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May 23, 2010
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Shamel Bratton and Chris Bocklet tallied three goals apiece, while Adam Ghitelman made 13 saves to lead the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers (16-1) to a 10-9 triumph over the eighth-seeded Stony Brook Seawolves (13-4) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday in front of 10,024 spectators at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.
Virginia advances to the Cavaliers' third-straight Men's Lacrosse Championship and a semifinal matchup with Duke on Saturday, May 29 at M&T Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Stony Brook stayed close to the Cavaliers by winning the faceoff battle 18-5, but only managed to win the ground ball advantage by four, 32-28. Virginia, the nation's most competent clearing team (92.8 percent) was successful on 18-of-20 attempts under heated pressure all day from the Seawolves.
Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) opened up the game's scoring with his unassisted goal at 12:12. Stony Brook tied things up at 1-1 when Jared Le Verne scored in transition on a pass from Kevin Crowley at the 11:50 mark.
Virginia then reeled off four-straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage. Bratton struck again unassisted at 2:17, followed by a John Haldy (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) goal via a Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) pass at 1:23. Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) capped the first quarter scoring when Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) found the senior in front of the cage with 13 seconds left in the period.