May 29, 2010

This was the third meeting this season between Duke and Virginia. The Cavaliers won the only previous NCAA Championship meeting between the two programs - a 10-9 win in the 2000 NCAA Quarterfinals.

On Monday, Duke and Notre Dame will be the first two schools to play for their first-ever NCAA men's lacrosse championship since 1973, when Maryland and Johns Hopkins squared off in the final (Terrapins won, 10-9 in 2OT).

Duke went on a 6-0 run for 15:03, starting after sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet's third goal of the night for Virginia at 13:49 in the third quarter. It ties for the fourth-longest scoring run this season by the Blue Devils. Duke is 12-0 when leading after three quarters of play.

Three of Duke's first five goals were scored on extra-man opportunities, including a pair by senior attack Will McKee (14:41 and 5:45) in the second quarter.

Virginia, who has been the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championship four times, is the last No. 1 seed to win the title. The Cavaliers defeated Massachusetts in the 2006 final game, 15-7. Virginia has been awarded the No. 1 seed in three of the last five years.

Duke sophomore midfielder Justin Turri, who scored three goals and added an assist, has now produced a point in 17 of the 18 games he has played in this season. Turri registered the 41st hat trick ever at M&T Stadium.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Duke senior attack Max Quinzani extended his scoring streak to 65 consecutive games by scoring his first goal of the night at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter. Quinzani went on to score three more goals to mark the 17th time a Division I player has scored four goals in a game at M&T Stadium. It was his 15th hat trick of the year, the most by any player in the country. His four goals tonight ties as the sixth most goals by a Duke player in an NCAA Championship game.

Quinzani has scored 34 career goals in NCAA Championship play, moving him into sole possession of second place for most career goals in NCAA history. He has also moved into fifth place on the NCAA single-season goals list with 68. Quinzani is second all-time in NCAA career goals with 199. He has scored 11 goals in the 2010 NCAA Championship, which is tied for the third-most goals by a Duke player in NCAA history.

Sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick played a role in each of the first three goals score by Virginia. He assisted on the game's first goal scored by Bocklet (12:47) and scored back-to-back goals just 18 seconds apart (4:55 and 4:37) in the opening quarter. Stanwick scored his third goal of the night with 1:50 left in regulation to pull Virginia within one and record the 39th time a Division I player has scored three goals in a game at M&T Stadium.

When Bocklet scored the game's first goal, he become the first Virginia player to score 50 goals in a season since Doug Knight punched in 56 goals in 1996. He scored his third goal at 8:56 in the fourth quarter, making him the 16th Division I player to score four goals in one game at M&T Stadium. Bocklet has now recorded 11 hat tricks this season, the fourth highest in the nation.

Virginia senior midfielder Brian Carroll moved into a tie for first place on Virginia's all-time midfielders goals scored list with 94 (Pete Eldredge, 1969-72). Carroll recorded the 40th hat trick ever made at M&T Stadium.

Attendance for both games today was 44,389, the sixth highest attendance for the NCAA Division I semifinals. It is the third highest attendance number for the NCAA semifinals at M&T Stadium (2007 - 51,719; 2004 - 46,923; 2003 - 37,823).