Duke Takes ACC Tourney, 11-9 Over UVA

Duke Takes ACC Tourney, 11-9 Over UVA

Duke Takes ACC Tourney, 11-9 Over UVA

Duke Takes ACC Tourney, 11-9 Over UVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Dan Loftus recorded a season-high 17 saves to help top-seeded and second-ranked Duke repeat as ACC Champions with an 11-9 victory over third-seeded and third-ranked Virginia on Sunday afternoon at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.

Duke held an 11-3 lead with six minutes left in the third period and held off a determined Virginia squad over the last 21-plus minutes to hold on for the program’s sixth ACC title, including the second straight league crown and the fourth in the last eight years.

With the victory, Duke improves to 15-1 on the season while Virginia falls to 12-3. Duke has now won five straight games against Virginia, but the Cavaliers continue to lead the all-time series, 48-20. The Blue Devils also downed the Cavaliers in the 2007 ACC Tournament title contest in Durham by a 12-9 count.

Loftus earned ACC Tournament MVP honors for his efforts. He was joined on the ACC All-Tournament team by teammates Matt Danowski, Zack Greer, Parker McKee, Ned Crotty, Max Quinzani, Tony McDevitt and Nick O'Hara. Danowski becomes just the second player in ACC Tournament history to earn four ACC All-Tournament nods, joining Maryland’s Scott Hochstedt, while Greer now has three to his credit.

Danowski led Duke with three goals and an assist while Crotty and Greer each scored two goals. Quinzani and Steve Schoeffel, playing in his hometown of Charlottesville, each had a goal and an assist.

The Cavaliers posted the first goal of the day less than three minutes into the game when Ben Rubeor fed a cutting Brian Carroll for a marker. Duke’s riding abilities proved beneficial just over one minute later when Danowski an errant Cavalier throw and Brad Ross tossed in an open-net goal to tie the game at 1-1.

With 8:36 left in the opening period, Schoeffel dodged down the left alley and registered an unassisted goal to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage following a defensive takeaway by McKee. The Blue Devils then closed the first quarter with two goals as Greer scored on a feed from Danowski with 1:14 on the clock and Quinzani dumped in a marker from in front of the cage after taking a pass from Schoeffel with just 8.5 seconds remaining.

Duke pushed its streak of consecutive goals to five at the 11:27 mark of the second quarter when Zach Howell used a rollback move on the left side to get free in the middle of the field and beat Virginia goalkeeper Bud Petit with a low shot. Crotty then worked from behind the net and notched a goal to make the score 6-1 in favor of Duke midway through the second period. The Cavaliers ended the Duke run at the 6:34 mark when Garrett Billings scored off an assist from Peter Lamade.

Crotty again beat his defender from behind the goal for his second tally of the game, pushing Duke’s lead back to five goals with 5:13 on the clock. Just 24 seconds later, the Cavaliers got an extra man marker from Gavin Gill to trim the lead to 7-3. Duke took the four-goal lead into halftime, thanks in part to nine saves by Loftus.

Named the 2008 ACC Player of the Year for the third time just three days earlier, Danowski scored back-to-back goals just 47 seconds apart to give Duke a 9-3 lead six minutes into the third period. Quinzani and Greer then recorded extra man goals less than one minute apart before Virginia made the score 11-4 on Rubeor’s tally at the 4:56 mark.

Virginia opened the fourth quarter with a man advantage, and Rubeor’s goal from the right side pulled the home team to within 11-5. With 11:33 remaining, Virgina notched another extra man goal when Brian Carroll found the back of the net. The Cavaliers’ spurt reached four goals when Rhamel Bratton scored from Rubeor with 8:56 on the clock.

The Cavaliers then had a late flurry to make the game close. With a man-up, Carroll scored on an assist by Lamade with 1:42 left and then after winning the face-off, Rubeor scored just 10 seconds later to pull within two goals at 11-9, Virginia’s sixth straight goal. Duke was able to take control of the ball for the last minute and a half to get the victory.

Duke improves to 15-14 all-time in ACC Tournament action including a 5-5 ledger in championship games.

Duke will next take the field to end the regular season Sunday, May 4, with a home game against St. John’s at Koskinen Stadium. Face off is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Select (http://duke.accselect.com).

Selection for the 2008 NCAA Tournament will take place Sunday night. The selection show will take place at 9 p.m. and be televised live on ESPNU.


