This is an especially big day for four members of Virginia's lacrosse team. Their class will graduate at 10 this morning and their team will play Johns Hopkins tonight at 7:30 in Baltimore in an NCAA semifinal.
The top-seeded Blue Jays (11-1) agreed to play third-seeded Virginia (11-2) at night so seniors could attend graduation. North Carolina (10-2), the No. 4 seed, will play at second-seeded Syracuse (13-1) at 2 in the other semifinal.
Defenseman Russ Swan and goalie John Reisky will attend the Virginia ceremony, but Jeff Nicklas, an attackman who had 26 goals and 10 assists, and midfielder Brad Weinman decided to fly up with the team last night.
"It was more important to go up with the team for the game," Nicklas said. "After all, it's just a ceremony and my parents were planning to go only to the game."
Virginia Coach Jim Adams, who will miss the graduation of his daughter, Megan, was most concerned about the Blue Jays, who beat Virginia, 12-5, in Baltimore on March 30.
"With the time lapse, the teams have changed so much," Adams said. "That was our first big game. For some of our players, it was their first trip to Hopkins. I imagine there will be some changes in tactics."
* Baseball: Kevin Burke, Barry Durham and Ralph Schmidt homered and Franz Ferstl pitched a complete-game seven-hitter to lead George Mason to an 8-2 victory over Iona that gave the Patriots the ECAC South tournament championship.
The victory means an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament, George Mason's first since the school entered Division I in 1977.
* Track: Raymond Humphrey of Georgetown jumped 25 feet 11 1/4 inches to win the long jump and teammate Frank McConville took fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:50 on the first day of competition in the IC4A championships at Penn State.
After the second day of competition, the Hoyas were tied with George Mason for fourth place with 14 points, six behind first-place Boston University.
In Kutztown, Pa., defending champion George Mason finished second to New York Tech in the ECAC Division II women's championships. New York Tech had 132 points to Mason's 123.
* Archery: James Madison's men's team finished third and the women's team took second in the intercollegiate championships at Madison.
Lonny King (Miami of Ohio) won the individual title for the men and Rebecca Wallace (Arizona State) took the women's individual championship.