Virginia gets revenge against Duke

April 23, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Focus was not a problem for Virginia last night.

The Cavaliers' bid for a second straight unbeaten regular season in the Atlantic Coast Conference was spoiled by Duke a week ago today. Virginia made amends in the semifinals of the conference tournament, rolling to a tournament scoring record with a 19-13 victory before 2,017 at Scott Stadium.

Virginia, No. 4 in the USILA rankings, will attempt to become the first team other than No. 5 North Carolina to win the tournament when the two meet tomorrow (1 p.m.) at Klockner Stadium.

"We're more anxious than mad," coach Dom Starsia said of the Cavaliers' mind set before the game. Their readiness was apparent from the start, as they raced to a 3-0 lead in the first

five minutes.

The spread was 10-2 midway through the second quarter, as Virginia (9-2) made Duke (9-4) pay for ending the Cavaliers' seven-game win streak.

With Kevin Pehlke collecting school records of 138 goals and 239 points the past four years, the Virginia attack had become predictable, but the Cavaliers have spread the wealth this season. Nine players have scored at least nine goals.

Sophomore Tim Whiteley, Virginia's leading point-getter this season, had more than Duke did in the first 22 minutes. His two goals and an assist helped the Cavaliers to an 8-2 lead. Freshman Michael Watson, Whiteley's teammate at St. Paul's, had two goals and three assists, and Sean Miller and Greg Traynor had three goals apiece.

Four teams had scored 18 goals in the first five years of the tournament.

Scott Harrison had six goals for Duke, tying the tournament record.

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