CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-seeded and second-ranked Duke men’s lacrosse team will attempt to repeat as ACC Tournament champions by taking on third-seeded and third-ranked Virginia in the league title game on Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.
Face-off is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net.
The Blue Devils stand at 14-1 on the year and advanced to the championship game with a 17-6 victory over fourth-seeded North Carolina on Friday night. The Cavaliers are 12-2 on the year after defeating second-seeded Maryland, 11-8, also on Friday. Duke and Virginia met in last year’s ACC Tournament championship contest in Durham, with the Blue Devils posting a 12-9 win.
ACC Player of the Year selection Matt Danowski highlighted Duke’s semifinal triumph over North Carolina with two goals and four assists while fellow attackmen Zack Greer and Max Quinzani added four and three goals, respectively. Duke’s defense was solid, allowing just three goals over the final three quarters as goalkeeper Dan Loftus posted 11 saves.
Virginia received four goals from both Garrett Billings and Ben Rubeor as the Cavaliers defeated Maryland in the semifinals. The Cavaliers’ two regular season defeats in 2008 came to Maryland and Duke.
Duke and Virginia squared off during the regular season on April 12 in Charlottesville, with the Blue Devils scoring the game’s final 10 goals en route to a 19-9 victory. Quinzani scored a career-high seven goals in the victory – Duke’s fourth in a row over the Cavaliers. Virginia leads the all-time series with Duke, 48-19, including a 6-3 ledger in ACC Tournament play.
Duke is 14-14 all-time in ACC Tournament action including a 4-5 ledger in championship games. The Blue Devils won the league crown in 1995, 2001, 2002 and 2007.