Thursday, February 28, 2013

What you can do





‎"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden




What you can do





‎"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden




What you can do





‎"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

From VirginiaSports: Cockerton's Six Goals Lead No. 6 UVa over Mt. St. Mary's, 18-11



Cockerton's Six Goals Lead No. 6 UVa over Mt. St. Mary's, 18-11


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Rob Emery
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Feb. 26, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - In severe to moderate rainy conditions, the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (4-0) used six goals from Mark Cockerton, and five points from Rob Emery and Nick O'Reilly to grab an 18-11 triumph over the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (2-2), Tuesday evening at the UHall Turf Field. The game was moved from Klöckner Stadium two hours prior to faceoff because of heavy rains in the Charlottesville area submerged Klöckner's grass surface.

"We're generally a group that is fairly resilient and handles these changes fairly well," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia on the venue change. "Our kids came out and had some energy in the game. I thought we came out and took over the game with enthusiasm in the beginning. I thought we were riding, getting the ground balls, doing the high-energy things that we needed to do. I thought we started to play a little better in the end. It was a good win against a good team that has gotten off to a good start and is very good offensively."

UVa was very active to start on the defensive end of the ball. The Cavaliers limited Mount St. Mary's to 4-of-10 clearing in the first half, including stymieing the Mountaineers to only 2-fo-6 in the first quarter. While Mount St. Mary's tallied the game's first goal on a Brett Schmidt score from Andrew Scalley at 9:06, UVa retaliated with a 6-1 run to firmly grab control of the game.

read it all HERE at the awesome VirginiaSports.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Photos from UVA Men's Lacrosse vs. Mt. St. Mary's ~ 26 February 2013

My photos from UVA Men's Lacrosse vs. Mt. St. Mary's ~ 26 February 2013

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Friday, February 22, 2013

When John Kerry played lacrosse against the UVA Cavaliers - CavDaily Story







John Kerry, Lacrosse Foe

In the CavDaily Blog

It was one of those throwaway lines that speakers use to ingratiate themselves with their audiences, but it caught my attention:

“I will tell you also, I was here a long time ago as an undergraduate,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in Old Cabell Hall. “I played lacrosse down on that field over there against you guys, and my first act of diplomacy is literally to forget who won. I have no idea. I don’t know.”

Well, I looked it up. Kerry graduated from Yale University in 1966, and according to historic records posted on the Virginisports.com site, Yale’s lacrosse team indeed visited Charlottesville just once during a presumed four- or five-year career — on April 2, 1966. And ever the diplomat, Kerry conveniently “forgot” that his Bulldogs whipped the Cavaliers, 12-6.


I emailed Vincent Briedis, a colleague in Athletic Media Relations, seeking any Kerry-related stats from the game, if there were any records available. Alas, he could not immediately put his hands on them (they may be in storage elsewhere, he said), but he did turn up an ESPN  article on Kerry’s athletic background, dating from his run for the presidency.

The story says, “It’s hard to find a profile of Kerry that doesn’t mention that he played hockey, lacrosse and soccer at Yale. But the only sport in which he played varsity was soccer. He also played freshman and JV hockey and, in his senior year, JV lacrosse.”

Briedis notes that Virginia did not have a JV team that year, though it did have a freshman team. But there is no record of U.Va.’s freshman team playing Yale’s jayvees.

Perhaps Kerry accompanied the varsity team to Charlottesville. And given Yale’s fairly comfortable margin, perhaps he got in a few minutes of game time. Or perhaps the ESPN story was wrong. All in all, it didn’t seem to hurt his future prospects.

Incidentally, the coach of that 1966 U.Va. team was none other than Gene Corrigan, who went on to some rather impressive things himself — athletic director at Washington & Lee, Virginia and Notre Dame and commissioner of the ACC.

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When John Kerry played lacrosse against UVA - CavDaily Story




John Kerry, Lacrosse Foe


It was one of those throwaway lines that speakers use to ingratiate themselves with their audiences, but it caught my attention:

“I will tell you also, I was here a long time ago as an undergraduate,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in Old Cabell Hall. “I played lacrosse down on that field over there against you guys, and my first act of diplomacy is literally to forget who won. I have no idea. I don’t know.”

Well, I looked it up. Kerry graduated from Yale University in 1966, and according to historic records posted on the Virginisports.com site, Yale’s lacrosse team indeed visited Charlottesville just once during a presumed four- or five-year career — on April 2, 1966. And ever the diplomat, Kerry conveniently “forgot” that his Bulldogs whipped the Cavaliers, 12-6.


I emailed Vincent Briedis, a colleague in Athletic Media Relations, seeking any Kerry-related stats from the game, if there were any records available. Alas, he could not immediately put his hands on them (they may be in storage elsewhere, he said), but he did turn up an ESPN  article on Kerry’s athletic background, dating from his run for the presidency.

