DURHAM — After opening the season with a pair of convincing wins, the Duke women’s lacrosse program was tabbed No. 5 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I rankings released on Monday, up from No. 6 a week ago.
Through the first two games of the season, Duke is outshooting its opponents by a 64-40 margin and has compiled a 19.50 goals scored average. The defensive unit has held opposing teams to a goals scored average of 7.50.
• The 10th-ranked and seventh-seeded Duke women’s tennis team registered a come-from-behind, 4-3, victory over fifth-ranked and fourth-seeded UCLA (8-1) in Charlottesville, Va.
The Blue Devils (8-0) claimed their second ITA Indoors title and the first since the 2003 campaign.
Duke opened the match down 3-0 but netted two third-set tiebreaking wins to clinch the victory over the Bruins. For the second time in three matches, it came down to Hanna Mar on court three and the senior delivered with a 7-3 tiebreaker win in the second set and a 10-3 tiebreaker victory in the third set, after dropping the first set, 6-3.
Campbell: Ryan Thompson, last season's Big South Pitcher of the Year and the Preseason Pitcher of the Year, is on the Louisville Slugger Preseason Second Team and NCBWA Third Team All-American. Last week, Baseball America named Thompson to its list of top 50 college seniors.
Former N.C. State golfer Justin Walters took a share of second place in the Joburg Open in his homecoming at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club this past weekend.
Part of the European Tour, the Joburg Open hosted a field of 210 golfers. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Walters finished with a -16 score of 271. Walters recorded 21 birdies and one eagle over four rounds and earned a birth in the British Open.
East Carolina senior guard Akeem Richmond was named Conference USA Player of the Week. It is his first C-USA Player-of-the-Week honor of the season and second of his career. The Sanford native averaged 26.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 50 percent behind the arc in two games last week.
• Duke freshman Jabari Parker swept the ACC’s weekly awards, winning ACC Player and ACC Freshman of the Week. He averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Duke past Wake Forest, 83-63, and Boston College, 89-68, last week.
Elon’s Wednesday home opener at Elon against North Carolina has been postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast. The game will be rescheduled for March 27, at 5:30 p.m.
• The doubleheader between Saint Augustine’s and Davis & Elkins College scheduled for Monday was postponed due to inclement weather and field conditions. No make-up date has been set at this time.
Area standouts including Duke’s Alexis Jones and Tricia Liston were among 10 players added to the “Wade Watch” list by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the Wade Trophy Coalition.
The newcomers are: Jones, Liston, Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State, Hallie Christofferson of Iowa State, Christina Foggie of Vanderbilt, Markeisha Gatling of N.C. State, Dearica Hamby of Wake Forest, Natasha Howard of Florida State, Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame, and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina.
Wake Forest carded a second-round 301 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., and remains in a tie for eighth heading into the final round.
• The East Carolina women’s team fired a second-round 1-over par 289 moving up three spots at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Fla.