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Duke, UNC place four each on All-ACC lacrosse team

Jordan Wolf.

Duke’s Jordan Wolf.

Eleven student-athletes, including two each from Duke and North Carolina, on the Tewaaraton Award watch list highlight this year’s All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Team, as announced today by the conference office.

Maryland, the No. 1 seed for this week’s 2014 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, leads all schools with five selections to the All-ACC team. Duke, which shared the regular-season title with the Terrapins, joins North Carolina with four members on the squad.

Duke placed Deemer Class, Brendan Fowler, Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf on the squad. North Carolina’s selections are Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton.

Notre Dame and Syracuse each have two All-ACC members, and Virginia one.

Niko Amato, Mike Chanenchuk, Mike Ehrhardt, Goran Murray and Charlie Raffa represent Maryland.

Matt Kavanagh and Steve O’Hara are Notre Dame’s first-ever All-ACC selections, while Brandon Mullins and Kevin Rice are the first to be named from Syracuse. Mark Cockerton represents Virginia on this year’s All-ACC team.

Five members of the All-ACC teams are multi-year honorees as Duke’s Wolf and Maryland’s Amato collected All-ACC honors for the fourth times of their careers, joining only five other former ACC greats as four-time selections – NC State’s Stan Cockerton (1977-80), Maryland’s Pete Worstell (1977-78, 1980-81) and Virginia’s Scott Gerham (1981-84), Roddy Marino (1983-86) and Michael Watson (1994-97). Duke’s Fowler, North Carolina’s Sankey and Virginia’s Cockerton are repeat honorees having earned All-ACC honors in 2013.

Duke’s Wolf (3.29) and Virginia’s Cockerton (2.93) rank 1-2 among conference players and in goals per game. Wolf ranks third nationally, while Cockerton stands eighth. Wolf(4.79) and Syracuse’s Rice (4.5) lead the ACC in overall scoring and rank a respective fifth and sixth among all NCAA Division I players.

Rice leads the ACC and is tied for sixth nationally with 2.33 assists per match, followed by Notre Dame’s Kavanaugh at 2.0 per contest.

Maryland’s Amato has been solid in the net again this season, ranking fifth nationally while allowing a conference-low 7.38 goals per game. Duke’s Fowler (9.5) stands fifth nationally in ground balls per game, and Maryland’s Raffa (8.3) ranks second to Fowler among ACC players. Raffa’s .663 faceoff winning percentage leads the ACC and ranks third nationally.

The All-ACC team was determined by a vote of the league’s six head coaches who could not vote for their own players.

The 2014 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship gets under way with two semifinal games Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Second-seeded Duke faces No. 3 Syracuse at 5 p.m., followed by No. 4 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Maryland at 7:30 p.m. An “ACC Showcase Game” between North Carolina and Virginia will be played Saturday night at 7:30, followed by Sunday’s 1 p.m. title game between Friday evening’s winners.

ESPNU will televise the Friday evening semifinals and Sunday’s championship game, while ESPN3 will show the “ACC Showcase” on Saturday.

Individual awards, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Coach and Freshman of the Year, will be voted on by the league’s head coaches following the ACC Championship.

2014 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team

Deemer Class, So., M, Duke
Brendan Fowler, Sr., M, Duke !*
Myles Jones, So., M, Duke
Jordan Wolf, Sr., A, Duke %*
Niko Amato, Sr., G, Maryland %*
Mike Chanenchuk, Sr., M, Maryland *
Mike Ehrhardt, Sr., D, Maryland *
Goran Murray, Jr., D, Maryland
Charlie Raffa, Jr., M, Maryland
Jimmy Bitter, Jr., A, North Carolina
Ryan Creighton, Sr., M, North Carolina
Joey Sankey, Jr., A, North Carolina !*
Chad Tutton, Jr., M, North Carolina *
Matt Kavanagh, So., A, Notre Dame*
Steve O’Hara, Sr., D, Notre Dame *
Brandon Mullins, R-So., D, Syracuse
Kevin Rice, Jr., A, Syracuse *
Mark Cockerton, Sr., A, Virginia !*

% Four-time All-ACC Team selection
! Two-time All-ACC Team selection
* 2014 Tewaaraton Award Candidates

- News release

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Five Tar Heels, four Devils make women’s All-ACC lacrosse squad

UNC's Abbey Friend.

