The Cavaliers (8-2), who outscored the Blue Devils, 8-0, in the second quarter, secured the top seed in this week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Blue Devils (7-2), who lost for the first time in their last five games, held Virginia scoreless for the last 12 1/2 minutes.
With the score tied at 4 after the first quarter, Virginia used a fast transition game to score eight straight goals for a 13-5 halftime lead. Duke answered with five consecutive goals in the third quarter and closed to 15-12.
The Cavaliers, who outshot the Blue Devils, 54-30, scored two unanswered goals to open the fourth for a 17-12 lead, and held off Duke for the final 12 1/2 minutes for the victory.
Virginia will play host to North Carolina in the first round of the ACC tournament on Friday, and Duke will face Maryland.
Princeton's attack combined for 17 points, as Jon Hess scored two goals and had four assists and Jesse Hubbard contributed three goals and two assists. The Tigers scored the game's first eight goals and led 12-2 at halftime.
"We wanted to be aggressive," Princeton coach Bill Tierney said. "That was our goal. Offensively. Defensively. Faceoffs. Whatever it was, we wanted to get after it."
No. 6 Georgetown 18, No. 9 Hofstra 5: Greg Hubschmann scored four goals and added an assist to help host Georgetown (8-2) over Hofstra (7-2). The Hoyas held the Flying Dutchmen scoreless for 25 minutes, scoring six consecutive goals for a 12-3 lead late in the third quarter.
Georgetown dominated every phase of the game, finishing with the edge in shots (48-20), ground balls (45-30) and faceoffs (17 of 26). It marked the third straight game the Hoyas have had at least 11 players score goals.
No. 7 Syracuse 19, Rutgers 7: Rob Kavovit had four goals and four assists as the Orangemen (7-2) routed the Scarlet Knights (6-3) before 4,020 at the Carrier Dome.
Matt Cutia added two goals and two assists for Syracuse.
Syracuse outshot Rutgers, 51-33, and converted four of nine man-up situations.
No. 13 Brown 13, Penn 8: Brett Frood, Tom Collard and Jed DeWick each scored three goals as host Brown (5-5) beat Penn (5-4). The Bears used a 9-1 run to take a 10-4 lead midway through the third quarter.
No. 14 Hartford 13, Fairfield 9: Hartford (6-2) scored on four of seven extra-man opportunities in beating visiting Fairfield (7-4).
Yale 10, No. 15 Army 9: Mark Sproule had two goals and an assist as visiting Yale (2-6) upset Army (5-4).
Sproule scored with 8: 45 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a 9-8 lead.
North Carolina 21, Delaware 7: Spencer Deering tied a school record with 11 points (five goals, six assists) to lead host North Carolina (4-6) over Delaware (2-8). The Tar Heels scored five goals in a four-minute span to build a 17-1 lead early in the third quarter.
Penn State 12, Hobart 11, 2OT: Todd Korte took the the opening faceoff of the second overtime and scored the game-winner -- his only goal of the game -- as Penn State (5-3) edged Hobart (3-3). The Nittany Lions have won three straight.
Dartmouth 12, Cornell 8: Scott Hapgood scored two of his team-high three goals in the third quarter as Dartmouth (2-4) outscored Cornell 7-1 for a four-goal win. Andrew Dance recorded 16 saves for the Big Green.
Pub Date: 4/13/97