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Virginia men's lacrosse suffers last-minute loss to Duke

A long month concluded for the Virginia men's lacrosse team Saturday night with a 14-13 loss to Duke in the national semifinals. The back-and-forth game came down to the game's final minute, when Duke's Max Quinzani netted the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining.

The loss comes almost four weeks after the death of Yeardley Love on May 3. Men's lacrosse player George Huguely has been charged with first-degree murder in Love's death. In the same week Love died, Coach Dom Starsia's father died.

The top-seeded Cavaliers continued playing. Losing to rival Duke left a bitter taste in an emotional locker room, especially among a group of seniors that leave Virginia as the first without a national championship since 1998.

“To not leave with a national championship is obviously disappointing,” senior Ryan Nizolek said. “It’s why you come to the University of Virginia. But given the circumstances of this year, I couldn’t be prouder of these guys. . . .In order for this team to get better and get through everything we were going through, we as seniors had to step up and be there for Dom especially.”

Starsia, too, was emotional after the game. These losses are never easy, he said, and it's even more difficult this season. But Starsia's lasting memory did not appear to be Quinzani's goal.

“The final score may be the least important part of what has transpired here all spring,” Starsia said. "I love what I do. These young men, the practices and games and bus trips. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do this."

...More to come this weekend. Please leave thoughts below or e-mail me at bermanz@washpost.com.

By Zach Berman  |  May 29, 2010; 11:28 PM ET
 
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This is one of the snob sports. Play hockey, draw blood!


Posted by: mortified469 | May 30, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

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