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NCAA Division I men’s semifinals: Creighton (Malvern Prep), Felicetti (CB East) lead Notre Dame into finals vs. Duke

Saturday, 29th May 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/29/10

Senior defenseman Mike Creighton (Malvern Prep) and senior midfielder Adam Felicetti (Central Bucks East) had his first goal of the season on a brilliant individual play as Cinderella story Notre Dame stunned

Notre Dame's Mike Creighton (Malvern Prep) defends vs. UVA's Rhamel Bratton (Photo by Steve Layne)

Cornell, 12-7, today to advance to the NCAA Division I championship game at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

The unseeded and underdog Irish (10-6) will make their first appearance in the championship game Monday at 3:30 p.m. against Duke, which edged No. 1 Virginia, 14-13, on a goal by senior Max Quinzani with 12 seconds on the clock.

Creighton anchored the Notre Dame defense by notching a groundball and a caused turnover. Felicetti scored with six seconds left in the first quarter to give Notre Dame a 3-1 edge after the first period of play. He tallied the goal while being checked and falling down.

Notre Dame got four goals from Neal Hicks and three from Zach Brenneman. Seventh-ranked Cornell (12-6) got three caused turnovers and two groundballs from freshman defenseman Mike Bronzino (Conestoga).

Duke 14, Virginia 13

Max Quinzani scored the game-winner with 12 seconds left to lift the Blue Devils (15-4) to the stinning victory over the top-seeded Cavaliers (16-2).

Freshman goalie Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) made seven saves to earn the win. Freshman defenseman Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) also contributed on defense.

Trailing 8-5 after Chris Bocklet opened the second half with a score for the Cavs, Duke went on seven-goal run spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters to establish a 12-8 lead.

Virginia rallied, scoring five of the next six goals, including two with under two minutes left to play, to tie the match at 13-13 before Quinzani netted the game winner.

Quinzani finished with four goals while sophomore midfielder Justin Turri tied a career high with three scores on the night. Duke had difficulty establishing an offensive rhythm early, but garnered its first win over ACC foe Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils improve to 15-4 on the season and advance to the program’s third NCAA Championship game and second under head coach John Danowski.

Virginia three-time All-American Ken Clausen had four groundballs while midfielder John Haldy added two groundballs.

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