April 22, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ Top-seeded Duke outscored Virginia 7-1 in the second quarter on the way to a 19-10 victory on Friday in the semifinals of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Menâ€™s Lacrosse Championship at Koskinen Stadium.
The host Blue Devils (11-4) advanced to Sunday afternoonâ€™s championship game against third-seeded Maryland (9-3). The Terrapins advanced with a 7-6 victory over second-seeded North Carolina in Fridayâ€™s first semifinal.
Midfielder Justin Turri started Dukeâ€™s comeback from an early 4-2 deficit with a goal three seconds before the first quarter ended. At halftime, the Blue Devils had a 10-5 lead.
Jordan Wolf and David Lawson scored four goals each for Duke, which won the teamsâ€™ regular-season meeting 13-11 last weekend in Durham.
Colin Briggs had two goals and three assists for Virginia (8-5), and Matt White added three goals.
Under coach John Danowski, Duke owns a 4-1 ACC Tournament record against Virginia, but Danowski said past results were not a predictor of future success.
â€œYou have to take each game as a single event,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re honored to have the chance to host this tournament. Hosting it, you feel a little extra pressure, but weâ€™re excited and honored to be in the championship.â€ Duke had 38 ground balls to 27 for Virginia, including a 13-2 edge in the second quarter.
â€œWe just couldnâ€™t get the ball cleared in the second quarter,â€ Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. â€œWe were scrambling a little bit in the defensive end.â€
Against Maryland on Sunday, the Blue Devils will be playing for their seventh ACC Tournament title and fifth since 2001.
Sundayâ€™s 3:30 p.m. championship game will be televised by FOX Sports.
Duke head coach John Danowski
Opening Statement: â€œWe are extremely honored to have the opportunity to participate in the championship game on Sunday. We feel a little a bit of extra pressure since we are hosting, but we are very excited and very honored to be able to play on Sunday.â€
On playing with extra confidence tonight compared to last week: â€œNo. I think you have to take every game in the season as a single event. I canâ€™t explain the overall record and the overall concept, but tonight we had a week to prepare and get better at the things that we needed to get better at. I thought that we did better than last week; we did improve.â€
Duke freshman attackman Jordan Wolf
On playing during the second quarter with a lead: â€œIt was a really good experience. It was fun playing a team like Virginia with a great lacrosse history. It was just a great experience with everything just clicking at that time.â€
Virginia head coach Dom Starsia
On turning things around for the NCAA tournament: â€œCredit to Duke first and foremost. I thought they played really well. We never had the ball in the second quarter. I thought we came out and played and we just couldnâ€™t get the ball cleared, never had the ball, never possessed the ball in the second quarter. We were scrambling a bit at the defensive end of the field and we wanted to come out and play some man today and I donâ€™t think it was the settled defense as much as it was us turning the ball over in transition, which seems to be a problem with these guysâ€”for us with these guys. Iâ€™d like to think that thereâ€™s nothing special about it just the fact that theyâ€™re a really good team and we seem to bring out the best in these guys for some reason and weâ€™re just going to have to continue to work at it at the defensive end. I felt like we could get chances on offense when we got the ball down there especially at the beginning of the game. We got a little impatient when we got it down there a couple times but we just never had a chance to play enough offense over the course of the game. We felt like we were in the defensive end the whole time.â€
Virginia junior attackman Steele Stanwick
On coming back off of injury: â€œI felt pretty good. It was tough watching last weekâ€™s game so I was excited to get out here and play. It definitely wasnâ€™t the result we were looking for but this team always fights hard, which Iâ€™m proud to say. It just wasnâ€™t our best game. That second quarter really got away from us. We just have to get back to practice and get ready for Penn.â€
Virginia sophomore attackman Matt White
On turnovers at the beginning of the second quarter: â€œWe were a little impatient. We had good matchups but we didnâ€™t want to spin the ball, we just wanted to go right at them. In hindsight, I think if we would have slowed it down and taken it around a few times before going at those matchups it would have been good for us.â€
Virginia vs. Duke