By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers came-from-behind to defeat the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cavaliers won 13-12 in double overtime against the Blue Devils.
With the win, the Cavaliers advances to the National Championship game on Monday. The game will start at 1 pm on ESPN2.
What I said three years ago [when he was the Brown head coach in 2016] was, boy was that fun,” Virginia head coach Lars Tiffany said. “This is the game at its best and obviously a showcase, this type of weekend. We had another fun one today. I’m just really, really fortunate and grateful to have men who have committed to something larger and bigger than themselves and to sacrifice for the team. Obviously I have talented men, guys who can make plays.”
Ian Laviano scored the game-winner at 3:09 into the second overtime. Philadelphia area native Matt Moore assisted on the goal.
Laviano also sent the goal into overtime to tie the game at 12. Moore also assisted on this goal that Laviano scored with 15 seconds left in regulation.
“Again, an incredible look by Matt Moore,” Laviano said. “He did the grit, and I just saw a shooting lane and I took it. But Matt Moore did an incredible job, eyes up, and to see the player he’s become is incredible.”
He also had two other goals in the contest. Laviano led Virginia with four goals.
Dox Aitken, like Moore, who returned to the area this weekend, scored three goals. Moore also had two goals.
Ryan Conrad (2), Michael Kraus (1), and Petey LaSalla (1) also scored.
Brad Smith had three goals for the Blue Devils. Philadelphia area native Joe Robertson was one of four players, with Kevin Quigley, CJ Carpenter, and Brian Smyth, with two goals each.
Joey Manown also scored a goal.
“It’s really hard,” Duke senior Cade Van Raaphorst said. “This being the last time I get to wear a Duke jersey and what this program and these guys have meant to me over the past four years, and I think it’s — I just want to thank Coach Danowski and Coach Caputo for letting me come here, and I love this place with all my heart, and it hurts. It hurts I don’t ever get to wear this jersey anymore, but that I don’t get to be around these guys anymore, this coaching staff.
“Everything they’ve done for us, they love us, and we love them, and you can tell. It’s hard to be in that locker room right now. You worked so hard throughout the whole year, you worked so hard after last year losing in the championship, to get back, and to fall short, it hurts, but more than anything it’s saying goodbye to this group of guys and this program.”