UNC’s Abbey Friend.

An eye-opening 20 Tewaaraton Award candidates, including five from UNC and four from Duke, highlight the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Team announced on Wednesday.

Maryland, the conference regular-season co-champion and the No. 1 seed for this week’s ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship, leads with four student-athletes voted to the first team and five selections overall in balloting by the league’s eight head coaches. North Carolina also has five total selections, while ACC regular-season co-champion Syracuse and Duke follow with four apiece. All eight of the ACC women’s lacrosse teams placed at least one player on the squad.

The first team includes the ACC’s top two overall scorers in Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor (5.31 points per game) and the top two goal scorers in Treanor (3.62) and North Carolina’s Abbey Friend (3.31). Nine of the ACC’s top 10 overall scorers and nine of the top 10 goal scorers were voted to either the first or second team.

Defensively, the first team features Virginia goalkeeper Liz Colgan, whose 10 saves per game leads the conference and ranks sixth nationally. Second-team selection Margaret Smith of Notre Dame ranks sixth nationally with 2.19 turnovers caused per game.

The All-ACC First and Second Teams include a number of other national statistics leaders. Treanor ranks fifth among NCAA Division I players in goals scored, and Friend is ninth. Treanor ranks second nationally in total points scored, while second-team selections Kerrin Maurer of Duke (4.8) and Covie Stanwick of Boston College (4.6) rank sixth and seventh respectively.

Nine members of the All-ACC teams are multi-year honorees as Boston College’s Rix and Stanwick and North Carolina’s Friend and Serpe collected All-ACC honors for the third time in their careers, while Duke’s Virden, Trimble and Maurer, and Maryland’s Cummings and Griffin are repeat honorees having earned All-ACC honors in 2013.

The 2014 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship gets underway at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Thursday. Quarterfinal matches find No. 1 Maryland against No. 8 Virginia Tech at 11 a.m., followed by No. 4 Duke versus No. 5 Virginia at 1 p.m. Syracuse, the No. 2 seed, meets No. 7 Notre Dame at 3 p.m. The quarterfinal session closes with No. 3 North Carolina versus No. 6 Boston College at 5 p.m.

Semifinal matches are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, and the title game for Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be telecast by the ACC’s Regional Sports Network, with the exception of Thursday’s 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. quarterfinal matches. Those will streamed live by the ACC Digital Network.

For more information on the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship, please see http://theacc.co/WLAXchamp. For a tournament bracket, please see http://theacc.co/WLAX14bracket,

The 2014 All-ACC Women’s Lacrosse Team:

First Team All-ACC
Abbey Friend, Sr., A, North Carolina %^
Alyssa Murray, Sr., A, Syracuse ^
Kayla Treanor, So., A, Syracuse ^
Taylor Cummings, So., M, Maryland ! ^
Beth Glaros, Sr., M, Maryland
Kelly McPartland, Jr., M, Maryland ^
Mikaela Rix, Jr, M, Boston College %^
Taylor Trimble, Jr., M, Duke ! ^
Megan Douty, Jr., D, Maryland ^
Sloane Serpe, Sr., D, North Carolina % ^
Taylor Virden, Sr., D, Duke !^
Liz Colgan, Sr., G, Virginia
Caylee Waters, Fr., G, North Carolina

*due to a tie in voting an extra member was added to the team

Second Team All-ACC
Brooke Griffin, R-Jr., A, Maryland !^
Kerrin Maurer, Jr., A, Duke !^
Covie Stanwick, Jr, A, Boston College %^
Courtney Swan, Jr., A, Virginia ^
Megan Will, Jr., A, Virginia Tech
Sarah Mannelly, So., M, Boston College ^
Aly Messinger, So., A, North Carolina ^
Maddy Morrissey, Sr., M, Duke
Katie Webster, So, M, Syracuse ^
Kasey Mock, Sr., D, Syracuse ^
Margaret Smith, Sr., D, Notre Dame ^
Morgan Stephens, Jr., D, Virginia ^
Megan Ward, So., G, North Carolina

*due to a tie in voting an extra member was added to the team

^ – Tewaaraton Award candidates
% Three-time All-ACC Team selection
! Two-time All-ACC Team selection

- News release

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UNC freshman wins ACC women’s tennis player of the year

Jamie Loeb.