The story says, “It’s hard to find a profile of Kerry that doesn’t mention that he played hockey, lacrosse and soccer at Yale. But the only sport in which he played varsity was soccer. He also played freshman and JV hockey and, in his senior year, JV lacrosse.”

Briedis notes that Virginia did not have a JV team that year, though it did have a freshman team. But there is no record of U.Va.’s freshman team playing Yale’s jayvees.

Perhaps Kerry accompanied the varsity team to Charlottesville. And given Yale’s fairly comfortable margin, perhaps he got in a few minutes of game time. Or perhaps the ESPN story was wrong. All in all, it didn’t seem to hurt his future prospects.

Incidentally, the coach of that 1966 U.Va. team was none other than Gene Corrigan, who went on to some rather impressive things himself — athletic director at Washington & Lee, Virginia and Notre Dame and commissioner of the ACC.

When John Kerry played lacrosse against UVA - CavDaily Story




John Kerry, Lacrosse Foe


It was one of those throwaway lines that speakers use to ingratiate themselves with their audiences, but it caught my attention:

“I will tell you also, I was here a long time ago as an undergraduate,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in Old Cabell Hall. “I played lacrosse down on that field over there against you guys, and my first act of diplomacy is literally to forget who won. I have no idea. I don’t know.”

Well, I looked it up. Kerry graduated from Yale University in 1966, and according to historic records posted on the Virginisports.com site, Yale’s lacrosse team indeed visited Charlottesville just once during a presumed four- or five-year career — on April 2, 1966. And ever the diplomat, Kerry conveniently “forgot” that his Bulldogs whipped the Cavaliers, 12-6.


I emailed Vincent Briedis, a colleague in Athletic Media Relations, seeking any Kerry-related stats from the game, if there were any records available. Alas, he could not immediately put his hands on them (they may be in storage elsewhere, he said), but he did turn up an ESPN  article on Kerry’s athletic background, dating from his run for the presidency.

The story says, “It’s hard to find a profile of Kerry that doesn’t mention that he played hockey, lacrosse and soccer at Yale. But the only sport in which he played varsity was soccer. He also played freshman and JV hockey and, in his senior year, JV lacrosse.”

Briedis notes that Virginia did not have a JV team that year, though it did have a freshman team. But there is no record of U.Va.’s freshman team playing Yale’s jayvees.

Perhaps Kerry accompanied the varsity team to Charlottesville. And given Yale’s fairly comfortable margin, perhaps he got in a few minutes of game time. Or perhaps the ESPN story was wrong. All in all, it didn’t seem to hurt his future prospects.

Incidentally, the coach of that 1966 U.Va. team was none other than Gene Corrigan, who went on to some rather impressive things himself — athletic director at Washington & Lee, Virginia and Notre Dame and commissioner of the ACC.

