Loyola beats Maryland for lacrosse title

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Loyola beats Maryland for lacrosse title

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Top-seeded Loyola of Maryland beat Maryland 9-3 Monday to win the NCAA men's lacrosse title behind Eric Lusby's four goals. Lusby set a record with 17 goals in the tournament. The Greyhounds captured their first national lacrosse championship and finished the season at 18-1. Maryland (12-6) lost the title game for the second straight year. Chris Layne added three assists for the Greyhounds, whose only loss this season was to Johns Hopkins in overtime on April 28. When the game ended, Loyola's players rushed toward goalie Jack Runkel, leaving a trail of sticks, helmets and gloves for a celebratory pileup. The players then ran across the field and a few leaped into the stands where their fans were seated before lining up and shaking hands with the Maryland players. The two Maryland schools are separated by about 30 miles, but it was only their 21st meeting and first since the Terrapins' 19-8 victory in the 1998 national semifinals. The Greyhounds scored seven straight goals after falling behind 3-2 and shut out the Terrapins for the final 40 minutes, 40 seconds. Lusby, who scored five times in the 7-5 win over Notre Dame in the semifinals, broke the tournament record of 16 goals shared by Matt Ward of Virginia (2006) and Zack Greer (2007) of Duke. The Greyhounds scored three straight times in the second quarter for a 5-3 lead at halftime. Loyola's Justin Ward scored the only goal of the third quarter. Then the Greyhounds pulled away with three more in the fourth. Lusby added his second goal 3:48 into the fourth quarter. He tied the tournament record with another goal with 5:07 left and broke it with the final goal of the game, scoring with 3:45 left. Maryland opened the scoring on defenseman Jesse Bernhardt's goal with 9:36 left in the first quarter. The Terps went up 3-2 early in the second when Kevin Cooper scored from in front, but the Greyhounds scored the next seven.

No. 23 Virginia shuts down No. 5 North Carolina

No. 23 Virginia shuts down No. 5 North Carolina

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and No. 23 Virginia used a small lineup to neutralize No. 5 North Carolina's size in a 53-43 victory Monday night.

Guy connected on five 3-pointers for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Perrantes hit three, continuing to emerge from a shooting slump that contributed greatly to a four-game skid for the Cavaliers.

Joel Berry II scored 12 points to lead the Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4), who snapped a four-game winning streak. ACC player of the year contender Justin Jackson, who arrived averaging 19.9 points in league play, was guarded most of the night by Perrantes and scored just seven points and missed seven of his 10 shots.

The Cavaliers opened a 33-23 lead early in the second half, then saw North Carolina scored the next six points to pull to 33-29. But Devon Hall hit a pair of free throws and Guy followed two Tar Heels misses with a 3-pointer. After the Tar Heels trailed 40-39 with 9:26 left, Perrantes made back-to-back 3s for Virginia, rousing the crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to deafening levels. When Jack Salt added a putback that lingered on the rim, then dropped, the outcome seemed certain.

North Carolina, averaging 86.2 points, scored just four points in the game's last 9:26.

CAA Tournament: Bracket, when and how to watch

CAA Tournament: Bracket, when and how to watch

Throughout the regular season, UNC-Wilmington (26-5, 15-3) has been the favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Perhaps there was even a chance for the Seahawks to get an at-large tournament bid if they were to lose in the conference tournament. 

A handful of losses to CAA opponents, William and Mary, College of Charleston, and Elon changed that tone. 

In order for the Seahawks to make the NCAA tournament and repeat as champions they have to win the conference tournament. However, every other team in the conference will be battling for a chance in the tournament as well.

One the teams on the radar is Charleston (23-8, 14-4) who beat Wilmington at home earlier in the season and has not lost to a team below .500 all season. Emerging as a suprise team in CAA play this year, the Cougars appear to be the biggest threat to Wilimington as the tournament hosts in the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Of course you can never count out long-time CAA members, William and Mary (16-13, 10-8) and Towson (19-12, 11-7).

BRACKET: 

First Round (March 3rd): 

#8 Hofstra vs. #9 Delaware 6:00 p.m.
#7 James Madison vs. #10 Drexel 8:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals (March 4th):

#1 UNC-Wilmington vs. Winner of Hofstra/Delaware 12:00 p.m.
#4 William and Mary vs. #5 Elon 2:30 p.m.
#2 Charleston vs. Winner of James Madison/Drexel 6:00 p.m.
#3 Towson vs. #6 Northeastern 8:30 p.m.

Semifinals (March 5th)

Winner of Quaterfinal #1 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal #2 2:00 p.m.
Winner of Quarerfinal #3 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal #4 7:00 p.m.

Championship (March 6th):

Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO WATCH:

First Round: CAA.tv

Quaterfinals: Comcast SportsNet regional networks

Semifinals: Comcast SportsNet regional networks

Championship: CBS Sports Network

 

The CAA Champion will then have to wait until March 12 for Selection Sunday to find out when and where they will play.