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April 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Maryland is set to host the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which begins tomorrow, Friday, April 23, on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Games at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. highlight the opening-round schedule, while the championship game, which will be televised by Fox Sports and on the league’s regional sports network, will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Maryland is playing host to its fourth lacrosse championship and first since 2000.
Virginia (11-1, 2-1 ACC) shared the regular-season crown with North Carolina (11-1, 2-1 ACC), but earned its ninth No. 1 seed thanks to a 7-5 decision over the Tar Heels on April 10th at the Big City Classic, hosted by Inside Lacrosse in the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Cavaliers won 11 games to start the season before losing to Duke in their last contest and have previously defeated then-No. 2 and currently top-ranked Syracuse, 11-10, back on March 7th. Virginia is led by sophomore Chris Brocket’s 2.75 goals per game, which ranks second behind teammates Quinzani and sophomore Steele Stanwick, who is averaging 1.75 goals and 1.75 assists per game. Junior keeper Adam Ghitelman has allowed 7.90 goals per game in 653 minutes of action for the Wahoos.
Fourth-ranked and No. 4 seed Duke (11-3, 1-2 ACC) will meet top-ranked Virginia. The Blue Devils enter the match-up riding a nine-game winning streak, including victories over nationally ranked teams in Loyola (Md.), Georgetown and Brown, as well as a 13-9 triumph over Virginia last Saturday. Senior Max Quinzani (A) and junior Zach Howell (A), whose 3.36 and 2.43 goals per game lead the conference and rank third, respectively, lead the Duke attack. Senior Ned Crotty (A) owns a league-leading and second-ranked assist per game average (2.79), while freshman goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer enters the two-day tournament allowing 9.16 goals per game in 734 minutes in the crease.
Second-seed and third-ranked North Carolina will face the host Terrapins (8-2, 1-2 ACC) in Friday’s second game. The Tar Heels, who previously won back-to-back league tournament titles in College Park in 1992 and 1993, began the 2010 campaign on a 10-game winning streak, including decisions over nationally ranked Navy, Duke, Princeton, and Maryland, 9-7, on March 27th. Senior Sean Delaney (M) leads all Tar Heels with a 2.22 goals per game average, while junior Billy Bitter (A) has provided the team the most assists, averaging 1.82 per game. Junior goalie Chris Madalon leads all full-time keepers with a 6.97 goals allowed average in 698 minutes between the pipes.
Third-seed and fifth-ranked Maryland posted quality wins over Georgetown in the second game of the season, Duke, and arch-rival Johns Hopkins, 9-8, in its final game. The Terrapins, who last won a league championship in 2005 when the tournament was held in Baltimore, are guided by the conference’s sixth-leading scorer in junior Grant Catalino (A) and his 2.00 goals per game. Senior Brian Phipps has logged 597 minutes in the crease and is currently allowing 8.95 goals per game.
Friday’s semifinal games will be video-streamed live on ACCSelect, which can be found by accessing theACC.com. Sunday’s championship game will be televised by Fox Sports and on the league’s regional sports network.