PHILADELPHIA –Virginia’s Ian Laviano scored with 3:09 left in the second overtime to give the third-seeded Cavaliers a 13-12 double overtime win over second-seed Duke in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. Virginia scored the game’s final three goals to advance to the title game.
"We want to congratulate the University of Virginia, Coach Tiffany and his staff," said head coach John Danowski. "Terrific performance. They've been doing this to people all year. They don't give up. They play with great skill and great confidence and poise to the end. They beat us.
Duke concludes the 2019 season with a 13-5 overall record, advancing to its 12th NCAA semifinal in program history. The Blue Devils were led on offense by Brad Smith’s three goals and four points overall, while CJ Carpenter and Joe Robertson both had three points apiece from two goals and an assist.
"It's really hard," said senior defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst. "This being the last time I get to wear a Duke jersey and what this program and these guys have meant to me over the past four years. I love this place with all my heart, and it hurts. It hurts I don't ever get to wear this jersey anymore, but that I don't get to be around these guys anymore, this coaching staff.
Virginia (16-3), trailing 12-10 with 1:25 remaining in regulation, capitalized on a Duke turnover and scored twice in a span of 31 seconds to force overtime. The Cavaliers nearly won in regulation, but missed the cage twice in the final eight seconds.
Laviano had the two final goals for Virginia with Matt Moore assisting on both tallies. The Cavalier attackman finished the day with four goals and Moore had two goals and two assists.
Virginia scored first and led 2-1 after a first quarter that featured 17 combined shots and eight combined turnovers, six of which were by the Cavaliers.
Duke came out of the second quarter on fire, scoring four goals on 11 shots, and holding Virginia’s high-powered offense scoreless. The two goals were tied for the second fewest allowed in a first-half for Duke this season as the Blue Devils kept the Cavaliers off the board for the final 19:55 of the first half.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair as the teams traded goals early on. Virginia cut the lead to two goals twice, but the Blue Devils always seemed to have an answer with Robertson and Brian Smyth netting goals seven seconds apart to keep Duke ahead 7-4.
The Cavaliers responded with a 3-0 run to end the third period, the final one coming off the stick of Laviano with six seconds left in the quarter.
The Blue Devils jumped back ahead by three with goals from Smyth and Kevin Quigley to set up what proved to be a heart-stopping final 15 minutes.
After Virginia scored three of the next four to make it an 11-10 score in favor of the Blue Devils, Quigley came up with a huge goal with time winding down on the shot clock to what perhaps could have iced the victory with 1:56 left.
Duke got possession again with 1:25 left, but couldn’t clear against Virginia’s ride, allowing the Cavaliers to make their improbable comeback.
Virginia outshot Duke 53-48 and won 7-of-10 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and both in overtime. Alex Rode finished the game with 18 saves for the Cavaliers, while Turner Uppgren had 11. Brian Smyth went 12-of-30 at the faceoff X and picked up five ground balls.
Defensively, Van Raaphorst picked up four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Jack Fowler also had four pickups off the ground.