-- The season ended Sunday for one of the best teams in Virginia women's soccer history as Duke scored a shockingly decisive, 3-0 victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Seeded third in the tournament and aiming to build on the program's first ACC championship, the Cavaliers (17-3-2) allowed a season-high goal total. The Blue Devils, who spent much of the season ranked in the top 25, opened the scoring on a corner kick in the 52nd minute and added two more goals as their reeling hosts scrambled to mount a rally.
"I thought we'd get some chances in the second half, but unfortunately we got down and I think it just changed the complexion of the game for us at that point," said Steve Swanson, Virginia's fifth-year coach. "We lost our shape a little bit."
The Cavaliers were not nearly as technically precise against the Blue Devils, annual ACC rivals who had played well in a 2-1 regular season loss here, as they were in Friday's 6-0 first-round victory against James Madison. The Cavs put only three of their 12 shots on goal, including a heartbreaker about 11/2 minutes before halftime, when leading scorer Lindsay Gusick slammed a shot off the crossbar, just an inch or two too high.
Duke (15-7) had only four shots on goal but made them count, beginning when Kate Seibert scored on a corner kick about 61/2 minutes into the second half. Five minutes later, Seibert played the ball up the left side to Carolyn Riggs, who beat goalkeeper Christina de Vries with a low shot to the far corner. Sarah McCabe sealed the win for the visitors with a goal in the 71st minute.
"It's obviously so disappointing to lose at this point," Swanson said. "It's like your season comes to a screeching halt. . . . We just weren't ready for it to end right now."
* VIRGINIA MEN 2, MARYLAND 1: The Cavaliers won the ACC title and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Jeremy Barlow got the game-winning goal and was named the tournament's MVP.
* GEORGE WASHINGTON MEN 2, TEMPLE 0: The Colonials won their second Atlantic 10 title in three years and a spot in the NCAA tournament.