Fanfare-Colleges: A look at college and other news in brief
Duke women take charge at ACC
GREENSBORO — The No. 3 Duke women’s golf team took a commanding 11-shot lead after 36 holes of the 54-hole ACC Championship at at the 6,210-yard, par 71 Sedgefield Country Club after a round of 8-over-par 292 Saturday.
Duke stands 17 over for the first two rounds at 585, 11 shots better than second-place N.C. State (596).
Rounding out the field are Virginia (600), Florida State (609), Wake Forest (614), North Carolina (617), Miami (618), Boston College (625) and Maryland (632).
UNC women’s lacrosse sticks it to Vandy
NASHVILLE, TENN. — No. 2 North Carolina jumped out to a 12-0 first-half lead and cruised to a 20-5 win at Vanderbilt Saturday in the Tar Heels’ regular season finale.
Carolina (13-2) will return to action on Friday at 3 p.m. in the second of two Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals that day at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The tournament will include two first-round games on Thursday afternoon, two semifinals on Friday afternoon and the title game at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
Duke women earn No. 4 tourney seed
DURHAM — Ninth-ranked Duke used a complete game effort to top Ohio State 15-9 in its regular-season women’s lacrosse finale Saturday at Koskinen Stadium. The win lifted Duke to 11-4 (2-3 ACC).
Duke earns the No. 4 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament in Chapel Hill and will face fifth-seeded Virginia in a 1 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal.
No. 5 UNC lacrosse routs High Point
CHAPEL HILL — Fifth-ranked North Carolina built a 16-1 lead and never looked back as the Tar Heels defeated High Point 20-8 Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field before a crowd of 1,942 fans.
UNC (10-3) returns to action on Friday when it hosts the 2013 ACC Tournament at Kenan Stadium. Maryland plays Virginia at 5 p.m. in the opening semifinal while Carolina takes on Duke at 7:30 p.m. in the second semifinal game.
Northern grad Peacock leads ASU receivers
BOONE — Senior receiver Andrew Peacock, a Northern High School alumnus, led the Gold team with five catches for 51 yards in a 13-3 loss to the Black team in Appalachian State’s annual spring football game at Kidd Brewer Stadium Saturday.
Duke men lead at N.C. State invitational
RALEIGH — Senior Brinson Paolini fired a season-best 5-under-par 67 Saturday to help 10th-ranked Duke take the lead at the Wolfpack Spring Open with a 2-under 286.
The Blue Devils enter today’s final round at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course with a three-shot advantage over host N.C. State.
Savannah State tops NCCU in twinbill
DURHAM — Savannah State swept an MEAC doubleheader from N.C. Central at historic Durham Athletic Park Saturday, taking the opener 7-1 and scoring twice in the 11th inning to win the nightcap 4-2.
Savannah State improved to 23-17, 10-5 MEAC, while NCCU fell to 23-20, 10-10 MEAC.
ECU eyes depth in spring football game
GREENVILLE — After surrendering touchdowns on two of the first three offensive possessions, the Pirate defense bounced back to produce a solid performance in East Carolina’s annual spring football game Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Coach Ruffin McNeil was looking to add depth to a program that returns 16 of 22 starters and adjust his defense to new coordinator Rick Smith.
ECU’s passing attack generated a 32-of-56, 316-yard and two-touchdown effort from quarterbacks Shane Carden, Cody Keith, Kurt Benkert and Ethan Long.
Morgan State eliminates NCCU women
RALEIGH — North Division top seed Morgan State defeated N.C. Central 4-2 at Millbrook Exchange Park Tennis Center Saturday to advance to the MEAC Tennis Championship finals today.
Duke lacrosse downs Rutgers in Jersey
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The No. 7 Duke men’s lacrosse team (10-4) stopped Rutgers (2-12) 16-7 Saturday night on the road in its final regular-season match before heading to the ACC Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
The Blue Devils will face UNC Friday in the second of two semifinal matches.
Cydney Ross wins ACC 800-meter title
RALEIGH — Duke senior Cydney Ross, the ACC Indoor champion at 800 meters, won the ACC outdoor title in 2:06.10 at N.C. State on Saturday.
Freshman Anima Banks finished third in the event clocking a time of 2:07.44.
In the team standings, the women’s team finished in a tie for fourth place with 76 points while the men finished fifth with 66 points.