Duke vs. Virginia
April 21, 2002
The Game Story:
Duke Repeats As ACC Men's Lacrosse Champion With 14-13 Victory Over Top-Ranked Virginia

DURHAM, N.C. - Terrence Keaney scored the game-winning goal with 39 seconds remaining and Tournament MVP A.J. Kincel made 15 saves as second-seeded and 12th-ranked Duke captured the 2002 ACC Men's Lacrosse Tournament championship with a 14-13 win over top-seeded and number one-ranked Virginia in front of 4,106 fans at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils improve to 7-5 while the Cavaliers fall to 9-2. The ACC title for the Blue Devils is their second straight and third overall. Duke head coach Mike Pressler earns his third ACC Tournament crown, moving into a tie with Virginia coach Dom Starsia for the second-most league tournament championships. Dave Klarmann, who serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Blue Devils, won five ACC Tournament titles.

Trailing 13-12 late in the fourth period, Keaney scored on an assist from Kevin Cassese to tie the game with 2:02 remaining. After Cassese won the ensuing face-off, the Blue Devils held possession until Keaney broke free from behind the goal and beat Virginia goalkeeper Tillman Johnson. Duke then won the face-off and maintained possession until turning the ball over with two seconds left. Virginia's desparation length-of-the-field shot was corralled by Kincel wide of the goal.

Virginia bolted out to a 4-1 lead in the opening seven minutes as Billy Glading tallied two goals. Back-to-back goals by Dan Doty and Jimmy Regan just 48 seconds apart pulled Duke within 4-3, and then the two squads traded goals in the final 40 seconds of the period including a short-handed tally by Duke's Taylor Wray with 15 seconds left to make the score 5-4 after one quarter.

After John Christmas found the back of the net for a two-goal Cavalier lead, Duke used a 3-1 spurt with Regan scoring twice to knot the game at 7-7 with less than a minute remaining in the half. Virginia responded as Joe Yevoli scored with just 17 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a one-goal halftime advantage.

Following a goal by Duke's Dan Chemotti that tied the game, Virginia received consecutive goals from Yevoli and Brenndan Mohler to push the Cavaliers ahead by two goals. The Blue Devils then put together a 4-0 run to claim a 12-10 lead at the 11:52 mark of the final period on Regan's fourth and final goal of the day. The Cavaliers then scored three straight goals as Christmas sandwiched goals around a tally by A.J. Shannon to put Virginia ahead, 13-12, with just under five minutes remaining.

Alex Lieske paced the Duke offense with three goals and three assists while Regan added a career-high five points on four goals and one assist. For Virginia, Chrismas logged three goals and one assist. The Cavaliers played the final 55:09 without All-America defender Mark Koontz, who left the game after reinjuring his knee less than five minutes into the contest.


*A.J. Kincel (Duke), Terrence Keaney (Duke), Dan Hauber (Duke), Jimmy Regan (Duke), Alex Lieske (Duke), John Christmas (Virginia), Tillman Johnson (Virginia), A.J. Shannon (Virginia), Joe Yevoli (Virginia), Paul Spellman (North Carolina), Brian Carroll (Maryland)
*Most Valuable Player