STORRS, Conn. — In a contest that showcased two of the best teams in the country and with the Big East regular season championship on the line, Connecticut got the best of Syracuse 3-2 in double-overtime on Sunday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. With the win, the Huskies clinch at least a share of their 12th Big East regular season title and improve to 15-1 overall, 5-0 in the Big East. The Orange slip to 14-3, 4-1.
All 12 of UConn’s Big East regular season championships have come since 1996. The Huskies have also won 11 Big East Tournament crowns.
Connecticut clinched a 15-win season for the 24th time in its 33 seasons. The Huskies have posted at least 15 wins in 16 of the last 18 seasons under head coach Nancy Stevens.
Sophomore standout Marie Elena Bolles registered the game-winner on Sunday.
No. 1 Old Dominion 6, Virginia Commonwealth 1
NORFOLK, Va. — Entering Sunday Old Dominion knew it would be the top seed and host the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, but after a dominating 6-1 victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, the top-ranked Lady Monarchs have now clinched the conference regular season title outright.
Old Dominion (17-1, 7-0 CAA) controlled play from beginning to end, outshooting VCU 32-1 and garnering nine penalty corners to zero for the Rams. The one shot allowed by the ODU defense is the lowest shot total for an opponent all season.
Five different Lady Monarchs scored on the afternoon and senior Emma Batten led all players with two goals. Batten now has a team-high 19 goals on the season.
No. 2 North Carolina 4, No. 7 Michigan 3 2OT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — With a penalty stroke by sophomore Marta Malmberg in the 95th minute of play, North Carolina beat Michigan 4-3 in double overtime Sunday afternoon as UNC celebrated Senior Day at Francis E. Henry Stadium.
Four seniors – Teryn Brill, Meghan Dawson, Taryn Gjurich and Elizabeth Stephens – were honored in pregame ceremonies, then all started and played major roles in the win.
UNC’s fifth senior, Katelyn Falgowski, is in Mexico competing as part of the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Games. Not only was Carolina playing without its captain again on Sunday, but the Tar Heels were coming off a battle against Maryland Saturday that gave UNC the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title. Add that fatigue to the emotional aspects of Senior Day and the challenge of facing a top-10 opponent, and Sunday’s task was one of the season’s toughest.
No. 5 Duke 5, Central Michigan 0
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke earned its sixth shutout of the season, blanking Central Michigan 5-0 on Sunday from Williams Field in the Blue Devils’ final home game of the regular season. Four different Blue Devils scored goals in the contest as Duke improved to 11-5 (2-2 ACC) with the victory.
Duke controlled the game from the start, only allowing CMU (8-8, 5-2 MAC) four shots for the match with three of those coming in the first half. The Blue Devils’ six shutouts this season marks the team’s highest total since matching that mark in the 2008 campaign.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.