Devils deal Cavs fourth loss
Despite a second straight hat trick by junior midfielder Colin Briggs, the No. 7 Virginia men's lacrosse team lost its second ACC game of the season against No. 10 Duke, 13-11, in Durham, N.C. Saturday.
Briggs scored the first of his career-high four goals just 90 seconds into the game to give the Cavaliers (8-4, 1-2 ACC) an early 1-0 lead. The Blue Devils responded with three unanswered goals, however, and continued their offensive onslaught to finish the first quarter with a 6-3 lead. Senior midfielder Shamel Bratton scored the first goal of the second half and later added an assist to match former teammate Brian Carroll for the Virginia midfielder scoring record with 128 points. Virginia tied the game at 7-7 with 13:41 left in the third quarter, but Duke (10-4, 3-0 ACC) answered with four straight goals and held an 11-8 lead at the end of the third quarter. Duke scored two more goals and seemingly put the game out of reach at 13-8 with 7:05 left to play. Junior attacker Chris Bocklet, sophomore midfielder Chris LaPierre and Briggs each scored during the final seven minutes to give the Blue Devils a scare, but Duke held on for victory by a final score of 13-11.
Despite finishing tied with Maryland and North Carolina for the No. 2 spot in the ACC, the Cavaliers enter ACC tournament as the No. 4 seed because of tiebreakers. Virginia faces Duke again in the conference tournament semifinals in Durham Friday at 7:30 p.m.
-compiled by Dean Overdyk