Jamie Loeb.

North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb has been selected the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and leads the 2014 All-ACC Team as announced by Commissioner John Swofford.

In addition to Loeb, the Tar Heels’ Haley Carter also took home one of the league’s top honors, as she was named Freshman of the Year. Clemson’s Nancy Harris was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career.

Individual honors, as well as the All-ACC teams, were determined by a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.

Loeb, a native of Ossining, N.Y., is just the third North Carolina student-athlete to earn Player of the Year honors, while Carter is the first Tar Heel to earn Freshman of the Year honors.

Harris, who led the Tigers to a share of the ACC regular season title for the first time since 2007, becomes the second Clemson head coach to earn Coach of the Year honors, joining Andy Johnston who won the award four times – most recently in 1993 – during his time with the Tigers.

Thirteen ACC institutions had representatives on the All-ACC team, led by Virginia with four representatives. North Carolina, Duke, Miami and Clemson had three representatives apiece. Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech each posted two honorees on the teams, while Boston College, Maryland, NC State, Notre Dame and Syracuse rounded out the list with one representative apiece.

Duke’s Ester Goldfeld and Hanna Mar, along with NC State’s Joelle Kissell, were All-ACC selections for the third time in their career. A total of nine student-athletes collected All-ACC honors for the second time in their career.

Individual Award Winners

Player of the Year – Jamie Loeb, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year – Haley Carter, North Carolina
Coach of the Year – Nancy Harris, Clemson

All-ACC First Team
Jamie Loeb Fr. North Carolina
Julia Elbaba @ So. Virginia
Beatrice Capra @ So. Duke
Hayley Carter Fr. North Carolina
Stephanie Wagner @ So. Miami
Ester Goldfeld # Jr. Duke
Kendal Woodard @ So. Georgia Tech
Hanna Mar # Sr. Duke
Danielle Collins So. Virginia

All-ACC Second Team
Joelle Kissell # Sr. NC State
Caroline Price @ Jr. North Carolina
Kelsey Laurente So. Miami
Megan Kurey So. Georgia Tech
Kerrie Cartwright Jr. Florida State
Jessica Wacnik Jr. Boston College
Yana Koroleva @ Sr. Clemson
Maddie Kobelt Sr. Syracuse
Stephanie Nauta @ So. Virginia

@ – Two-time honoree
# – Three-time honoree

- News release

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Devils play two against Syracuse; Heels play two against Louisville next season

acclogo2Next season the Duke and North Carolina basketball teams will have premier home and home series. The Devils host and travel to Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Wake Forest while the Tar Heels host and travel to Louisville, Georgia Tech, Duke and NC State.

“It’s exciting to look ahead to our league’s basketball schedule, as there’s no shortage of quality conference games,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This two-year alignment will allow for outstanding opportunities that will highlight our teams and players while providing our fans with continually appealing matchups.”

The matchups released today designate the 18-game home and away opponents for each of the next two seasons. Specific game dates, times and networks have not yet been determined.

Next season will mark the third in which each ACC team will play an 18-game conference schedule. With Louisville joining the ACC on July 1, nine of the conference’s 15 teams will enter next season having made postseason appearances in 2013-14, including seven teams that took part in NCAA Tournament play this past year.

The ACC’s collective non-losing streak in the NCAA Tournament reached 27 years in 2013-14, by far the longest stretch in the nation. The ACC has had at least one team ranked among the Top 10 of the final Associated Press poll for 54 consecutive years.

