CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- Duke's lead was almost as steady as the rain in Friday's night ACC home opener as the Cavaliers fell short 16-14 in a game where they trailed throughout. 

Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead but a pair of goals from Payton Cormier and Xander Dickson would make it a 2-3 game by the end of the first quarter. The Blue Devils wouldn't let up though as they went on a 4-0 in the second to extend the lead. Cormier’s second unassisted goal of the day halted the Duke run with 7:22 left in the half. The Cavaliers went on to close out the second period by scoring four of the last five goals, all of which were by Cormier or Dickson. The Blue Devils led by two at the half. 

The Cavaliers and the Blue Devils went back and forth to open the third as they traded the first three goals. Duke then scored three straight to pull away 12-8.  Virginia’s man-up unit netted its first two goals on a Duke non-releasable penalty to cut the Cavaliers deficit back to one, 12-11. However, the Blue Devils scored the next three goals to close out the period and regain a four-goal lead [15-11]. 

O’Neill’s sixth and final goal of the game kicked off the scoring to start the fourth less than 90 seconds in. For the first time this season, UVA short-stick defensive midfielder Grayson Sallade buried a goal with 9:11 to play. The Cavaliers would score two more times, both of which on man-up opportunities, but the Blue Devils’ defense pestered UVA down the stretch to hold on for their 10th win of the season. 

With the win, the Blue Devils extended their win streak over UVA in regular season games to 17 consecutive victories, a streak that began in 2008.