CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Seniors Rafael Campos (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Lanto Griffin (Blacksburg, Va.) posted top-five performances to lead Virginia Commonwealth University to a second-place, albeit heartbreaking, finish at the University of Maryland Intercollegiate Sunday at the Par 71 River Marsh Golf Club.
North Carolina earned a one-stroke victory when it surged past VCU in Sunday's third and final round. The Tarheels shot a combined 1-under par on the final 18 holes to erase a seven-stroke VCU advantage. North Carolina (849) and VCU (850) were followed by N.C. State (858), Virginia (862) and Kent State (865).
Campos (-3) finished third in the individual standings, four strokes off the lead. Griffin (-2) was fourth overall. Also for the Rams, senior Vincent Nadeau (Penhook, Va.) placed 13th at 3-over, while sophomore Chase Sargent (Orlando, Fla.) tied for 14th at 4-over.
VCU shot a tournament-low 275 in Saturday's second round, positioning the Rams for their first victory of the 2009-2010 season, but North Carolina carded Sunday's best round by four strokes to steal the win.
The Black and Gold return to fall action when the Rams host the VCU Shootout at Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va. Sept. 28-29.
Par-71, 6,766 yards
River Marsh Golf Club
1. North Carolina 280-286-283-849
2. VCU 284-275-291-850
3. NC State 286-280-292-858
4. Virginia 292-282-288-862
5. Kent State 283-295-287-865
6. Maryland 290-289-296-875
7. Akron 288-295-300-883
8. Old Dominion 300-294-292-886
9. Towson 298-299-290-887
10. Texas State 293-301-301-895
11. East Carolina 306-299-293-898
12. Xavier 298-295-306-899
13. Georgetown 300-301-301-902
14. William and Mary 298-305-302-905
15. Pennsylvania 300-315-312-927
1. Ben Kohles, Virginia 71-66-69-206
1. Henry Zaytoun, North Carolina 66-72-68-206
3. Rafael Campos, VCU 72-68-70-210
4. Lanto Griffin, VCU 69-67-75-211
5. Brett Cairns, Kent State 69-73-70-212
5. Brad Revell, NC State 70-69-73-212
5. Mitch Sutton, NC State 74-70-70-214
5. Michael McGowan, North Carolina 73-69-70-212
9. Sebastian MacLean, Xavier 71-67-75-213
10. Matt Hill, NC State 74-70-70-214