The Championship Game for the 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship is now set. Following Friday’s two semifinal games, Duke will be playing North Carolina for the Championship.
In the 2-3 game between North Carolina and Virginia, the Cavaliers continued their late season swoon by falling to the Tar Heels, 11-9. The game was a see-saw affair for the first three quarters, as neither team was able to mount a lead of more than 1 goal. However, once North Carolina got to a 7-6 lead, it never trailed again. Attackman Marcus Holman was the leading goal scorer for North Carolina with three goals, while Joey Sankey added five points with two goals and three assists. Steele Stanwick of Virginia scored 7 points to lead the Cavaliers. For North Carolina, it was its first win over Virginia since 2004.
In the other semifinal game, red-hot Duke defeated suddenly surging Maryland 6-5. The low scoring affair was close throughout. Duke did have a 6-4 lead, before allowing Maryland to get within one goal. And then Maryland had a few opportunities in the final minutes to tie, before ultimately falling short. Duke’s Josh Dionne was a star for the Blue Devils with a hat trick. In the end, Duke protects its number 1 seed and will move on to Sunday’s Championship game against rival North Carolina.
Championship Game details: Duke v North Carolina. 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3. Good luck to both teams.