* Matt Danowski becomes just the second player in ACC Tournament history to earn four All-ACC Tournament team honors, joining Maryland’s Scott Hochstedt, who played from 1996-99.

* Duke’s Zack Greer and Virginia’s Ben Rubeor both earned their third all-tournament team honor, becoming the eighth and ninth players in league history to accomplish that feat.

* Danowski recorded three goals and an assist for four points, pushing his season total to 80 and his career total to 336. He currently ranks second in NCAA history and is just seven points away from Joe Vasta’s record of 343. Vasta played for Air Force from 1983-86. The 80 points is the fourth-highest single-season total in Duke history and ninth-highest in ACC history.

* Danowski now has 163 career goals and moved into a tie for 14th on the NCAA’s all-time chart. He is currently knotted with Princeton’s Jesse Hubbard (1995-98) and just two behind Doug Knight from Virginia (1994-97; 165).

* Danowski recorded one assist and now has 173 in his career and remains in fifth place in NCAA history. He is just one back of fourth place and Kevin Love from Princeton (1991-94).

* In seven career ACC Tournament games, Danowski finishes with 34 points with 17 goals and 17 assists.

* Greer’s two goals pushes his career total to 190 and he becomes just the fourth player in NCAA history to record 190 or more goals. He is just three goals away from Stan Clockerton’s NCAA-record total of 193, which he accumulated for N.C. State from 1977-80.

* Max Quinzani recorded one goal and Duke improves to 28-2 when he scores.

* Dan Loftus becomes the fifth ACC Tournament MVP in school history, joining Ross Moscatti (1995), Scott Bross (2001), A.J. Kincel (2002) and Danowski (2007).

* Duke recorded its 15th win of the season, the third most wins in a season for Duke and tied for fifth best in ACC history. Duke’s 2005 and ’07 squads recorded 17 wins along with Virginia’s 2006 team. North Carolina had 16 wins in 1991 while the Cavaliers’ had 15 wins in 2003.

* Duke has now won four straight ACC Tournament games, the second longest streak in program history. Duke won five straight from 2001-03.

* The ACC Championship is Duke’s 109th in its history, including the 59th in spring sports, which ranks second in the league. Duke also has 40 ACC titles this decade which also ranks second most in the conference.

* Duke now has six men’s lacrosse championships and five tournament championships. Duke won the 1954 title and then won the tournament in 1995, 2001, ’02, ’07 and ’08).

* Duke has won at least one ACC title in 44 of the league’s 55 year existence, including every season since 1979-80 and Duke has now won multiple titles each season since 1990-91. Duke also won the women’s golf championship earlier this spring.

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Boring ?
    by (#185818) on 4/28/08 @8:30AM
This game started off very boring and one-sided... I almost think that Duke let them back into the game so it wouldn't be boring because it was on TV... if thats the case then good job Duke because you guys made it an exciting game once UVA stopped throwing the ball away... if not then great come back try by UVA who could of won it if it weren't for some poor shooting... I think only one person had a reason for taking poor shots until he hit his first one and that was Rhamel or Shamel Bratton (sorry if name is spelled wrong) and actually it doesn't matter because they both played in the game, they didn't play poorly you could just tell they were very nervous but kept their cool as far as playing in the game... their nervousness showed in the shot selection and missing the open netter... hopefully third time is a charm... I wouldn't mind seeing and all blue and orange championship game...

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uva come on
    by (#117375) on 4/28/08 @9:09AM
what is going on here man watching a once high powered offence keep falling by the way side when true compitition stares them in the face. shamel and rhamel are still getting under played by there coach even though they have proven themselves worthy, but the main story is how many bad shots glading and rubbier took this game i mean some wherenot even close. hopefully in the memorial day weekend they will turn things around but i think syracuse will take it all this year GO ORANGE!!!!
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    by (#168316) on 4/28/08 @11:14AM
look at the (i think) 11th picture of Danowski. He should have served some penalty time. talk about an illegal stick. how low is that bag of trash he is carrying. haha.
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both sides have their share...
    by (#196948) on 4/28/08 @2:39PM

Although I agree with you completely about Danowski's crosse, the same could be said about more than a few players on both the Duke and UVa sidelines. It's sad that more stick checks are not carried out. I despised watching several times when a player from either side seemed to miraculously retain the ball through double teams, trips, and falls.

