assists. U.Va.'s Casey Bocklet had two goals and an assist.
No. 2 North Carolina beat No. 3 Boston College 16-6 in the second semifinal as Abbey Friend scored four goals.
Track and field:
The William and Mary men's track and field team earned two conference-leading performances Thursday night at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Both times rank among the top 30 in the region and far surpassed the IC4A qualifying standard.
Senior Liam Anastasia-Murphy made a triumphant return to the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 10th-place 9:01.48. The second-fastest time of his career, Anastasia-Murphy's performance was the fastest for a Tribe athlete since the 2010 NCAA Championships, and ranks 28th in the East Region so far this spring. It was just the second race in the past 14 months for the senior, and his first steeplechase since the 2011 NCAA quarterfinals.
Later in the evening, senior Josh Hardin ran 29:29.37 in the 10,000 to place sixth as the top Division I finisher. It was the 17th-fastest time in school history, and the CAA's current best by 11 seconds.
Also at the Penn Relays, Norfolk State's 4x100 relay qualified for the Championship of America, putting them among the top eight of 77 quartets.
Torie Cunningham, Qua'Nesha Wallace, Champagne Bell and Brittney McCants finished second in their heat in 45.41 seconds, the team's second-fastest time of the season.
Bell finished second in the college section of the women's long jump, with a best jump of 19 feet, 7 inches. NSU Freshman Kiara Howell earned two top-10 finishes, taking sixth in the college women's shot put with a season-best 48 feet, 2.75 inches and 10th in the college discus (151-2).
NSU junior Nathnael Meseret placed 19th in the college 5,000 in a personal-best 14:46.81.
More track and field:
Hampton University freshman Trey Holloway and senior Shantae Boney earned weekly honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Holloway was named Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, while Boney was named Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, after both performed last weekend at the Morgan State Legacy Meet.
Holloway, from Chesapeake, won the 110-meter hurdles in Baltimore, turning in his best time of the season: 13.94 seconds. That's second-fastest in the MEAC and the 25th-best in Division I.
Boney won the women’s heptathlon with 4,691 points. Among heptathletes, she won the 200-meter dash, 800-meter run and high jump, while finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles.
Virginia (22-0) extended its streak of victories against Atlantic Coast Conference competition to 104, sweeping eighth-seeded North Carolina 4-0 in Friday's ACC quarterfinals in Cary, N.C.
The Cavaliers, who boast the nation's top-ranked player in Alex Domijan and the third-ranked player in Jarmere Jenkins, advanced to Saturday's 10 a.m. semifinal against No. 5 seed Clemson, which ousted No. 4 N.C. State 4-2.
Later, No. 6 seed Virginia Tech dropped a 4-2 heartbreaker to No. 3 Wake Forest in a match that included a trio of three-setters. The Demon Deacons will take on second-seeded Duke in the other semifinal.
The Hokies, ranked 42nd, have a good chance at a berth in the 64-team NCAA field despite the loss. They will learn their fate Tuesday afternoon.
Third-seeded Virginia edged No. 11 Virginia Tech 4-3 in a surprisingly close ACC quarterfinal in Cary, N.C. The Cavaliers broke a 3-3 tie when Julia Elbaba edged Illinca Stoica 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 at No. 1 singles.
The Cavaliers will play a semifinal Saturday against No. 7 Florida State, which surprised No. 2 Clemson 4-3.
Hampton split Thursday's home doubleheader with Campbell, winning 4-3 in walk-off fashion before losing 9-4.
Freshman Bobbi Langlois tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single that brought home freshman Taylor McCoy, the MEAC Rookie of the Week. Langlois advanced to third on the play.
She scored the winning run, and snapped Campbell’s nine-game winning streak, when senior Nina Ferguson reached on an error.
Junior Margaret Wilkins batted 3-for-4 for HU in Game 1.
In Game 2, Campbell pulled away with four runs in the seventh. McCoy went 2-for-4 to lead the Lady Pirates.
Old Dominion released its schedule, starting with an Aug. 23 game against La Salle at James Madison's tournament in Harrisonburg.
The Monarchs will play their first Conference USA regular-season game Sept. 27 at Marshall and will play their C-USA home opener Oct. 4 against East Carolina.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times