(from an ALC release)
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlantic Lacrosse Conference (ALC) was in full swing and the story lines are endless as No. 1 Liberty falls to Clemson and James Madison clinches a spot in the ALC tournament.
Division I - North
Temple 5, James Madison 14
Temple traveled to James Madison for their first ALC game of the season while the Dukes were trying to lock up a playoff spot. The first half started off as a stalemate, ending in a 5-5 tie. In the second half, the Dukes took and didn’t look back as their defense held the Owls scoreless while the offense went off for nine goals en route to a 14-5 win. With the win, James Madison secures a spot in the ALC tournament and if they can defeat Liberty, the will snag the No. 1 seed.
Temple 7, Miami (OH) 8
The Owls got off to a slow start, giving up a three-goal lead to the Redhawks before battling back to a 4-4 tie at halftime. In the third quarter, the defenses held stout for a 5-5 tie going into the final frame. In a back-and-forth affair, the Redhawks were able to get the game winning goal to send the Owls to 0-2 on the weekend.
Temple 5, Southern Methodist 3
The Owls wrap up the weekend in a defensive battle, with neither team scoring in the first or third quarters. The Mustangs got all three of their goals in the second quarter as they took a 3-1 advantage into the second half. The Owls laid dormant until the fourth quarter where they went off for four goals to take the game, 5-3. The Owls improved to 3-3 on the season.
Liberty 21, Indiana 1
Liberty bounced back after their overtime loss on Friday night against Clemson. Liberty would score their season high 21 points while also allowing the fewest points of the season, with only one goal coming from Indiana in the second quarter. Liberty improves to 6-1 as the head to Philadelphia next week to take on ALC newcomer Temple.
Division I - South
Clemson 15, Liberty 14 (OT)
This game lived up to the hype, though after 15 minutes it was uncertain that would be the case. Both teams took about 10 minutes to solve goalies but then the Tigers rattled off five goals to take a 5-1 lead after the first quarter.
The Flames would not go away and they battled back to a 5-4 deficit before Clemson went on another run to take the game to 9-5 lead into halftime. The second half was all Flames as they outscored Clemson 8-4 and twice took the lead only to see the Tigers tie it. In the overtime frame, midfielder Coston Pendleton stuck the game winner on a rebound to win it for Clemson.
Clemson 10, Indiana 3
The Tigers faced off against the Hoosiers in the second game of their road trip. After a slow start, the Tigers rattled off a big run to take a 10-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. The game would be called due to a medical issue. The story of this game was the Liberty training staff as well as Harris Jaffe who excelled in a critical moment. The entire lacrosse community, specifically the MCLA were all there supportive in a big way. The Tigers improved to 10-1 on the season.
Tennessee 5, Georgia Tech 10
This game was a defensive slugfest. Both teams were battling throughout, leading to a 3-3 tie. The second half we saw the Vols develop some cracks in their defense as they allowed the Yellow Jackets to get out to a lead and were never quite able to recover. The Vols fall to 0-5 on the year.
NC State 15, Illinois 5
The Wolfpack was hungry after missing out on a marquee matchup against Florida. They welcomed the Fighting Illini to the sunshine state and what started out fast never turned back as State raced out to a 4-1 first quarter lead and 11-1 halftime margin.
NC State 27, UCF 9
Wrapping up their spring break State battled the Knights of UCF. Much like the day before the Wolfpack offense was off to the races with an 8 quarter explosion in the first quarter followed by a 7 goal second en route to a 15-5 halftime lead. The teams would trade goals to a 26-10 finish in favor of State. The Wolfpack moved to 5-2 on the year with the win.