After the ACC semifinals on Saturday, Virginia and Notre Dame advance to face each other in the ACC championship game next weekend. The Cavaliers had to fight for everything in their win while Notre Dame came out and dominated from the opening whistle, never looking back.
The 2019 ACC Championship game will be at Virginia on May 4th at Klockner Stadium.
Virginia 14, North Carolina 13
The North Carolina Tar Heels looked like they were going to pull off another upset in the ACC tournament and beat Virginia, but the Cavaliers weren’t going to let that happen as they put together a big fourth quarter comeback and secured the win.
Virginia started hot right out of the gate as they went up 3-0 early in the first. North Carolina soon woke up and started to fight back on both ends of the field, making it a 6-3 Virginia lead at the end of the first. After two-goal Virginia run to end the first, North Carolina took over.
The Tar Heels held the Cavaliers scoreless in the second quarter while they went on a four-goal run to tie things up heading into the half. Tanner Cook had two of the Tar Heels four goals during that run.
North Carolina continued their run early in the third as they went started the second half with four straight, making it eight straight goals for the Tar Heels since the second quarter. With North Carolina leading 10-6, Ryan Conrad and Michael Kraus finally stopped the bleeding and got Virginia back on the board late in the third.
Starting the fourth man-up North Carolina got a quick goal to go up 12-8 with 14:09 in the fourth quarter. That would be the last goal the Tar Heels would enjoy for a while as Virginia arose and put on an offensive clinic, scoring four straight to tie things up at 12 all with 5:37 in the fourth. Dox Aitken scored two goals during that four-goal run for Virginia. Alex Trippi answered for North Carolina a few minutes later as the Tar Heels took the lead once again.
Michael Kraus tied things back up for Virginia and it looked like overtime was the only possiblity after a few great defensive stands. However, Virginia freshman goalie Patrick Burkinshaw made a clutch save that led to a fast break and Ian Laviano netted the game winner for the Cavaliers with one minute left in the game.
Ian Laviano led Virginia with 4 goals in the win while Matt Moore had 7 points (1G,6A) to help the Cavaliers. In goal, Alex Rode and Patrick Burkinshaw split time. Rode made 4 saves and Burkinshaw made 6
North Carolina was led by Justin Anderson who tallied 4 points (2G,2A). In goal for the Tar Heels, Canton Johnson made 10 saves.
Notre Dame 12, Duke 10
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got off to a hot start and were able to stay ahead the whole game and secure the win. While Duke was able to put together a strong comeback, they would fall in their effort, taking the 12-10 loss to the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame started strong as Bryan Coatabile scored the first two of the Irish’s three-goal run to open the game. Duke was able to finally get on the boar at the end of the first and make it a 3-1 Notre Dame lead heading into the second quarter. Notre Dane extended their lead t 4-1 early in the second before Duke answered with a two straight goals from CJ Carpenter to cut the Notre Dame lead to 4-3 with 10:33 in the second.
A two-goal run for Notre Dame but them back up by three before Nakeie Montgomery got the Blue Devils going again. Notre Dame ended the half with a two-goal run to give themselves an 8-4 lead heading into the half.
Duke got the first goal of the second half on a man-up situation early on in the third. Notre Dame then answered with a two-goal run and Duke did just the same to counter. That two-goal Duke run gave them some momentum heading into the fourth and cut the Notre Dame lead to 10-7 at the end of the third.
After Notre Dame scored the first goal of the fourth quarter Duke went on a three-goal and cut it to a one-goal game. Bryan Costabile scored on a man-up with less than a minute left to give Notre Dame the 12-10 victory as Duke’s comeback fell short.
Bryan Costabile led the way for Notre Dame with 5 goals in the win. In cage for the Irish, Matt Schmidt made 18 saves.
Duke was led by CJ Carpenter with 4 goals on the day. Turner Uppgren made 15 saves in cage for the Blue Devils.