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Sportswrap: Men's lacrosse keeps perfect season alive, fencing places 3rd at NCAA Championships

<p>Graduate student Michael Sowers notched the game-winner for Duke men's lacrosse Thursday.</p>

Graduate student Michael Sowers notched the game-winner for Duke men's lacrosse Thursday.

Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of March 23-29.

Men’s lacrosse 

After over a week off, No. 1 Duke played its first ACC game of the season Thursday and found itself in its first late-game deficit. But the Blue Devils (9-0, 1-0 in the ACC) managed to keep their undefeated streak alive, winning 15-14 against No. 4 Syracuse. Sophomore Dyson Williams scored the game-tying goal, and graduate transfer Michael Sowers, who led the team with six points, scored the game-winner. Duke will take on No. 2 North Carolina this Thursday. -Sasha Richie 


Duke placed third at the NCAA Championships this past weekend, the highest finish in program history. Nine of the 10 Blue Devils who competed earned All-America honors, highlighted by sophomore Finn Hossfeld's third-place victory in men's foil. -Evan Kolin

Swimming and diving 

Duke traveled to Greensboro, N.C., this past week to conclude its season with the men’s NCAA Championships. Highlights included junior Matthew Whelan posting a career-best 46.91 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, tied for the fourth-fastest time in program history, and freshman Seamus Harding Jr. placing 25th in platform diving with a score of 299.40. -Ramona Naseri


No. 18 Duke took on No. 21 Clemson in a four-game set this past weekend, extending its program-record win streak to 20 with two victories Friday before falling Saturday and Sunday to split the series. Up next, the Blue Devils (26-3, 14-3) return home for a weekend series against No. 13 Virginia Tech. -Micah Hurewitz


The Blue Devils split their four games from this past week, beating UNC-Greensboro last Tuesday and dropping two out of its three weekend games against No. 9 Georgia Tech. Duke (10-10, 5-7) hosts Liberty this Tuesday and has another ranked matchup against No. 20 Miami this upcoming weekend. -Jake Piazza

Women’s tennis 

In a tough match in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, the eighth-ranked Blue Devils fell to No. 15 Virginia 4-2, but they followed up that loss with a 6-1 win back in Durham against Notre Dame Monday. Duke (11-4, 6-3) gets back in action this Thursday against No. 11 N.C. State. -Matthew Hawkins

Men’s tennis 

Duke men’s tennis had a tough week, losing back-to-back ACC matchups against No. 6 Virginia and Virginia Tech, respectively. The match against the Cavaliers was an uninspiring 4-0 defeat, but the latter one against Virginia Tech was much closer, with the Blue Devils losing a nail-biter 4-3. Duke (7-7, 3-3) hosts Liberty Wednesday. -Robert Miron

Track and field

The Blue Devils competed in the Raleigh Relays over the weekend at N.C. State. Graduate student Cha’Mia Rothwell set the program record in the 100-meter hurdles not once, but twice, going on to finish in second place with a final time of 13.09 seconds. Fellow graduate student Brittany Aveni  came in third place in the 100-meter dash, setting a program record herself at 11.41 seconds. Next up for the Blue Devils is a trip to Charlottesville, Va., for the Virginia Invitational April 2-3. -Max Rego

Field hockey 

The 14th-ranked Blue Devils lost 2-1 to No. 9 Syracuse Saturday afternoon. Following the theme of the season, Duke (3-10, 1-2) continued to grow as the game evolved, but the team just couldn't notch the equalizer in a competitive final quarter. The Blue Devils’ next contest will be at rival No. 1 North Carolina this Friday. -Sonali Harris

Women’s soccer 

No. 5 Duke lost for the first time this spring on Saturday, falling 3-2 at No. 7 West Virginia. After yielding two quick goals to the Mountaineers to fall behind 2-0 in the first 18 minutes, the Blue Devils fought hard for the remainder of the contest in a valiant comeback effort that fell just short. Duke (9-5-2, 4-2-2) now has just two regular-season meetings remaining, with the first set for this Friday at N.C. State. -Jonathan Levitan

Men’s soccer

Duke men’s soccer defeated Virginia 3-1 Sunday in Charlottesville, Va., behind a hat trick from freshman striker Thorleifur Ulfarsson. Duke (4-9-2, 4-5-0) will play its second-to-last-game of the season at N.C. State this coming Saturday. -Jonathan Jantz


Duke volleyball lost to Wake Forest in five sets this past Saturday, falling to Syracuse the following day in an equally close match. Lily Cooper led the team offensively with double-digit kills in both matches. The Blue Devils (9-11, 7-8) play their last two matches of the regular season this weekend in Atlanta against No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 23 Georgia Tech, respectively. -Olivia Wivestad

Women’s lacrosse 

No. 8 Duke came into its match against No. 4 Notre Dame looking to avoid a second consecutive loss, but the Blue Devils (6-4, 2-4) fell behind early and couldn’t make up the difference, eventually losing 13-9. Up next is a weekend road trip to No. 5 Boston College. -Jonathan Browning


Duke rowing secured nine first-place finishes at the Virginia Invite, with its Second Varsity Eight winning all three of its races over the weekend. The 11th-ranked Blue Devils lost 4-of-5 races to No. 3 Virginia, won 3-of-4 against No. 9 Tennessee and swept Central Florida. Duke heads to Columbus, Ohio April 3 for the Big Ten/ACC Double Duel. -Cameron DeChurch

Duke men’s golf began competition in the Hootie Intercollegiate At Bulls Bay this past Sunday and will wrap up play Tuesday.

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Duke women’s golf did not compete this week, with its next tournament coming April 6-7 in the Cavalier Match Play. 


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