Nearly 4,000 tickets have been pre-sold to the Duke at Virginia game on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Klockner Stadium. Dave Curry, our Virginia Insider, has accounted for at least one of them. TFBO2F is still holding out for a freebie.
Is Duke on the same level as untouchable teams like 1990 Syracuse and 1998 Princeton?
Absolutely not. They have a couple midfielders who are very good but I don't think they have those one or two midfielders who are dominant. [Fifth-year senior attackman] Matt Danowski is as good as there is. But I think Virginia has more players who can run by you than Duke does.
Why all the excitement for Duke?
Charlottesville people don't like Duke. Nobody likes Duke unless you went to Duke...Duke still probably isn't accepted at UVa [lacrosse-wise]. Obviously, there's a great deal of respect, but Duke hasn't climbed the mountain yet [i.e. won a national title].
How would a big crowd be an advantage to Virginia?
Duke's crowd numbers have gotten better, but they're not drawing what they might see on Saturday. Eight thousand people would make Klockner very
clausterphobic claustrophobic...It can be a very tough place to play.
What should we watch in the game?
Right now, given everything that happened two years ago and everything else, Duke is playing with a lot of motivation...The key will be Duke's ball-hawking defensemen against Virginia's offense. Everyone talks about Danowski and [junior attackman] Zack Greer, but Duke has some longsticks who can really move and get after the ball.
Virginia has made a goalie switch and will start fifth-year senior Bud Petit. How will that affect the game?
Right now, it's no different from having another midfielder step into a starting role. It means you have depth at that position. It's like what we said last week, do you go with the goalie who may make you better in May or the goalie who makes you better now? The coaches decided they would be better with Bud today. But I don't think Adam Ghitelman is off the table. Bud needs to play well.
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