The No. 4 Virginia men’s lacrosse team saw its eight-game winning streak snapped with a 12-7 loss to No. 6 Duke on Saturday in Durham, North Carolina.
Despite the defeat, the Cavaliers (9-3, 3-1 ACC) won the ACC regular-season championship outright thanks to North Carolina’s loss at Syracuse on Saturday. It is the 25th regular season ACC title (shared/outright) in program history. Virginia clinched the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament after last weekend’s win over North Carolina.
Saturday’s game was scheduled to begin at noon, but was delayed four-plus hours due to inclement weather. When the game did begin, Duke took an early 2-0 lead before Virginia managed a shot. The Cavaliers answered with a 3-0 run to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Moore was involved in all three Wahoo goals, scoring the first, assisting the second and capping the run on a Mikey Herring helper at 12:27 in the second quarter.
The game was knotted, 5-5, at halftime as Moore tied his career high with four goals. Seven minutes into the third quarter, Ryan Conrad found Herring to give UVa a 6-5 lead at the 8:00 mark in the third. Duke responded with a 6-0 run to take a commanding 11-7 lead with 4:02 left in the game. Ian Laviano scored UVa’s final goal with 2:45 left.
“We had a lot of success pushing transition and playing up-tempo in the first half,” Virginia coach Lars Tiffany said. “It was live by the sword, die by the sword when you do that. We were having success so we kept doing that in the third quarter. Problem was [Turner] Uppgren starts making saves on it, their defensemen make some great trail checks and now all of a sudden we are going back and playing a minute or two minutes of defense. The possession time started building up on us, peaking on us in the fourth quarter when Duke had the ball for a period of three minutes in a row when we would make a save and they would pick it up. We make another save and they pick it up again.
“Give Duke credit for continually pressuring us there and wearing down our defense.”
Moore had one assist in addition to his four goals, while Herring finished with two goals and one assist. Petey LaSalla won 15-of-22 faceoffs and scooped up 10 ground balls for the Cavaliers. Alex Rode made 16 saves between the pipes.
Virginia hosts in-state foe VMI on Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.