I hope that when the new rules for heads comes into effect that less of these "miracles" will occur.
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Danowski's stick
    by (#44440) on 4/29/08 @8:48AM
Guys, Danowski scored 3 goals during this game so his stick was checked AT LEAST 3 times (it could have also been checked at the ends of each period).

Photos always provide an illusion that a stick is illegal, but I somehow doubt the refs are letting him slide with an illegal pocket
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UVA Vs. Duke In NCAA Title Game?
    by (#136419) on 4/28/08 @11:40AM
Just like the people who posted before, I would LOVE to see it happen. And, IMHO, this would be the most hyped title game matchup that could happen and one of the most hyped title games ever. Think about it:

1. The two teams are ACC rivals.

2. The two teams are perennial powers.

3. This would be the third time that the two teams met this season. And, when there are two very good teams that play each other three times in a season, it is very hard for one team to win all three teams. IMHO, Duke would be more scared to face UVA in the title game than anyone else.

Duke vs. Hopkins would draw a lot of hype, too, because the two teams met in the finals in 2005 and 2007, with Hopkins winning by one goal both teams. People would be hyped to see if Duke can finally get it done against Hopkins in the title game. But, still, I say that UVA vs. Duke would draw the most hype.

But, I think that, all together, there will be more hype if Duke is in the title game than if they are not, due to what happened two years ago and due to the fact that they have been so close to winning it all and seeing if they can finally get it done.
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    by (#196944) on 4/28/08 @2:03PM
I was really dissapointed overall with UVA. Defense and clearing were sloppy. Offense as people have already mentioned wasn't great and just sloppy azz passing and clearing all through the game. Crotty got off 2 shots from the same angle against Timms both times what I believe to be a result of bad positioning while he was riding Crotty. I thought Timms was totally out of wack as he usually is a great player. The Bratton twins really showed their inability to get shots on goal and took some real crappy shots albeit they are freshman and were playing in their first ACC Championship game. Duke played very well but I thought they too made some mistakes that the Cavs could have taken advantage of. Furthermore, Duke managed to slow down or shut down the offense from the midfield by playing the Cavs agressively out of the box which in my opinion really hurt the attack units. In any case this is my first post so if what I said was wrong then please do correct me. I am really hoping that they have another shot at Duke.
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    by (#94709) on 4/28/08 @3:22PM
Naptown I'd have to disagree with you on this one. While UVA-Duke would no doubt be a great match-up in the final given their ACC rivalry, it wouldn't compare to a Hopkins-Duke rematch in terms of hype. Last year Duke were the media's darlings following their forfeited season. I have never seen ESPN so biased in pulling for a particular team to win their respective championship. Hopkins ruined the storybook ending when they upset the Blue Devils. A rematch in this year's final would provide Duke a shot at redemption and (like you already said) a way to get the Hopkins monkey off their back. Both teams are in a similar situation as well with Duke dominating the competition and Hopkins seeming to blow off half of the regular season. Besides, a third game between the Dukies and Wahoos in one year seems a little boring to me. If not Hopkins-Duke, though I hate to admit it, I'd rather see Syracuse-Duke since the two have yet to play each other. All in all I'd bet the farm on Duke to make it to the final...it's really them and then everyone else at the moment.

Go Hop
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1: Get off the bandwagon 2: UVA=Stage Fright
    by (#118964) on 4/28/08 @2:05PM
I don't think there were enough pointless stats in this article could we please have some more?

"Danowski recorded three goals and an assist for four points, pushing his season total to 80 and his career total to 336. He currently ranks second in NCAA history and is just seven points away from Joe Vastas record of 343. Vasta played for Air Force from 1983-86."

Danowski is ranked second in points because hes played 77 games so far. Joe Vasta played in only 56, and hes still seven up.

Side note: When will UVA stop choking under pressure? Duke is obviously a better team, but the Cavs cant even complete passes when the heat is on its pathetic. I'd love to agree with the earlier posts about another rematch of these two teams, but at this point I don't think UVA even deserves another chance at Duke this season.
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Choking under pressure?
    by (#139861) on 4/28/08 @2:17PM
What the hell are all you morons talking about? UVa choked under pressure yet again? The Cavs have a perfect 3-0 record in overtime games this year. That is the definition of good under pressure. And Duke was the favorite to win this game. UVa lost by two goals. How is that choking? I'm usually forgiving on this board, but a ton of people have made the same dumb comment.
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    by (#118964) on 4/28/08 @2:44PM
TWO people made the comment. TWO. And I'm referring to a larger scope of time than this season. I'm a die hard life-long UVA fan and I'll be the first to admit that UVA Historically chokes under pressure they've lost 4 championship games in overtime. Okay, yeah they came back and won three OT games this season, but they played like crap until the last 2 minutes of 2 of them. In the last three years, the only major win the Cavs have lacked is the win over Duke, and every time they have a chance to actually win they end up losing primarily due to unforced errors, which is exactly what happened this time.

