UVA Men's Lacrosse Season Ends in Heart-Breaking Fashion
The season came to an end for the Virginia men's lacrosse team in the national semifinals for the third year in a row, losing a 14-13 heartbreaker to Duke Saturday night in Baltimore.
The Cavalier seniors finished their careers with 57 wins and three trips to the Final Four, but they're the first senior class at UVA since 1998 to end their careers without a national title.
Virginia sophomore Chris Bocklet said, "This has probably been the hardest season to play in for any of us, but the thing that I think kept us going was the seniors this year. They wanted it so bad, and that's what hurts the most, to know we can't be playing Monday for those guys."
The seniors only lost 13 games in their four years, eight of those loses coming to Duke.
The semifinal match had plenty of memorable moments, including Shamel Bratton creating moves on the fly, and switching hands while cradling behind his back. What Cavalier fans may remember most though, is the Blue Devils' winning goal with 12 seconds left.
UVA head coach Dom Starsia said, "Ned Crotty is such a threat. Everybody drops in a little bit. What makes him so dangerous is he can come around and score, but he can also find the open man, and he found his running partner Max Quinzani."
Sophomore Steele Stanwick says despite the loss, he's proud of the way his team never quit, after allowing Duke to score seven straight goals and take the lead in the second half.
"We really could have just rolled over there, and I'm sure a lot of people just expected us to," said Stanwick. "I think it just shows the character of this team, and the type of people this team is made up of."
For the first time since 1991, a team other than Virginia, Syracuse, Princeton, or Johns Hopkins will be crowned national champion.
Duke and Notre Dame play for the title Monday in Baltimore.