UVA Men’s Lacrosse loses 18th straight regular season game to Duke 15-14
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The No 3 UVa’s men’s lacrosse team has had a ton of success through the years, but the team still struggles with Duke in the regular season. The ‘Hoos fell behind 10-3 at No. 2 Duke Saturday and lost to the Blue Devils for the 18th straight time in the regular season 15-14.
After the game UVA coach Lars Tiffany said, “[We’re] disappointed. Our job as the coaching staff for Virginia men’s lacrosse is to win games – win ACC games. To come to Koskinen [Stadium] and come away with a W and we didn’t do that. Obviously, we couldn’t be more grateful for the way we didn’t go down. We might’ve been wobbly like a fighter who’s taken a lot of body blows – a lot of hits to the head – but too much heart for us to go down. [I’m] very grateful for the way we battled back and just kept believing despite what the scoreboard said. The sting of the loss is somewhat balanced by this incredible gratitude that we all have for each other.”
Payton Cormier led Virginia with four goals and had a hat trick for the ninth time this season. He now has 145 career goals moving him into second place on Virginia’s all-time goal scoring list.
UVA goalie Matthrew Nunes made a career-high 17 saves in the loss.
Virginia rallied from a six-goal halftime deficit but could never take the lead. UVA also lost to Duke in Charlottesville two weeks ago 16-14.
Virginia’s next game is Saturday at home against Syrcause.
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