Is it really necessary to call people morons because you have a difference in OPINION? Thats the point of an OPINION its not a FACT, so we don't all need to agree on it. Disagree all you want, but don't be a dick about it.
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Dom Starsia Has Three National Titles
    by (#136419) on 4/28/08 @3:56PM
Yes, that is great. Ace Adams didn't win any. However, you are right that he has several choke jobs on his resume, too. He may be the greatest recruiter ever, and he is also a solid coach. But, with the talent he has had throughout his time at UVA, I think he should have at least a couple more championships. The two biggest choke jobs he has had are:

1. losing to Maryland in the 1997 Quarterfinals with a loaded team, which featured Michael Watson, Doug Knight, David Curry, and Tommy Smith.

2. blowing a huge lead against a very young Princeton team in the 2000 Final Four, with a Cavs team that included Conor Gill, Jay Jalbert, and Ryan Curtis

However, all-around, he is a winner.
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    by (#139861) on 4/28/08 @5:49PM
Very true. My comment was a little over the top. I suppose I was not thinking about the larger scheme of things. That is a good point. The Hoos haven't had a win against Duke in more than a few years and have had multiple chances.
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more points
    by (#148951) on 4/29/08 @9:10PM
i think it is more of an accomplishment to score in todays defense oriented game. i think we all know that 15-20 years ago the run'n'gun was the type of offense EVERY TEAM USED, so the fact they scored more points should be expected. a normal score from that era was 13-15 13-12 etc while a normal game from today is 8-7 or 7-6. there is a huge difference. and by the way, the fifth year is really not much different from a redshirt. they didnt play much in 06, dino only scored like 17 points before their season was cancelled.
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Duke Lacrosse
    by (#195810) on 4/28/08 @5:11PM
I agree with PAlax11...there are so many useless stats within this article. Yes, Danowski is the best player in college lacrosse week in and week out, but I have a slight problem comparing some of his stats to the all time greats considering he had an extra half a year to add to them. In my opinion you give any athlete of Division 1 skill 5 years to work with a core of friends and players (like Duke) and we should expect a year like this and stats like these. Danowski, Greer, O'Hara should be pro players and have no business within the college game anymore and they've proved this thoughout the year dominating every weekend. It's like taking Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker and putting them on some college team during an NCAA tourny. In my opinion its not fair towards the other D1 teams who work hard to compete with Duke who has a stacked team with multiple pro-type players. Yes Duke will prob go on to win the tourny but from my stand point, and I know some wont agree, I dont see it as legit and I would personally place some form of an asteric on thier championship (if it even gets to that point). I'm not trying to hate on Duke but NO other college team has had a situation as unique as thiers.
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    by (#123571) on 4/28/08 @9:55PM
no other team has had a situation as unique as theirs. I totally agree, but not in the same sense. These guys, O'hara, Danowski, Greer, they will always be remembered as some guys on the whole Duke scandal team. Them being allowed to play an extra year is just giving them a chance to be remebered for something other than that. I hate all the people who post on the duke stories and complain about how these really good players are tearing other teams apart week in-week out. Yes, they are really good, but don't feel bad for these other teams who are losing to them. Georgetown beat duke this year; it can be done. Complain about these other teams not being good enough to handle duke, or just suck it up and quit your b!%&$in'.
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    by (#44440) on 5/01/08 @11:22AM
Why should Greer be a pro player, he was a sophomore when the Duke scandal took place and is a NATURAL senior this year. If he were to take his fifth year, that would take place next year.

To take anything away from what Greer has accomplished would be a dis-service. To follow your "logic" he's actually been able to come close (and probably will) break the all time NCAA goal record in only 3.5 years of competition whereas whomever holds it now did it in 4 years. If he DOES elect to play a 5th year, he can pretty much be assured of creating a record that will never be broken.
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