October 28, 2010

Poll: LM's 2010 Game of the Year

by Paul Krome | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

2010 Awards: Coach (M) | Coach (W) | Upset | Performance (M) | Performance (W) | Player (M) | Player (W) | Game | Comeback

Thank you for voting. This poll has closed. Check out the fans' and LM's picks in the December issue.

The sport's biggest stages featured some of the year's greatest games. LM recaps some nailbiters that kept fans on the edge of their seats in 2010.

Lacrosse Magazine will run its year-end superlatives in the December issue, but do you have a preference? Vote in our fan poll (at right) or leave a comment (below) to join the conversation.

Duke 14, Virginia 13, NCAA men's semifinal

Duke's Ned Crotty fed a cutting Max Quinzani for the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining, ending a game of runs and an emotional season for the Cavaliers, who dealt with teammate George Huguely's arrest on first-degree murder charges in the May 3 death of Virginia women's player Yeardley Love. The Cavs had a possession in the closing seconds, but committed an offsides violation. Virginia actually surged to an 8-5 third-quarter lead before Duke went on a 7-0 run. The Cavs answered with a 5-1 spurt, forcing the game's fourth tie at 13 on Brian Carroll's third goal with 1:21 left.

Virginia 14, Towson 12, NCAA women's first round

With reminders of teammate Yeardley Love everywhere — a 15-second moment of silence, her family in attendance, blue and orange ribbons abounding among 2,270 fans at Klockner Stadium — host and sixth-seed Virginia took the field May 16 for the first time since Love's shocking May 3 murder. Visiting Towson, which offered its own gesture of support to the grieving Cavaliers after the game in the form of pins of an angel with a lacrosse stick, did not get caught up in the emotional tide, however. The stubborn Tigers twice rallied from three-goal deficits, and they closed to within 13-12 when Jacie Kendall scored her fourth goal with 3:09 left. But Charlie Finnigan finished a feed from Kaitlin Duff with 1:58 remaining, and the Cavs honored Love by holding up placards with the number 1 printed on them to honor their teammate after an emotional win.

USA 12, Canada 10, FIL gold-medal game

Team USA's four-year redemption quest was secured by a greenhorn, as 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and Duke graduate Ned Crotty scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the fourth quarter to help the Americans avenge their loss to Team Canada in the 2006 FIL World Championship final. The contest featured great goaltending by two veterans, Team USA's Brian Dougherty (15 saves) and Team Canada's Chris Sanderson (10 saves), who battled back from cancer to win the event's top goaltender honor.

Virginia 10, Stony Brook 9, NCAA men's quarterfinal

Eighth-seed and host Stony Brook used a dominating faceoff performance by Adam Rand (18-23) to give No. 1 Virginia all it could handle, to the delight of an overflow crowd of 10,024 at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves rallied from a four-goal second-quarter deficit to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter, but Chris Bocklet's goal at 5:21 and assist to Colin Briggs at 3:45 put the Cavs out of reach. Adam Ghitelman turned away Jordan McBride with 30 seconds left to clinch it.

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