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UVa holds off Stony Brook in quarters

5/23/2010

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The Virginia men's lacrosse team did
Sunday 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.

Chris Bocklet scored three goals and set up two others and Adam
Ghitelman made 13 saves to help the top-seeded Cavaliers outlast
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."

But Stony Brook, which made its second NCAA tournament
appearance and for since 2002, almost showed the Cavaliers the
exit, repeatedly rallying from deficits.

"We weren't cocky by any means, but we were certainly confident
that we could show up and play," said Seawolves coach Rick Sowell,
who had seen his team lose at Virginia 13-8 on Feb. 27. "I'm just
so proud of them for doing just that.

"Yeah, a play here and a play there and you never know what
happens. ... We'll probably drive ourselves nuts by the would'ves,
should'ves and could'ves."

Bocklet made a play with 5:21 left, scoring on a shot from about
5 yards out on the left side that sailed past goalie Charlie Paar
and into the far side of the net, giving the Cavaliers the lead at
9-8. Colin Briggs made it 10-8 with 3:45 to go before Tom
Compitello cut the margin to one with 2:11 remaining.

Jordan McBride had a chance to tie it from the left side with
about 30 seconds to go, but Ghitelman stopped the junior
attackman's straight-on shot.

"That's one shot I want back," McBride said. "I'm going to be
thinking about it until next year."

It was 5-1 Virginia early in the second quarter. But Stony Brook
came back, and when Kevin Crowley scored his first of two, it was
tied at 5 with 5:30 left in the third quarter.

"I think our team has a lot of confidence in our offense,"
Crowley said. "I think we all believed we could come back."

Bocklet, however, responded with a goal from in close. After
Ghitelman stopped Kyle Belton, Bocklet again scored, this time from
the left edge of the crease, to make it a 7-5 game heading for the
fourth.

Then Belton scored 6 seconds into the fourth and Steve Waldeck
tied it 20 seconds later. Shamel Bratton converted his third of the
game to put Virginia back up 8-7. Stony Brook tied it again when
Crowley scored on the run, shooting low from about 10 yards away.

The Seawolves had many opportunities throughout the game because
Adam Rand did his part to help them dominate Virginia on faceoffs.
They won 18 of 23 and outshot the Cavaliers 36-29, including 14-5
in the second quarter, when it scored two goals to start climbing
back.

"It was just your classic, new kids on the block, trying to get
settled down," Sowell said of the early deficit.

The older kids on the block, though, came through in the end.

"When you get to the playoffs, it's about being able to play
again, and we get to play again," Starsia said. "I think at the
end of the day, a game like this, being stretched like this against
this team, will help us as we get ready to play our next
opponent."