April 27, 2008
Ben Rubeor scored three goals and dished out two assists, and Virginia fought back from an eight goal deficit, but it was not enough, as Duke escaped Klockner Stadium with the 11-9 win, taking its second consecutive ACC title. With the loss, Virginia falls to 12-3.
Duke jumped out of the gate strong, leading 5-1, and held a 7-3 advantage at halftime. The Blue Devils widened the gap to 11-3 by the end of the third quarter. Virginia did not go down with out a fight, as the Cavaliers rattled off six unanswered goals, but ran out of time to complete the comeback.
The Cavaliers have now fallen to Duke in their last five games against the Blue Devils, including twice this season. Duke wins its second ACC title, and promises to be a high seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Virginia now awaits an NCAA Tournament bid, as brackets will be announced on Sunday. Last season, the second seeded Cavaliers were upset by Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.