UVa Men's Lax Beats Duke 13-12 in Double OT; Advances to National Championship Game
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WVIR) - Matt Moore found Ian Laviano for the game-winning goal in double overtime, and the Virginia men's lacrosse team beat Duke 13-12 in the Final Four on Saturday in Philadelphia.
The Cavaliers were playing in the national semifinals for the first time since winning the championship in 2011.
The Blue Devils led 12-10 with under two minutes to play in the 4th quarter, but Michael Kraus scored with 0:46 remaining to cut the deficit to one. UVa got the ball after a Duke violation on the ensuing faceoff, and Moore connected with Laviano with 0:14 left to tie the game, and send it to OT.
Both team hit the post on shots in the 1st overtime, and Petey LaSalla won the faceoff at the start of the 2nd overtime to set up the heroics from Laviano.
Laviano had a game-high four goals, while Moore had two goals and two assists.
Dox Aitken had three goals and one assist, and goalie Alex Rode made 19 saves in net.
The come-from-behind victory is the sixth of the season for UVa. It also snaps an eleven game losing streak against the Blue Devils.
Duke had won 19 of the last 20 matches against the Cavaliers, with the lone Virginia win coming in the ACC Championship game in 2010.
UVa will play defending national champion Yale in the NCAA Championship game on Monday at one o'clock, after the 5-seed Bulldogs upset top-seed Penn State 21-17.