Friday's college roundup
Hommel, Maurer lead Duke in women’s lacrosse opener
DURHAM — Two Blue Devils collected hat tricks as the No. 7 Duke women’s lacrosse team opened the season with a 17-9 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday evening at Koskinen Stadium.
Sophomore Kerrin Maurer matched a program single-game record with five assists to go along with three goals, while senior Makenzie Hommel added three goals and two assists in the win.
Led by redshirt junior Maddie Salamone’s career-high nine draw controls, Duke held a 14-13 advantage on the draw and outshot the Hokies 33-17. The Blue Devils also had 13 of their 17 goals on the evening scored by underclassmen.
Nine Blue Devils registered a point in the contest, led by Maurer with a game-high eight points. Hommel totaled five and freshman Kelci Smesko notched three in her collegiate debut.
Sophomore Taylor Trimble began the scoring for Duke less than two minutes into the game, finding the net on an assist from Hommel.
Tar Heels double Falcons in opener
CHAPEL HILL — Fourth-ranked North Carolina got eight points from Marcus Holman and career high goal totals from Jimmy Bitter, Joey Sankey and Ryan Creighton as it won its men’s lacrosse opener 16-8 over Air Force on Friday night.
The game, which drew 1,714 fans to Fetzer Field, featured a head coaching matchup of a pair of former Tar Heel players — Joe Breschi (1990) for the Tar Heels and Eric Seremet (1992) for the Falcons.
It was a close game throughout the first half before the Tar Heels got some separation from the Falcons early in the third quarter. UNC outscored the Falcons 8-2 in the second half as the Tar Heel defense clamped down, with freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke making 10 second-half saves and UNC winning nine of 12 faceoffs.
Duke women cruise by Baylor
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Ester Goldfeld and Mary Clayton led the third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team to a 4-1 win over No. 15 Baylor on Friday in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championship at the University of Virginia.
With the win, the Blue Devils advance to play No. 14 Northwestern in the quarterfinals today at noon.
In doubles action, junior Marianne Jodoin and sophomore Annie Mulholland broke serve twice to open their match against Alex Leatu and Victoria Kisialeva, before taking an 8-4 victory in the No. 2 position.
On court one, Clayton and Goldfeld dropped serve twice and found themselves at a 4-1 deficit against Emma Burgic and Kiah Generette. Despite the slow start, the Duke tandem battled back, winning seven consecutive games to claim the match 8-4 and clinch the doubles point for Duke.
With the wins, the Blue Devils have now clinched the doubles point in five consecutive matches and now own a perfect 11-0 tally in doubles play this season.
TAR HEELS ROLL — No. 8 North Carolina swept its way into the ITA National Indoor Championships quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over No. 13 Texas A&M.
The Tar Heels snagged a tight doubles point and got singles wins from Lauren McHale, Caroline Price and Tessa Lyons and will face No. 4 USC today at 3:30 p.m.
All three doubles courts were tight throughout and a tiebreak on court three decided the point. After the No. 7 duo of Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov outlasted No. 8 Ashley Dai andWhitney Kay on court one 8-5, UNC (6-0) was left needing both matches to win doubles.
Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Zoe De Bruycker made it one match each by outlasting Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Anna Mamalat 8-5. McHale and Lyons trailed on court three, facing a pair of match points. But Lyons got a winner at 30-40 and then another on the no-ad point to force a tiebreak. Up 6-5 in the breaker, McHale hit a winner of her own to give UNC the match and the point.
UNC wrestlers top VMI
CHAPEL HILL — The No. 24 North Carolina wrestling team easily put away VMI 28-9 at Carmichael Arena on Friday night.
Sophomore Alex Utley gave the Tar Heels (6-6) a boost in the first match with a 17-2 tech fall in the first period. Utley gave the Tar Heels a 5-0 advantage against Hardy Hendren.
Duke men’s tennis tops Tennessee
DURHAM — Freshman Josh Levine clinched the first match of his Duke career, as the ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team downed No. 14 Tennessee, 4-1, Friday in front of a packed house of over 800 fans at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
Sophomore Jason Tahir claimed the first singles point of the match for the Blue Devils (7-1) on court five with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 win over Edward Jones, while Raphael Hemmeler defeated John Collins, 6-3, 6-1, in his first appearance of the season in the No. 4 position. Tennessee made the match 3-1 after freshman Michael Redlicki fell to Brandon Fickey, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.