DURHAM — Brendan Fowler won 21 faceoffs and Christian Walsh scored five goals to lead No. 3 Duke to the 500th victory in program history with a 17-11 decision over visiting Harvard in mens lacrosse action on Saturday at a rain-soaked Koskinen Stadium.
Winners of five straight games, the Blue Devils improved to 9-2 while Harvard falls to 5-4. Duke stretches its home win streak to 10 games dating back to March 2, 2013.
Dukes Myles Jones finished the day with four goals while Deemer Class added one goal and three assists. Fowler dominated at the faceoff by winning 21-of-31 draws and securing 14 ground balls. Luke Duprey chipped in seven ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
In the Duke net, Luke Aaron was credited with 10 saves.
North Carolina 13, Johns Hopkins 9: The fifth-ranked North Carolina mens lacrosse team outscored ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins 9-2 over the last 31:30 to beat the Blue Jays 13-9 at Homewood Field in Baltimore.
Joey Sankey had a career-high five goals and he matched his career high for points in a game with seven to lead the Tar Heels comeback.
UNC has won three games in a row and has improved to 8-2 heading into a home game next Saturday against No. 8 Virginia.
UNC trailed 7-4 five minutes before halftime but scored the next six goals in a row to take a 10-7 lead that Carolina never relinquished.
Syracuse 19, Duke 15: Third-ranked Syracuse used a balanced scoring attack and strong play at the draw to hand the eighth-ranked Blue Devils a 19-15 loss in the teams first meeting Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
Trailing 18-9 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest, Duke generated six goals before the end of regulation but was unable to come back from the deficit, falling to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in ACC action.
Senior Kerrin Maurer paced the Blue Devil attack with four goals and two assists while junior Taylor Trimble, senior Sydney Peterson and Maddy Morrissey also had hat tricks. Kayla Treanor led the charge for Syracuse with four tallies and teammate Alyssa Murray added three.
For the game, the Orange held a 33-27 edge in shots and won the draw by a 22-14 margin. Duke won the ground ball battle, 18-11.
Duke: Senior Tricia Liston will compete in the Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships on April 3 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
A finalist for the John R. Wooden Award this season, Liston will compete in the Womens 3-Point Championship. A first-team All-ACC and WBCA All-Region II selection in 2013-14, she contributed 17.2 points per game and shot 48.1 percent (87-for-181) from beyond the arc while setting a Duke single-season record for three-pointers made. Liston wrapped up her career ranked first in school history and seventh in ACC annals with 252 treys and shot 45.9 percent (252-for-549) from long distance.
Clemson 4, N.C. State 3: The N.C. State men (11-7) dropped their first match inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center this season.
The Wolfpack dropped the doubles point to open the match, as Clemson won matches at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The Pack took the first doubles match of the day, as Sean Weber and Simon Norenius defeated Clemsons Alejandro Augosto and Robert Dudley in a tiebreak, 8-7 (2). The Tigers responded moments later with a victory at the No. 3 spot in the order, as Austin Powell and Thomas Weigel dropped a hard-fought match against Austin Ansari and Luke Johnson, 8-5.
The crucial opening point was decided at the top position of the lineup, as the duo of Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster dropped their second match of the season against Clemsons No. 25 pair of Hunter Harrington and Dominique Maden, 8-7 (2).
In singles, Weber was defeated at the No. 4 position by Ansari, 6-1, 6-3, while Harrington defeated Powell at the top spot in the order, 6-4, 6-3. The Tigers sealed the team victory after Weigel was outlasted by Clemsons Augosto at the No. 3 position in a third set, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.