An interesting day in ACC lacrosse, and not just because of the penalty-filled second half in the Maryland-Johns Hopkins game.
Virginia, which had a chance to lock up a perfect ACC regular season, instead endured a 15-10 drubbing at Duke to end whatever hopes the Cavaliers had of a perfect season.
That sort of loss is probably for the best for Dom Starsia’s team, which had just eked out one-goal defeats against Hopkins, Maryland and North Carolina the last three weeks. The Cavaliers were due a loss, though maybe not the pummeling Duke administered.
What’s interesting is Virginia’s loss jumbles up the ACC tournament seeding picture. Since Duke, Maryland and Virginia all finished 2-1 and split their games with each other, the next tiebreaker was needed —- goals allowed in common games.
Maryland beat Duke 11-8 and lost to Virginia 10-9. So that led to this goals yielded total:
As a result, Maryland is the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2004 and will meet host North Carolina in the ACC semifinals. The Tar Heels, by the way, have lost their last 21 games against ACC opponents and haven’t won an ACC tournament game since the 1996 final. Yes, they’ve dropped 12 straight semifinals.
Duke and Virginia will face in a rematch in the other semifinal, with the Blue Devils earning the No. 2 seed and the honor of donning the white jerseys.
So that should be an interesting situation in a couple weeks in Chapel Hill. More lacrosse tidbits to come throughout the weekend.
—- Patrick Stevens