Men's Lacrosse Takes ACC Title
April 25, 1999
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After trailing 5-7 in the fourth quarter, the fifth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers scored three straight goals to take an 8-7 victory against third-ranked and top-seeded Duke in the championship game of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament in Chapel Hill Sunday afternoon. The victory marks only the second time Virginia won the ACC Tournament title in the championship’s 11 year history.
The game was a rematch of one week ago when Virginia and Duke faced off in Durham and Duke topped the Cavaliers 10-9. The championship game was a similar hard-hitting defensive affair, with a low halftime score of 4-3 in favor of Virginia.
The Cavaliers were led by ACC Tournament MVP Jay Jalbert who finished the game four points off two goals and two assists. Jalbert had his first assist in the first goal of the game at the 10:51 mark and earned a goal with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter to give Virginia a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
Duke scored two quick goals early in the second quarter from senior Scott Diggs and junior T.J. Durnan to take the first Blue Devil lead of the game at 3-2 with 11:55 remaining. The Cavaliers regained the lead, 4-3, with 1:26 remaining in the half on the feed from sophomore Hanley Holcomb to senior David Baruch.
Virginia struck first in the second half on Jalbert’s second goal to take a 5-3 lead, but Duke with two extra man opportunities went on to score three straight goals courtesy of sophomore Greg Patchak, junior Nick Hartofolis and Durnan.
Duke entered the fourth quarter with another goal from Durnan to take the largest lead of the game at 7-5. Virginia chipped away at the lead scoring at the 8:10 mark on a extra man goal from junior Drew McKnight and then again with 3:13 remaining from senior Henry Oakley. With the game tied at seven Virginia won the face-off and scored the game winner with 1:51 remaining on a Tucker Radebaugh goal. Duke regained possession and had a man advantage for the final 13 seconds of the game, but could not get the tying goal as Virginia hung on for the 8-7 victory.
Virginia outshot the Blue Devils 44-25 and outscored the Blue Devils 3-1 in the fourth quarter. The defensive battle between the two schools was led by Duke netminder Matt Breslin, who finished with a career high 18 saves. Derek Kenney finished with ten saves for Virginia. Virginia had an even scoring attack as six players combined to score the Cavaliers’ eight goals. Durnan led the Blue Devil charge with three goals, while Diggs added two. With the victory, Virginia improves to 8-3 while Duke drops to 11-2.
ACC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Justin Bowman North Carolina Matt Breslin DukeStephen Card DukeRyan Curtis VirginiaScott Diggs DukeT.J. Durnan DukeScott Hochstedt MarylandHanley Holcomb VirginiaTim Knowles DukeTucker Radebaugh VirginiaJay Jalbert Virginia (Tournament MVP)
1999 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP SUMMARY
#1 SEED, #3 RANKED DUKE BLUE DEVILS (11-1) vs.
#2 SEED, #5 RANKED VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (7-3)
Fetzer Field, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
SCORING BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 2 2 1 3 8Duke Blue Devils 1 2 3 1 7
Virginia Cavaliers – Jay Jalbert 2, Drew McKnight 2, David Baruch, Michael Leahy, Henry Oakey, Tucker Radebaugh
Duke Blue Devils – T.J. Durnan 3, Scott Diggs 2, Nick Hartofilis, Greg Patchak
Virginia Cavaliers – Jay Jalbert 2, David Bruce, Connor Gill, Hanley Holcomb, Drew McKnight
Duke Blue Devils – Adam Dretler, Jared Frood, Nick Hartofilis, Chris Kakel, Greg Patchak
SHOTS ON GOAL 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 13 10 11 10 44Duke Blue Devils 5 10 6 4 25
SAVES 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 1 4 3 2 10Duke Blue Devils 6 3 6 4 19
FACE-OFFS WON: 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 2 4 3 3 12Duke Blue Devils 2 1 2 2 7
Virginia Cavaliers Minutes Saves GoalsDerek Kenney 60 10 7Duke Blue Devils Minutes Saves GoalsMatt Breslin 60 19 8
GROUND BALLS 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 7 10 13 11 41Duke Blue Devils 15 6 6 7 34
PENALTIES 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 1/0:30 0 2/1:30 1/1:00 4/3:00Duke Blue Devils 0 0 2/1:30 1/1:00 3/2:30
CLEARS 1 2 3 4 OT TOTALVirginia Cavaliers 6/6 5/5 6/6 4/4 21/21Duke Blue Devils 4/6 7/7 7/11 4/5 22/29
ATTENDANCE: 2,748OFFICIALS: Al Sadtler, Tony Cullen, Andy Motsko, Peter Reichard