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Men’s lacrosse: Duke whips No. 1 Virginia, 13-5, behind Wigrizer, Wolf and Lobb

Friday, 13th April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/13/12
From Press Release

Jordan Wolf (Lower Merion) had two goals and four assists and goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) tallied 14 saves while defenseman Henry Lobb (Malvern Prep) played a key role to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils past top-ranked Virginia, 13-5, in front of 7,234 fans Friday evening at the Cavaliers’ Klöckner Stadium.

“I feel so excited and awesome,” Wigrizer said. “The entire game I game tried to stay calm. When that whistled blew, everything blew up. I can’t even describe it. Before the game, I tried to change up a few things both physically and mentally.

“I tried to stay very relax. I tried to have no emotions before the game. I wasn’t getting excited and tried to keep it that way throughout the game, so that really helped me out. Physically wise, I changed up my hands. I made them much closer so they can move much faster.”

Duke extends its win streak to eight games and improves to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Virginia falls to 10-2 on the year and 2-1 in league play. Duke has now won 12 of the past 13 meetings with Virginia, including 11 of 12 under head coach John Danowski. The Blue Devils clinch the ACC regular season and top-seed in the ACC Tournament with the victory. This marks the seventh straight year Duke has reached the 11-wins mark.

The five goals scored were the fewest scored by the Cavaliers this season and marks just the seventh time Duke has held them to five or fewer goals in the 76-game series. The last time was a 16-5 Duke victory in the 2009 ACC Tournament.

Defensively, Duke was outstanding in the third session as it held Virginia to just four shots and forced six turnovers. Wigrizer stopped all three shots on frame and give him 10 after three periods. Lobb had two groundballs and two caused turnovers to pace the defense.

“This is a big week for us,” sophomore defenseman Lobb said. “We really needed this game. It is just awesome. I can’t describe it in words. This is the best start to finish game that we have played. Coach [Danowski] has been asking us to just stay on it, and we finally did it. We did everything that the coaches said. It was really just a team effort.”

The Cavaliers rallied to score three goals in the final quarter, with Colin Briggs, Mark Cockerton and Steele Stanwick all finding the back of the net. However, Virginia continued to struggle in containing Duke’s offensive attack, as the Blue Devils tacked on scores by Jake Tripucka and Christian Walsh. A third goal by Walsh with just 17.9 seconds remaining sealed the 13-5 victory for Duke.The first half was a showcase of the two squads’ defenses and goaltenders as Duke held a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes of action and built a 4-2 advantage heading into the locker room. The two goals scored by Virginia were the fewest a Blue Devils opponent had scored in the opening half this season and the lowest output by the Cavaliers in 2012.

The Blue Devils outshot Virginia, 42-33, and won the ground ball battle by a 39-37 margin. The two teams split the wins at the faceoff X, with senior CJ Costabile going 10-of-19 for Duke. Costabile added nine ground balls and Manley led the defensive unit with four. Wigrizer finished with 14 saves, just two shy of his season-high, while Rob Fortunato totaled 13 stops for the Cavaliers.

The Blue Devils will return to Charlottesville next Friday, Apr. 20 to face No. 4 seed Maryland in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at 5 p.m.


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