Friday's college roundup
UNC women knock off No. 1 Northwestern
CHAPEL HILL — Fifth-ranked North Carolina jumped out to a 7-1 first-half lead and held off a rally by top-ranked Northwestern to defeat the Wildcats 11-8 on Friday night in women’s lacrosse action from Fetzer Field.
The win breaks a four-game losing streak to the reigning NCAA champions and is UNC’s first win over the Wildcats since 2010.
Abbey Friend led the Tar Heels with three goals, including UNC’s final two goals of the game in the last 15 minutes.
Sammy Jo Tracy had two goals and two assists for UNC, while Kara Cannizzaro and Taylor George both scored twice and Emily Garrity dished out two assists. Jessica Griffin and Aly Messinger each scored single goals for the Tar Heels, and Brittney Coppa added an assist.
Swart pitches Duke past Bucknell
DURHAM — Sophomore left-hander Trent Swart tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and held Bucknell to just two hits over seven scoreless innings to lead Duke to a 9-0 win Friday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.
Swart (1-0) retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced, including the last 17 in a row. Swart had a strikeout in every inning except the sixth and did not issue a walk in his second start of the season. It was the third 10-strikeout performance of his career.
Duke (2-2) took advantage of two Bucknell errors in the bottom of the third to go ahead 2-0.
Angelo La Bruna led the Blue Devils at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a three-run double and a run scored. Jeff Kremer added two hits and scored twice, while Andrew Istler, Mike Rosenfeld and Matt Berezo all drove in one run apiece.
Game two of the series is scheduled today at 1 p.m., and the Blue Devils and Bison will wrap up Sunday at noon.
UNC series schedule change
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s weekend series against Stony Brook, origininally scheduled to open Friday, will open today at 2 p.m. and conclude with a doubleheader Sunday at 11 a.m.
Fans with tickets for Friday’s contest will be admitted to any of this weekend’s games.
Blue Devils continue to rewrite swimming records
GREENSBORO — Junior Nick McCrory matched an ACC record by winning the sixth diving title of his career and junior Christine Wixted earned All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season Friday at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.
The Blue Devils closed out Friday’s action at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with six new program records, one conference record and a number of personal-best performances.
McCrory made history in the men’s 3-meter springboard diving finals, winning his sixth ACC diving title to become the most decorated male diver in the history of the conference. He broke his own conference and school record in the event with a total score of 498.60, capturing the ACC title on the 3-meter board for the second time in his career.
McCrory is tied with N.C. State’s Allyson Reid (1979-81) for the most individual championships by a diver in ACC history and will have an opportunity to take sole possession of the record today when he competes on the 10-meter platform.
UNC’s Cari Blalock won the 400 IM, and Lauren Earp and Carly Smith earned runner-up finishes Friday.
Blalock won her first individual ACC title and became the first Tar Heel to win the 400 IM since Laura Moriarty in 2010. Earp took second in the 200 freestyle with a time just shy of the school record.
Smith, a redshirt junior from Chapel Hill, came back from her year off and was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke in a time of 53.05.
Reigning champion Virginia is on its way to the title with 560 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 348, Florida State 340, N.C. State 322, Miami 288, UNC 287, Duke 174, Georgia Tech 122, Boston College 80 and Clemson with nine.