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.

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