Conference game matchups for the next two seasons for Triangle teams are as follows:

Duke 2014-15
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College
Road: Florida State, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville

North Carolina 2014-15

Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Georgia Tech, Louisville
Home: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Miami, Clemson, Wake Forest , Pittsburgh, Boston College

NC State 2014-15
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia
Home: Duke, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College

Duke 2015-16
Home/Road: North Carolina , Wake Forest , NC State, Louisville
Home: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Notre Dame
Road: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Boston College

North Carolina 2015-16
Home/Road: Duke, NC State, Boston College, Syracuse
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh
Road: Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame

NC State 2015-16
Home/Road: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida State, Duke
Home: Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, Boston College
Road: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame

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Duke’s Maurer, Virden earn weekly ACC lacrosse honors

Taylor Virden, Kerrin Maurer.

Taylor Virden, Kerrin Maurer.

Duke senior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior defender Taylor Virden have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Maurer netted the game-winning goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to send eighth-ranked Duke past No. 3 North Carolina in the first women’s lacrosse game to be played at Kenan Stadium. Maurer tallied her eighth hat trick of the season, scoring the Blue Devils’ first and last goals of the contest. In addition, her assist on a Sydney Peterson goal with 4:12 left in regulation helped knot the game at 6-6. Maurer continues to pace Duke in scoring on the season with a team-best 47 goals and 25 assists for 72 points.

Virden helped the Duke defense hold the Tar Heels to their second-lowest scoring output of the season in Wednesday’s upset victory. One of the team’s key defensive personnel, Virden also helped the Blue Devils win the draw controls category by a 9-8 margin, contributing solid play from the wings.

The ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship gets under way Thursday, April 24, with quarterfinal action beginning at 11 a.m.

Duke men’s senior attackman Jordan Wolf was name ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Wolf matched a career high with six goals and eight points overall to lead Duke to a 17-8 win over Rutgers. Wolf extended his point streak to 55 games and his goal scoring streak to 16 as Duke finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record at home. Wolf has nine hat tricks this season and 29 in his career, while his six goals moved him to fifth on the ACC career goals chart with 166. This is Wolf’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.

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Duke opens defense of ACC golf title Friday

dukegolfThe team pairings are set for the opening round of the 61st annual ACC Men’s Golf Championship, which will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 25-27, over the 7,102-yard, par-72 course at the Old North State Country Club in New London, N.C.

Boston College, Maryland and Notre Dame begin the championship on Friday teeing off at 8:30 a.m. NC State, North Carolina and Duke are in the next wave at 9:20, followed by Wake Forest, Clemson and Florida State at 10:20 a.m. Virginia Tech, Virginia and Georgia Tech have the morning’s final tee time at 11:10 a.m.

ACC Men’s Golf Championship – First Round Pairings

8:30 – 9:10 a.m. = Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame
9:20 – 10:00 a.m. = NC State, North Carolina, Duke
10:20 – 11:00 a.m. = Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State
11:10 – 11:50 a.m. = Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech

Duke enters as the defending champion and will try to repeat against a field that features four teams ranked in the top 20 nationally: No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Virginia, No. 12 Virginia Tech, and No. 19 Florida State. Clemson is No. 33, followed by No. 37 Wake Forest, No. 86 Duke, No. 92 North Carolina, No. 102 NC State, No. 104 Notre Dame, No. 139 Maryland and No. 212 Boston College.

Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans enters as the highest ranked golfer in the league at No. 3 in the country according to Golfstat. Following Schniederjans, five more ACC golfers rank in the top 50: No. 11 Scott Vincent (Virginia Tech), No. 15 Jack Maguire (Florida State), No. 22 Denny McCarthy (Virginia), No. 23 Seth Reeves (Georgia Tech) and No. 37 Trevor Cone (Virginia Tech).

2014 marks the 13th-straight year and 29th time overall that the league championship will be held at the Old North State Country Club. Wake Forest leads all schools with 18 league titles and 22 individual champions. Georgia Tech, which has won 12 outright ACC Championships and shared two more, has produced nine individual medalists, including Anders Albertson, last year’s winner. North Carolina is third with 11 titles (10 outright), followed by Clemson with nine (eight outright).

