Cornell all-America attackman Matt Crowley scored three goals and had two assists to pace the North to its ninth straight annual college all-star success over the South, 14-9, at the first Lacrosse International at Johns Hopkins tonight before 6,807 fans.
The four-day tournament concludes Sunday as NCAA Division I champion Syracuse plays Team Canada and Division III winner Hobart faces the Iroquois Nationals, an American Indian team.
The North took control early, scoring twice in the first 1:20 on goals by Crowley and Syracuse's Art Lux, but the South midfielders, led by Duke's Chris Sussingham, forged a 3-3 tie before their side fell behind at the quarter, 5-3.
New Hampshire's Steve Glover scored an extra-man goal 20 seconds into the second period and 27 seconds later, Crowley scored again from point-blank range to give the North a 7-3 lead.
"We didn't want to be the ones who broke the streak," Crowley said. "I think something's been proved by upstate New York lacrosse this year with Syracuse, Hobart and the North all winning."
Strong goaltending by Baltimore's Vin Pfeifer and hard-checking defense by North Carolina all-America John Haus kept the North from extending its lead beyond 9-5 at the half.
Crowley, the game's most valuable player, and Massachusetts midfielder Tim Cutler scored in the third period as the North built its margin to 12-6 before Navy midfielder Phil Skalniak took a pass from Maryland's all-America attackman Jim Wilkerson and beat Harvard's Tim Pendergast.
Skalniak is joining the Marines and hopes to attend flight school at Quantico this fall. Wilkerson is having knee surgery on Monday.
Navy attackman Rich Wehman earned an assist on the South's final goal.