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Men’s lacrosse: Sankey (Penn Charter), Creighton (Malvern Prep), Wigrizer (Haverford School) lead UNC, Duke teams into ACC finals

Saturday, 21st April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/21/12

Ninth-ranked North Carolina got three goals from Marcus Holman and two goals and three assists from Maverik Lacrosse Player of the Game Joey Sankey (Penn Charter) to upset fourth-ranked and host Virginia 11-9 Friday night in the second semifinal game of the 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament before 3,615 fans at Klockner Stadium.

With the win, the Tar Heels advance to the ACC Tournament championship game for only the second time since 1996 and they will play Duke, the tournament’s top seed, Sunday at 3 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPNU.

The third-seeded Tar Heels claimed their first ACC Tournament win outside of Chapel Hill since April 21, 1996 when they defeated Virginia 13-11 for the conference crown that year. When the Tar Heels meet seventh-ranked Duke on Sunday they will be playing in the tournament championship game for the 10th time (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2009, 2012). Carolina’s most recent ACC Tournament championship came in 1996. UNC last played in the ACC Tournament final in 2009 when it lost to Duke 15-13 in Chapel Hill.

Duke advanced to the championship game with a 6-5 victory over eighth-ranked Maryland in Friday’s first semifinal contest.

The win for Carolina broke a nine-game losing streak for the Tar Heels against Virginia as it beat the Wahoos for the first time since April 10, 2004 when the the Heels beat the Cavs 11-9 in a regular-season game in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels have now won six of their past seven games this season and they improved to 10-4 on the season overall while Virginia fell to 10-3 with the loss despite a seven-point effort by senior attackman Steele Stanwick.

Ryan Creighton (Malvern Prep) had a goal and an assist for the Heels while Jimmy Bitter, Chad Tutton and Nicky Galasso each scored once. Pat Foster and Thomas Wood added assists for Carolina.

Steele Stanwick led the scoring for the Cavaliers with his two-goal, five-assist effort. Rob Emery and Colin Briggs also had two goals each for the Wahoos while Matt White had a goal and a helper. Chris Bocklet and Chris LaPierre (Shawnee) each scored single goals for Virginia.

Duke 6, Maryland 5

Duke University sophomore Josh Dionne scored three goals and junior goaltender Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) made two saves in the final seconds to push top-seeded Duke into the men’s lacrosse ACC Championship game with a win over No. 4 seed Maryland at Klöckner Stadium. Duke advances to the title game for the 13th time in program history.

The seventh-ranked Blue Devils push their win streak to nine games and improved to 12-3 overall for the year. Duke is now 19-16 all-time in the ACC Tournament and 8-3 as the No. 1 seed. The 11 combined goals in the game were the fewest in a Duke-Maryland game since a 5-4 Terrapin victory in 1948 and the lowest combined score in ACC Tournament history.

The hat trick by Dionne was his seventh of the year and gives him 31 goals for the year. Justin Turri, Christian Walsh and CJ Costabile also added goals for the Blue Devils. Wigrizer finished with 10 saves for Duke, including three in the fourth quarter.

Niko Amato (La Salle) had seven saves for Maryland.

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