SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A terrific defensive effort led second-ranked Syracuse (15-2, 4-2 ACC) to a 1-0 victory in its regular-season finale versus No. 3 North Carolina (14-4, 3-3 ACC) on Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The victory on senior day extended the Orange's home winning streak to 45 games and secured it the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament.
Syracuse's defense was stellar all game, holding the top scoring offense in the nation to six shots. The win, which avenges a 6-1 UNC win in the national semifinals last season, is Syracuse's second shutout against the Tar Heels in as many years. The Orange beat UNC 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 1, 2012 at Coyne Stadium. Those are the only two times the Tar Heels have been shut out since 2009.
Sophomore goalie Jess Jecko made three saves in goal to earn her 15th victory, fourth by way of shutout. Her best save of the day was a diving stop on a penalty corner after the Orange had two defenders taken away for leaving early.
Senior Sarah Kerly entered the game in 13th minute and made her presence felt immediately. Streaking down the right side after subbing in, she took the ball by a defender and flipped a shot by UNC goalie Sassi Ammer on the short side to give the Orange the only goal it would need.
North Carolina pulled its goalie following a timeout with 9:41 left, but the Orange defense was once again up to the challenge, not allowing a shot during the rest of the game.
No. 1 Maryland 5, No. 7 Duke 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland rolled to a 5-1 win at Duke on Saturday to close the regular season. Sophomore Anna Dessoye scored twice in the first half to help the Terrapins to a 3-0 lead at the break.
With the win, Maryland (18-1, 6-0 ACC) won its sixth ACC game of the season, setting a school record for conference wins in a year. The Terrapins also tied their record of 18 regular-season wins set in 2009.
Sophomore Anna Dessoye tipped in junior Maxine Fluharty’s shot off a penalty corner in the 14th minute. Less than two minutes later, junior Steffi Schneid scored her second goal of the year off a corner set up by senior Ali McEvoy and Dessoye.
Dessoye scored her second with 3:32 left in the first half to make it a 3-0 lead. McEvoy assisted on the play off another penalty corner.
Sophomore Alyssa Parker answered a Duke goal when she tipped in redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger’s shot with 9:02 to play. Parker’s goal made it a four-goal advantage for the Terps.
With 6:32 to go, freshman Mieke Hayn made it 5-0 off a pass from Fluharty. Less than a minute later, Duke got on the board with a made penalty stroke from Emmie Le Marchand.
No. 8 Connecticut 7, No. 17 Temple 0
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut's seniors went out in style on Satday, as the Huskies defeated Temple by a 7-0 score on senior day at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. With the win, UConn claims a share of the 2013 Big East regular-season championship with a 6-1 league mark and improves to 14-4 overall. The Owls slip to 14-5 on the year, 4-3 in the conference.
Senior All-American forward Marie Elena Bolles made the most of her final regular-season home game, scoring a career-high four goals and falling just one short of the school record held by Lauren Henderson, Rose Aspelin and Laura Kaczynski. UConn's senior All-American goaltender Sarah Mansfield stopped all five shots Temple was able to muster and posted her seventh shutout of the season.
UConn will share the league championship with Old Dominion and Louisville, all of which finished with a 6-1 mark in conference games. The Huskies will earn the No. 1 seed though due to the goal-differential tiebreaker.
Sophomore defender Roisin Upton added three assists to her team-leading total and was one helper shy of tying the school record, which is held by five different Huskies. Upton now has 14 assists in 2013.
No. 9 Princeton 4, Cornell 0
PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the ninth consecutive season, Princeton has claimed at least a share of the Ivy League title following its 4-0 shutout victory against Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Bedford Field.
The Tigers (11-4, 6-0 Ivy) will have to defeat Penn next week in Philadelphia to claim the outright championship and the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Goalkeeper Anya Gersoff (8-3) earned her second shutout of the year, orchestrating a near flawless defensive line. Along with her four saves, the backline only allowed six Big Red shots, all in the first half.
Freshman Cat Caro scored her second game winner in as many games with her first-half goal in the 22nd minute. After a Cornell foul, Julia Reinprecht took the direct pass from the top of the circle and found an open Caro on the left side to send it in past the Big Red goalie Carolyn Horner.
In the 45th minute a Reinprecht shot deflected off Horner’s pads, but the Tigers were able to regain possession. Syndey Kirby corralled the ball and dished to an open Kelsey Byrne for the straight-on shot in front of the cage for her first goal of the year.
Riding its momentum, Princeton quickly added to its lead three minutes later. This time it was Michelle Cesan picking up Amanda Bird’s deflection. Cesan was perfectly placed on the left post and grabbed the rebound off Horner’s pads to tap in the goal and improve the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.
As the Tigers continued to pepper in shots, Horner managed to hold off Princeton again until the 61st minute. On a sweeping drive down the field, Cesan collected the ball and drove it toward the circle. She dished it to an open Allison Evans who sent in her eighth goal of the year past a diving Horner to wrap up Princeton’s offensive output.
No. 16 Wake Forest 3, No. 10 Boston College 1
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Taylor Rhea notched three goals on Saturday as Wake Forest downed Boston College 3-1 at Kentner Stadium.
Valerie Dahmen made six saves in the game including several crucial stops to keep Boston College from getting into the game.
The Demon Deacons move to 11-7 on the season and 1-5 in the ACC while Boston College falls to 12-6 and 1-5 in the ACC. The conference tournament begins next week in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Wake Forest scored once in the first half and added two more goals in the last 20 minutes of play.
Rhea tallied her third hat trick of the season after tallying three goals against Appalachian State and Radford.