Saturday and Sunday action will be streamed live by the ACC Digital Network starting at 2 p.m. each day. There is no charge for admission.

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Duke’s McCrory heads All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team

Duke senior Nick McCrory has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines the 2014 All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming & Diving Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

A religion major from Chapel Hill

Nick McCrory.

Nick McCrory.

, McCrory won his fourth individual national championship in the platform dive discipline at the 2014 NCAA Championships, becoming the first to accomplish the feat in that event. In addition, McCrory earned All-America status on the one-meter board. McCrory completes his career as an 11-time All-American and a record 10 gold medals in ACC Championship competition.

Each of the ACC’s 11 schools that sponsor men’s swimming and diving are represented on the All-Academic Team, led by Virginia Tech with nine student-athletes. Virginia and Notre Dame have six apiece, while North Carolina has five, NC State has four and Georgia Tech has three. Duke and Florida State each had two, followed by Pitt, Miami and Boston College with one honoree.

Virginia Tech’s Ryan Hawkins and Nick Tremols, along with Florida State’s Tom Neubacher, NC State’s Jonathan Boffa and Virginia’s Taylor Grey, were named to the league’s academic team for the fourth time in their careers.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Sean Murphy
Sr.
Finance & Info Systems
Boston College

Nick McCrory #
Sr.
Religion
Duke

Hunter Knight
Sr.
Psychology
Duke

Tom Neubacher %
Sr.
Sport Management
Florida State

Jason McCormick
Fr.
Business
Florida State

Andrew Kosic #
Jr.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Tech

Nico van Duijn #
Jr.
Electrical Engineering
Georgia Tech

Mats Westergren
So.
Business Administration
Georgia Tech

Zach Nees
Sr.
Computer Science
Miami

Jack Nyquist
Fr.
Undecided
North Carolina

Patrick Myers #
Jr.
Business
North Carolina

Brad Dillon @
Sr.
Economics
North Carolina

Sam Lewis
So.
Mathematics
North Carolina

Dominick Glavich @
Jr.
Child Development & Family Studies
North Carolina

Jonathan Boffa %
Sr.
Graphic Design
NC State

Andreas Schiellerup
Fr.
Biological Sciences
NC State

Derek Hren
Fr.
Nutrition Sciences
NC State

Adam Linker
Fr.
Engineering
NC State

Joe Coumos
Fr.
Undeclared
Notre Dame

Colin Babcock
Sr.
Information Technology Management
Notre Dame

Zach Stephens
Jr.
Marketing
Notre Dame

Matthew Buerger
So.
Science-Business
Notre Dame

Kevin Hughes
Jr.
Accountancy
Notre Dame

Cameron Miller
Jr.
Science-Business
Notre Dame

Jon Lierley
Jr.
Finance
Pitt

Nathan Hart @
Sr.
Electrical Engineering
Virginia

Luke Papendick @
So.
Undeclared
Virginia

Yannick Kaeser
So.
Undeclared
Virginia

Jack Murfee @
Sr.
English
Virginia

David Ingraham
Jr.
Commerce
Virginia

Taylor Grey %
Sr.
Environmental Science
Virginia

Ryan Hawkins %
Sr.
Architecture
Virginia Tech

TJ Shinholser
Fr.
Business
Virginia Tech

Morgan Latimer @
Jr.
History
Virginia Tech

Harrison Cefalo
Jr.
Electrical Engineering
Virginia Tech

Brandon Fiala
Fr.
Finance
Virginia Tech

Robert Owen
Fr.
University Studies
Virginia Tech

Kyle Butts #
Jr.
Finance
Virginia Tech

Nick Tremols %
Sr.
Communications
Virginia Tech

CJ Fiala
Jr.
Communications
Virginia Tech

@ denotes two-time honoree

# denotes three-time honoree

% denotes four-time honoree

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Duke wilts at the end, ousted from NCAA tourney

dukelogoDuke, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, fell to Mercer, a No. 14 seed, as the Blue Devils once again wilted at the end of a game – except this time it proved to be the end of the season as the Blue Devils fell 78-71.

