Defending NCAA champion Duke scored three times in the fourth quarter to beat Notre Dame, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the men's lacrosse tournament yesterday in Foxborough, Mass.
The fifth-seeded Blue Devils will face Atlantic Coast Conference-rival Maryland in the semifinals Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Duke and Notre Dame were tied at 4 after three quarters, but Jordan Wolf, Tucker Virtue and Robert Rotantz scored for the Blue Devils in the final period. Unseeded Maryland advanced by beating top-seeded Syracuse, 6-5, in the first game, gaining the semifinals when Grant Catalino took a pass from Ryan Young behind the net and beat Orange goalie John Galloway with 32 seconds left in overtime.
It was Syracuse's first loss on the Gillette Stadium turf, where the 11-time champion Orangemen won the 2008 and 2009 national titles.
In Saturday's other national semifinal, Virginia and Denver will meet. Virginia, which is also from the ACC, defeated Cornell, 13-9, in Hempstead, N.Y., on Saturday. In the other game, Denver ousted nine-time champion Johns Hopkins, 14-9.
In the Division II women's lacrosse semifinals, sixth-ranked West Chester (16-5) was defeated by No. 3 Limestone, 10-9, Saturday in Garden City, N.Y. Limestone (18-1) will face Adelphi (19-0) for the championship next Sunday.
In other college news:
* St. John's forward Dwayne Polee II said he plans to transfer so he can help his family "get through a health issue." Polee played in all 33 games as a freshman, starting 27 and averaging 4.4 points. Polee, who is from Los Angeles, said he will transfer closer to home.
* Marco Andretti posted a four-lap qualifying average of 224.628 mph on the final run of the day to qualify for next Sunday's Indianapolis 500. He'll start 28th, the inside of Row 10. Also qualifying was Danica Patrick.
* Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, edging his closest championship contender to capture his fourth victory in five races this season.
* Canadian Andrew Ranger, driving a Dodge, won the ModSpace 150 ARCA series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, passing Australian George Miedecke on the final turn of the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway. It was Ranger's first ARCA race.
* The world gymnastics championships will be held in Tokyo as originally planned. The International Gymnastics Federation decided there was no reason to move worlds, the main qualifier for the 2012 Olympics in London, despite earlier concerns about high radiation levels following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. FIG president Bruno Grandi said the federation made the decision after consulting with experts who said it would be safe to go ahead with worlds from Oct. 7-16.