April 17, 2010

Red Hot Duke Hands No. 1 Virginia First Loss

from press release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (11-3, 1-2 ACC) snapped the nation’s longest home winning streak as they topped the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (11-1, 2-1 ACC) on Saturday night, 13-9, in front of a capacity crowd of 8,000 fans at Klöckner Stadium.  Virginia had won its previous 15 games at home since the last time Duke came to Charlottesville and defeated the Cavaliers on April 12, 2008, 19-9.

“There were two areas where I thought the game kind of turned,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia.  “It was in our clearing game – there was a of lack of poise in the clearing game and in our play at the faceoff. You know, we won a couple of faceoffs, but their ability to put the ball back down on the ground and pick it up themselves. I think that was the difference overall.”

Virginia, the No. 1 team in the nation in ground balls per game, lost the battle to the Blue Devils, 31-23.  Duke also won the faceoff game (17-8).

The Cavaliers opened up the scoring on a 3-0 run behind goals by Shamel Bratton (13:57), George Huguely (10:44) and John Haldy (1:55).  Justin Turri put Duke on the scoreboard with 1:06 left in the first quarter, cutting the Blue Devils’ deficit down to 3-1.

Turri opened up the second quarter scoring with a goal on the period’s opening faceoff. The score was part of a 5-0 run by Duke that gave the Blue Devils the 5-3 advantage.  It was the first time since the second quarter of the Towson game on March 21 that Virginia trailed.  Ned Cotty, Will McKee and Max Quinzani all scored during the run.

Chris Bocklet ended the Duke run with his score off a Steele Stanwick pass with 10:11 left before intermission.  Shamel Bratton scored again off a dodge with 6:16 left and Stanwick capped a 3-0 Virginia run with his unassisted goal at 1:51, giving UVa the 6-5 lead going into the break.

Duke won all six faceoffs in the third quarter to take a commanding 9-6 lead. Crotty scored back-to-back goals for Duke, followed by a Mike Catalino unassisted score at 6:42.  Will McKee capped the 4-0 Blue Devil run with a score via a Crotty pass at 3:55.

Stanwick streaked in front of the cage at 1:07, taking a Brian Carroll pass and cutting the UVa deficit to 9-7. Virginia did not get any closer.

Duke scored three-straight goals to start the fourth quarter to increase its advantage to five goals, 12-7.  Zach Howell scored twice and Quinzani added another during the run.

Rhamel Bratton added a score at 12:40 for Virginia, cutting the Duke lead to 12-8.  Howell tallied his third score of the game at 9:06 on a Jake Tripucka assist to finish the Blue Devils’ scoring for the game.  Bocklet added one more goal at 5:10 to cap the game’s scoring, bringing the final tally to 13-9.

Shamel Bratton, Bocklet and Stanwick all led UVa with two goals each. Carroll led all players with two assists, while Stanwick added a helper for a team-high three points. Adam Ghitelman saved 11 shots in between the pipes.

Crotty and Howell led all players with three goals apiece.  Dan Wigrizer saved seven shots in goal for Duke.

Virginia returns to action on Friday against Duke in the semifinal round of the ACC Tournament.  UVa is the No. 1 seed and will face the No. 4 seed Duke Blue Devils at 5 p.m., inside Byrd Stadium on the University of Maryland campus, the 2010 host of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. All of Virginia's games at the ACC Tournament will be broadcast in the Charlottesville area on WINA AM 1070 with John Freeman calling the action.


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