Mercer, an experienced team with seven seniors, outscored Duke, a talented but young team, 20-8 down the stretch. The Blue Devils, relying heavily on the three-point shot went cold in the second half.

Duke led by five points with four and a half minutes to go before Mercer went on an 11-0 run to go up 69-63 and never looked back.

The Blue Devils were playing what should have been a home-game atmosphere just a few miles from Durham but it was the Mercer Bears that most in the PNC Arena in Raleigh were supporting.

Duke led by as many as seven points in the first half but took only a 35-34 lead into the locker room. The lead went back and forth over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

With the score tied at 51, Duke went on a modest 12-7 run to go up 63-58 with just five minutes left. That’s when Mercer outscored Duke 11-0 over the next four minutes to go up 69-63. During the stretch, the Devils turned the ball over twice and missed three three-point shots.

For the game, Duke actually shot better from beyond the arc (15 threes, 40.5 percent) than it did from the floor (35.5 percent).

Five players scored in double figures for Mercer. Duke was led by Quinn Cook’s 23 points while Rasheed Sulaimon added 20. Freshman Jabari Parker scored 14 but he missed 10 of 14 shots from the field, including going 0 from 3 from the three-point line.

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UVA’s Mitchell may be confused about where he is but he handles Parker

Akil Mitchell.

Akil Mitchell.

Virginia’s Akil Mitchell held Duke’s Jabari Parker to five of 17 shooting in the Cavs’ 72-63 victory in the ACC Tournament Finals.

Parker was four of seven when covered by other Cavaliers. While Parker got his points, it took a lot of shots to do so.

Perhaps not realizing that Parker was second in ACC Player of the Year voting, Mitchell said Parker is “going to be a hell of a player.” Well, yeah, most think he already is.

The Cavaliers may get an NCAA seeding to play in Raleigh but an obviously confused Mitchell thought he already was in Raleigh.

When asked about the crowd support in the championship game, Mitchell said “It’s like we’re back in Charlottesville. To play Duke here in Raleigh you’d never imagine this. Being from North Carolina, being from Charlotte, this means everything to me.”

Ok, maybe he was just so excited that he didn’t know what he said or else he’s looking forward to the prospects of playing in Raleigh in the NCAA tournament. Fan support won’t be as great as it was in Greensboro for the ACC tournament – unless they’re playing Duke again.

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Cavs stop Devils to win first ACC title since ’76

virginialogoNo. 1 seed Virginia captured its first ACC title since 1976 after outscoring Duke 21-12 in the last six and a half minutes of the tournament finals to win 72-63.

Duke wilted at the end of several games this season – the most notable being the last five minutes in a loss at Wake Forest but this one hurt more of course.

Just as the Devils were struggling, UVA’s Joe Harris, the tourney MVP, stepped up. He started the run with the score tied at 47 with fewer than eight minutes to go as he drove from midcourt for a score. He ended the run with a big three with less than two minutes to go that put the Cavaliers up 64-57.

Harris finished with 15 points but it was Malcolm Brogdon who led Virginia with 23 points.

As during the regular season, it was defense that carried the Cavs however as they held the Blue Devils to 38 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Devils 36-28. UVA’s Akil Mitchell led all players with 15 boards.

The Cavs, also regular season champs, improved to 28-6 – their best record in 31 years.

“Boy did the guys lay it out on the floor,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said. “That was as hard fought a game as we can play.”

He said the game plan was to be physical and take it at them. Bennett said the offense was patient and the Cavs avoided speeding up. He said his team made some good plays down the stretch either because of his team’s depth or Duke getting a little tired.

For more on the game, please click here.

2014 All-ACC TOURNAMENT TEAM
First team
Joe Harris, Virginia (MVP)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Jabari Parker, Duke
T.J. Warren, NC State
Talib Zanna, Pitt

Second team
Anthony Gill, Virginia
Akil Mitchell, Virginia
Rodney Hood, Duke
Amile Jefferson, Duke
Lamar Patterson, Pitt