DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (9-3, 3-1 ACC) had their eight-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon, 12-7, at the hands of the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils (10-3, 2-2 ACC) at Koskinen Stadium. However, with the North Carolina loss at Syracuse on Saturday, UVA wins the ACC regular season title outright. It is the 25th regular season ACC title (shared/outright) in program history. UVA previously clinched the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament after last weekend’s win over North Carolina.
The game was originally scheduled for a noon faceoff at Koskinen Stadium, but inclement weather in the Durham area delayed the start time until 4:30 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Duke took an early 2-0 lead before Virginia managed a shot, but the Cavaliers took a 3-2 lead after scoring three-straight goals. Matt Moore was involved in all three scores, 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 narrow 6-5 lead at 8:00 in the third. Duke responded scoring six-straight goals to take control of the game and commanding 11-7 lead with 4:02 left in the game. Ian Laviano managed to get UVA back on the board with 2:45 left, but it wasn’t enough as Duke secured the victory.
MATT MOORE with the HAT-TRICK 🎩🎩🎩‼️
— Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (@UVAMensLax) April 13, 2019
UVA STAT LEADERS
• A Matt Moore
4 goals, 1 assist
• A Mikey Herring
2 goals, 1 assist
• GK Alex Rode
• M Petey LaSalla
15-of-22 FO, 10 GBs
• UVA’s eight-game winning streak was snapped. It was the longest in the nation entering Saturday.
• UVA wins outright the ACC regular season. It is the 25th time in program history UVA has won or shared the ACC regular season crown.
• Dox Aitken now has 119 career points, which keeps him No. 4 all-time among UVA midfielders.
• Matt Moore tied his career high with four goals.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“We had a lot of success pushing transition and playing up-tempo in the first half. 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.” -Lars Tiffany
Virginia returns to action on Tues., April 16 when in-state foe VMI comes to Klöckner Stadium for a Tuesday night meeting. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.