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Moore (@gvjagslax), Aitken (@fords_lacrosse) help Virginia rally past Duke in 2OT and into finals

Saturday, 25th May 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 5/25/19
From Press Release

Strong offense by Philly’s Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) and Dox Aitken (Haverford School) helped No. 3 Virginia advanced to the NCAA title game for the first time since 2011 after edging No. 2 Duke Blue Devils today in double-overtime, 13-12, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to Duke that started in the 2010 NCAA semifinal round. Virginia advances to the NCAA title game for the 10th time in program history.

Matt Moore (5) takes a pic of Dox Aitken after one of Aitken’s 3 goals Saturday (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

Moore found Ian Laviano 51 seconds into the second overtime to send UVA to the NCAA title game. Virginia (16-3) trailed by four goals (8-4) in the third quarter and trailed two scores with 47 seconds left (12-10). But Michael Kraus scored with 46 seconds left, while Laviano sent the game to overtime with a score with 15 seconds left in regulation, courtesy of a Moore assist.

Aitken had three goals and an assist and had two straight goals to pull the Cavs within 11-10 with 7:55 left.

Laviano had the two final goals for Virginia with Matt Moore (Garnet Valley) assisting on both tallies. The Cavalier attackman finished the day with four goals and Moore had two goals and two assists.

Faceoff specialist Petey LaSalla won the last eight faceoffs of the game, including the two in overtime. Neither team could break through in the first overtime as UVA took three shots and committed two turnovers, while Duke took four shots, two of which were saves by Alex Rode.

Matt Moore

Duke concludes the 2019 season with a 13-5 overall record, advancing to its 12th NCAA semifinal in program history. The Blue Devils were led on offense by Brad Smith’s three goals and four points overall, while CJ Carpenter and Joe Robertson (Duke’s Lacrosse Club) both had three points apiece from two goals and an assist.

Virginia scored first and led 2-1 after a first quarter that featured 17 combined shots and eight combined turnovers, six of which were by the Cavaliers.

Duke came out of the second quarter on fire, scoring four goals on 11 shots, and holding Virginia’s high-powered offense scoreless. The two goals were tied for the second fewest allowed in a first-half for Duke this season as the Blue Devils kept the Cavaliers off the board for the final 19:55 of the first half.

The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair as the teams traded goals early on. Virginia cut the lead to two goals twice, but the Blue Devils always seemed to have an answer with Robertson and Brian Smyth netting goals seven seconds apart to keep Duke ahead 7-4.

Duke’s Joe Robertson

The Cavaliers responded with a 3-0 run to end the third period, the final one coming off the stick of Laviano with six seconds left in the quarter.

The Blue Devils jumped back ahead by three with goals from Smyth and Kevin Quigley to set up what proved to be a heart-stopping final 15 minutes.

After Virginia scored three of the next four to make it an 11-10 score in favor of the Blue Devils, Quigley came up with a huge goal with time winding down on the shot clock to what perhaps could have iced the victory with 1:56 left.

Duke got possession again with 1:25 left, but couldn’t clear against Virginia’s ride, allowing the Cavaliers to make their improbable comeback.

Virginia outshot Duke 53-48 and won 7-of-10 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and both in overtime. Alex Rode finished the game with 18 saves for the Cavaliers, while Turner Uppgren had 11. Brian Smyth went 12-of-30 at the faceoff X and picked up five ground balls.

Defensively, Van Raaphorst picked up four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Jack Fowler also had four pickups off the ground.

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