The University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team reached the Final Four of the national tournament a day after the women’s team’s season came to an end.
Chris Bocklet and Shamel Bratton each scored three goals yesterday to lead the top-ranked Cavaliers to a 10-9 win at Stony Brook University.
It was Virginia’s second game since senior midfielder George Huguely was charged in the May 3 death of Yeardley Love, a fellow student at Virginia and member of the women’s lacrosse team. Love’s teammates lost two days ago to the University of North Carolina in the quarterfinals of women’s tournament.
“We don’t want this thing to end,” senior defenseman Ken Clausen told reporters, according to the school’s website. “With everything that’s been going on, and lacrosse aside, we want to be able to stick together as a team and going out there and playing for the girls and playing for Yeardley.”
The Cavaliers improve to 16-1 and will play fifth-seeded Duke University in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament on May 29 in Baltimore.
Cornell University beat Army 14-5 in yesterday’s other second-round game and will play Notre Dame in the semifinals. The Final Four winners advance to the May 31 championship game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Virginia and Stony Brook were tied 8-8 yesterday in the final period at Stony Brook, New York, when Bocklet scored the go-ahead goal with 5:21 remaining. Bocklet also assisted on a goal by Colin Briggs with 3:45 left that put Virginia up 10-8 and help snap Stony Brook’s nine-game winning streak.
“When you’re standing on the sidelines, all outcomes go through your mind,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “I was prepared to sit here and say I was proud of my team no matter what. But I must tell you I’m certainly glad we got the win and that we have the opportunity to play again next weekend.”