The Virginia men's lacrosse team did yesterday what the women's team couldn't do Saturday - move on to the final four amid the emotional aftermath of the death of Yeardley Love.
The Virginia men's lacrosse team did yesterday what the women's team couldn't do Saturday - move on to the final four amid the emotional aftermath of the death of
Chris Bocklet scored three goals and set up two others and Adam Ghitelman made 13 saves to help the top-seeded Cavaliers outlast host and upset-minded No. 8 seed Stony Brook, 10-9, in the quarterfinals.
The Cavaliers (16-1), who are four-time champions, will face fifth-seeded Duke (14-4) Saturday in Baltimore in the national semifinals.
"I think there was a little bit of a letdown today," Ghitelman said. "We didn't play perfect, but we pulled through in a really tough atmosphere against a really good team. Just the aspect of wanting to play for those girls and for Yeardley, it's something that's definitely helping us and going to be able to carry us through in the end."
It was Virginia's second game since senior midfielder George Huguely was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Love, a senior defender for Virginia's women's team who was found dead in her bedroom May 3. Four days later, men's coach Dom Starsia's father passed away following a long illness.
The women's team fell, 17-7, at North Carolina in its quarterfinal Saturday.
"I think we've been through a lot," said Ken Clausen, a senior defenseman and captain. "Something the coach has been saying, and it's been kind of a motto, is we don't want this thing to end yet, and that goes for everything that's been going on. Lacrosse aside from that, we want to be able to stick together as a team a little bit longer.
"So coming out there and playing for the girls' team and playing for Yeardley and going and doing this thing, that's been on our mind and that's been motivation for us. I think we're all very happy to be sticking around with each other for another week."
In the other quarterfinals game, seventh-seeded Cornell cruised past unseeded Army, 14-5. The Big Red (12-5) will face unseeded Notre Dame (9-6) in the semifinals Saturday in Baltimore.
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