A Classic in Charlottesville as Duke Wins

A Classic in Charlottesville as Duke Wins, 13-12. The #3 Duke Blue Devils (11-1, 3-1 ACC) made the journey to Charlottesville, Va. to face the challenge of the #4 Virginia Cavaliers (9-3, 2-3 ACC). In yet another classic, the teams went extra time to settle things. “Mr.Overtime” Joe Robertson notched his second OT goal of the season with just :32 left.

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A few side stories added to the intrigue in this one. The first goal of the game was a thriller. Joe Robertson assisting on his older brother’s Phil (1g) scoring in their home town to give Duke a lead at 14:13. The first of six ties occurred when Dox Aitken (3g) beat Mike Adler to get it to 1-1.

The Action

Charlie Bertrand (3g) followed :31 later by Connor Shellenberger (1g,1a) put the Cavs in front, 3-1. Joe Robertson (2g,3a), Aidan Danenza (1g), and Owen Caputo (1g) countered to close the first quarter with Duke up, 4-3. Duke stayed on the attack with Michael Sowers (3g) and sidekick Brennan O’Neill (3g,2a). Converting a sweet Joe Robertson feed on the EMO nudged the score to 6-3.

Bertrand and Dyson Williams (1g) matched markers before Peyton Cormier (2g) followed by the third from Bertrand closed the half with a 7-6 edge leaning the Duke way. Aitken and O’Neill each took a turn in the spotlight as did Matt Moore (2g) with Sowers answering. The O’Neill tally was another of the feel-good stories. JT Giles-Harris fired the length of the field directly into the stick of O’Neill to give Giles-Harris his first point.

After Sowers made it 9-8, Petey LaSalla won the draw and took it to the house knotting it up at 9-9. Virginia stayed on the attack and switched the scoreboard to 11-9 with a Cormier goal at 3:27 followed by the third from Aitken just nine seconds later. Sowers ended the run with his third with 1:27 remaining and the combatants went to the final quarter with a 11-10 Cavs lead.

:36 in and Moore pushed it to a two-goal contest. At 9:55, O’Neill cut it to 12-11. Unheralded Garrett Leadmon (1g) hit rope to set the stage from a frantic finish with 1:45 to go. Off to extra time they went and went back and forth with Duke goalie, Adler making a few saves before Robertson went goal line extended and got the best of Alex Rode with just :32 showing on the clock.

Wow! I Need a Breath

Showing how well these teams match up, shots were 50-49 Duke and on goal was 29-28 the Duke way. Duke had 14 turnovers to the Cavs 10. Ground balls were heavily slanted the Virginia way, 42-25. Petey LaSalla once again was outstanding with his goal and going 18 of 27 from the “x”. Mike Adler for Duke and Alex Rode for Virginia each stopped 16 shots. A Classic in Charlottesville as Duke Wins.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.