Cavs Men's Lacrosse Falls On Road
April 14, 2001
DURHAM, N.C. – Mack Hardaker’s goal with 12 seconds remaining in the fourthperiod lifted 15th-ranked Duke to a 10-9 win over ninth-ranked Virginia inmen’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,692 fans atKoskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The Blue Devils improve to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC while theCavaliers fall to 5-5 overall and 1-2 in league play. With Duke’s win overVirginia, the Cavaliers become the number four seed at next week’s ACCTournament in Orlando, Fla., and will face top-seeded Maryland on Thursdayat 6:00 p.m. The Blue Devils earn the tournament’s number two seed and willmeet third-seeded North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Thechampionship game is set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Hardaker’s game-winning goal came on an assist from Chris Hartofilis as theDurham, N.C., native beat Virginia goalkeeper Tillman Johnson from 15 feetout on the right side.
Virginia jumped on top 2-0 with goals by Conor Gill and Eric Leibowitz, butDuke closed the first quarter with Hartofilis and Alex Lieske finding theback of the net for a 2-2 tie. Chris Rotelli scored the first of his fourgoals on the day to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead, and Gill followed with ascore for a two-goal cushion. Rotelli then scored an extra-man goal at the4:47 mark of the second quarter, but Duke fought back to pull within onegoal at intermission as Kevin Brennan tallied a pair of goals in the final4:06 of the period.
Brennan’s goal at the 13:17 mark of the third period knotted the game at5-5, but Virginia responded with two goals in a 26-second span to claim a7-5 advantage. Kevin Cassese and Hartofilis each recorded unassisted goalswith less than five minutes to play in the third quarter as the two teamswere even at seven heading to the final 15 minutes.
With 7:37 left to play, Brennan gave Duke its first lead of the game with anunassisted goal, but Rotelli tied the game less than three minutes later.On the ensuing face-off, Duke’s Scott Bross controlled the possession andraced to goal, netting the first goal of his career to push the Blue Devilsback on top, 9-8. Rotelli would again tie the game, with his final goal ofthe day coming at the 3:02 mark on an assist from Gill, thus setting thestage for Hardaker’s game-winner.
Duke’s Matt Breslin made 13 saves in goal while Johnson was credited witheight saves.
Duke dominated the face-offs, winning 15-of-23 chances.
Rotelli led the Cavalier offense with four goals while Gill added two goalsand one assist. Brennan’s five points on four goals and one assist pacedthe Blue Devils. Hartofilis contributed two goals and one assist whileCassese picked up one goal and two assists.
Score by Quarter 1 2 3 4 F#9 Virginia Cavaliers 2 3 2 2 9#15 Duke Blue Devils 2 2 3 3 10---------------------------------------------------------
VIRGINIA SCORINGGoals: Rotelli (4), Gill (2), Leibowitz (1), Shure (1), Wagner (1)Assists: Gill (1), Mullen (1), Mohler (1), Shure (1)
DUKE SCORINGGoals: Brennan (4), Hartofilis (2), Cassese (1), Lieske (1), Hardaker (1),Bross (1)Assists: Cassese (2), Brennan (1), Patchak (1), Hartofilis (1)
VIRGINIA STARTERSShure (A), Mullen (A), Gill (A), Shannon (M), Rotelli (M), Holcomb (M),Hughes (D), Bowen (D), Koontz (D), Johnson (G)
DUKE STARTERSLieske (A), Patchak (A), Brennan (A), Keating (M), Henry (M), Hartofilis(M), Ferrari (D), Schwartz (D), Watt (D), Breslin (G)
SHOTSVirginia – 31Duke – 37
SAVESVirginia – 8 (Johnson)Duke – 13 (Breslin)
GROUND BALLSVirginia – 34Duke – 43
EMOVirginia – 1/2Duke – 0/0
FACE-OFFSVirginia – 8/23Duke – 15/23
CLEARSVirginia – 17/21Duke – 17/20