April 13, 2012
No. 7 Duke continued their winning ways against the top ranked Cavalier men's lacrosse team with a 13-5 loss on senior night. The Blue Devils (11-3, 2-1 ACC) clinch the ACC regular season title with their eighth straight victory. Virginia (10-2, 2-1) has lost 12 of the last 13 meetings with the Blue Devils and four in a row. The Cavaliers have won more national championships (2) since 2005 than they have beaten a Duke team (1).
"We just weren't prepared to do the things that we needed to do in order to win this game," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "We weren't prepared to match the effort of that team on the other side, and give them credit for that. I've got no quarrel with my kids, and we've practiced hard and played hard. We've been through a tough part of the schedule. At the same time, this was unacceptable tonight for us across the board."
The Blue Devils held Virginia scoreless in both the first and third periods, holding a 1-0 edge after the first and 4-2 lead at halftime. Duke rattled off five unanswered goals in the third quarter, including four from Josh Dionne to take a 9-4 lead. Duke held UVa scoreless for more than sixteen minutes between the third and fourth quarters. The Cavaliers never got closer than six goals after that point and were outscored 9-3 in the second half.
"In five years, it always seems to play that way against Duke," said senior Colin Briggs. "The harder I feel like guys try, becomes a steeper and steeper hill. This is a lesson for us that we need to play our best game everyday in order to win against the best."
Virginia senior Rob Fortunato had 16 saves. Steele Stanwick had two assists and a goal offensively. Colin Briggs also added one of each. The trio were part the 11-man Cavalier senior class honored before the game.
UVa will host the ACC Tournament next Friday. At 5:00 p.m., Maryland squares off with No. 1 Duke and two-seed Virginia meets North Carolina at 7:30 p.m.