PHILADELPHIA — Billy Joel played to a packed house at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
The next day, across the street, another Long Island guy performed his own rendition of “Big Shot."
Ian Laviano out of Cold Spring Harbor scored the tying goal with 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation and also scored the winner in double overtime as Virginia rallied to stun Duke, 13-12, in an NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse semifinal Lincoln Financial Field.
Before Laviano’s equalizer, Virginia had trailed since Duke took a 3-2 lead early in the second quarter. The winner came with 3:09 remaining in the second overtime. Both goals were assisted by Matt Moore.
“That’s something we have connected on before,” Laviano said of the game-winner. “Incredible look by Matt. I just had to do the easiest part, which was put in the back of the net.”
In truth, there was nothing easy about Virginia’s win. The Cavaliers were held without a goal in the second quarter and Duke headed into halftime with a 6-2 lead. Virginia had lost 19 of 20 against Duke and not beaten the Blue Devils since 2010.
Petey LaSalla out of Miller Place was instrumental in the comeback, winning seven of 10 faceoffs in the fourth quarter and both faceoffs in the extra frames.
When asked if the team could have won without LaSalla, midfielder Ryan Conrad said, "No. He’s stood on his head the entire season."
Laviano led the Cavaliers with four goals. Dox Aitken had three goals and one assist, and Michael Kraus added one goal and four assists. They improved to 5-0 in overtime games.
Third-seeded Virginia (16-3) will seek its sixth NCAA title on Monday afternoon against fifth-seeded Yale.
Brad Smith led No. 2 Duke (13-5) with three goals and one assist. The Blue Devils, coached by former Hofstra and Post coach John Danowski, was seeking their fourth championship this decade.
“They beat us,” Danowski said. “They very clearly beat us. They were just clearly the more skilled team. They’ve been doing this to teams all year. They don’t give up.”
Virginia, which returned to the final weekend for the first time since 2011, lost two of its first three games this season before reeling off 15 of 16. The only loss in the latter run came against Duke.
“We just stuck to our game plan,” Aitken said. “We didn't think about the 800-pound gorilla, or whatever it's called.”