(Photo Courtesy of Duke Athletics)
The Duke Blue Devils had, perhaps, their best performance of the season on Thursday night as they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 13-12 in overtime.
Following a game-saving Mike Adler save on one end, Joe Robertson took it from X on the restart and put in the game-winner for the second time this season to push the Blue Devils past the Cavaliers.
Brennan O’Neill (3G/2A) and Joe Robertson (2G/3A) led the Blue Devils with five points apiece while Mike Adler made 16 saves in cage to anchor the Duke defense.
Dox Aitken and Charlie Bertrand each had a hat trick to lead the Virginia offense. Petey LaSalla dominated the faceoff dot, going 18-for-27 in the contest.
After seeing the Cavaliers outpace them 3-1 seven minutes of the contest, the Blue Devils began to heat up. Starting with an unassisted Joe Robertson goal, Duke rattled off five consecutive goals through the 12:08 mark in the second to take a 6-3 lead. In addition to his run-sparking goal, Robertson dished out two assists during the Duke run.
Charlie Bertrand cashed in off a feed from Peter Garno to stop the bleeding for the Cavaliers. Virginia was able to get two more, including the third of the day for Bertrand to end the half, to cut the Duke lead to 7-6 at the half. A Dox Aitken score off a Jeff Conner feed with 12:54 in the third tied things up at 7 and extended the Cavaliers’ run to three goals.
Neither side was able to get more than a one-goal edge in the third quarter until Virginia was able to break the trend, going up 11-9 with 3:18 in the third. The Cavaliers used a three-goal run that started with a score from Petey LaSalla, who went 5-for-8 in the third alone, off the faceoff to catch the spark they needed to get back into the drivers seat.
A Michael Sowers goal to end the third and a Brennan O’Neill at the 9:55 mark in the fourth helped cut the Virginia lead to just 12-11. And after nearly eight minutes of defensive-heavy lacrosse, Garrett Leadmon beat his short-stick matchup and put one past Alex Rode to tie things all up at 12 with just 1:45 in regulation.
The Cavaliers had a chance to win it in the dying seconds of the contest, but a crease violation call on Payton Cormier wiped out what appeared to be the game-winning goal for Virginia and sent things to overtime where Joe Robertson put in the game-winner.