Monday, February 18, 2013

White Lifts No. 7 Virginia Over Drexel in Overtime Thriller

White Lifts No. 7 Virginia Over Drexel in Overtime Thriller

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOMMatt White
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Matt WhiteVIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 16, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Eleven seconds into the first overtime period, Virginia's Matt White scored his second career overtime goal off a feed from Nick O'Reilly to give the Cavalier men's lacrosse team (1-0) a 13-12 win over Drexel (0-1) on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. White's other overtime goal came against Bucknell in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The win gives UVa its sixth consecutive season-opening win over the Dragons.
"This has always been a very difficult first game for us," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "Drexel always plays us tough, so we expected this coming in. We're still very much a work in progress all over the field, in particular at the offensive end. While I thought we battled, we did turn the ball over a couple of times and we made some mistakes that probably cost us a couple of times. But overall, we're glad to see a little grit and see our fellas battle to get the W."
While White scored the game-winner inside the left post, it was set up by an unsettled situation off the faceoff that opened the overtime period.  Drexel's Deven Thomas beat Mick Parks on the draw, pulling the ball back toward the Dragons' goal.  UVa's Rob Emery beat all players to the ball to set up a transition. Emery found O'Reilly, who quickly found White for the score.
"I thought that Rob Emery made a big boy play off the ground ball on the wing and got the win for us," said Starsia.  "We'll certainly take it."
O'Reilly led all players with eight points, including a career-high six assists. O'Reilly topped his previous best of four assists set in the NCAA title game against Maryland, coincidentally his last game after sitting out the 2012 season. White led all players with four goals.
The game started heavily in Virginia's favor. The Cavaliers scored twice before Drexel even shot the ball.  Twenty-one seconds into the game Emery scored unassisted, followed by an O'Reilly unassisted goal at 12:25. UVa concluded its 3-0 run with another score by O'Reilly at 4:10 in the first quarter.
Drexel streaked on a 5-1 run, entering the intermission with a 5-4 advantage. Five different Dragons scored and Ben McIntosh capped the run with his goal with eight seconds left in the first half.
The scoring in the second half was slow to start. Until Matt Cockerton grabbed a carom off Drexel goalie Will Gabrieslson and deposited at 8:54, no ball ripped nylon in the second half.  Cockerton's goal tied the game at 5-5. Pat Harbeson followed up with a goal about a minute later to give UVa a 6-5 lead, but was flagged after the goal for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty was a full-time served penalty with no ensuing faceoff.  Andrew Vivian quickly tied the game as a result, 6-6, with 7:42 left.
Vivian's goal was part of a 3-1 Drexel run that gave the Dragons an 8-7 lead with 2:00 minutes to play in the third quarter. Virginia responded with a 4-1 run of its own that included goals by Bobby Hill, Parks and White. Owen Van Arsdale added a man-down score of his own, the first UVa man-down score since the 2011 season. White's third goal of the game capped the run with 5:15 left to play, as UVa held a narrow 11-9 lead.
Drexel scored the next two via Aaron Prosser and Frank Fusco, tying the game, 11-11, with 1:23 left to play.
Thomas won the ensuing faceoff, but Scott McWilliams stripped Garrett McIntosh, giving UVa the ball back.  Charlie Streep scored his first career Virginia goal with 49 seconds left, giving UVa the narrow 12-11 lead.
Drexel won the next faceoff and Robert Chruch's shot was blocked out front, Belka beat UVa goalie Dan Marino to the ball in front of the crease, quickly depositing the ball in the goal with eight second remaining, setting up the winner-take-all scenario.
Marino became the sixth first-year to start a season-opening game in goal for Virginia since men's lacrosse became an NCAA Championship sport in 1971. Marino commenced his career with 15 saves, breaking a program record in the Drexel series. Rob Fortunato (2011) and Bob Catzen (1947) previously shared the mark against Drexel with 12. Dating back to 1971 when men's lacrosse became an NCAA Championship sport, Marino's 15 saves are the most by a UVa freshman making his first career start, while also ranking as the third-best outing by any UVa player making first career start in the cage. Court Durling made 16 saves against Navy in 1995 and John Reisky made 17 against Virginia Tech in 1985.
Virginia defeated Drexel in shots (52-43), ground balls (44-37) and had fewer turnovers (14-17). Faceoffs were even (14-14).
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday night when VMI travels to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Drexel                  1-4-3-4-0-11
Virginia                3-1-4-4-1-13
Att-1363

Scoring (G-A) - D: Ben McIntosh 3-1, Aaron Prosser 2-2, Frank Fusco 2-1, Nick Triziano 2-1, Andrew Vivian 2-0, Ryan Belka 1-3, Robert Church 1-0. V:Matt White 4-0, Nick O'Reilly 2-6, Pat Harbeson 1-1, Owen Van Arsdale 1-1, Rob Emery 1-0, Charlie Streep 1-0, Matt Cockerton 1-0, Mick Parks 1-0,Bobby Hill 1-0, Ryan Tucker 0-1.

Goalie Summary - D
: Will Gabrielson 60:11 mins. 15 saves 13 goals allowed. VDan Marino 60:11 mins. 15 saves 12 goals allowed.

Shots: D-43, V-52
Ground Balls: D-37, V-44
Clearing: D-22x25, V-20x21
Faceoffs: D-14, V-14
Penalties: D-3-2:30, V-4-3:00
EMO: D-2x4, V-0x3

White Lifts No. 7 Virginia Over Drexel in Overtime Thriller

White Lifts No. 7 Virginia Over Drexel in Overtime Thriller

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOMMatt White
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Matt WhiteVIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 16, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Eleven seconds into the first overtime period, Virginia's Matt White scored his second career overtime goal off a feed from Nick O'Reilly to give the Cavalier men's lacrosse team (1-0) a 13-12 win over Drexel (0-1) on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. White's other overtime goal came against Bucknell in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The win gives UVa its sixth consecutive season-opening win over the Dragons.
"This has always been a very difficult first game for us," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "Drexel always plays us tough, so we expected this coming in. We're still very much a work in progress all over the field, in particular at the offensive end. While I thought we battled, we did turn the ball over a couple of times and we made some mistakes that probably cost us a couple of times. But overall, we're glad to see a little grit and see our fellas battle to get the W."
While White scored the game-winner inside the left post, it was set up by an unsettled situation off the faceoff that opened the overtime period.  Drexel's Deven Thomas beat Mick Parks on the draw, pulling the ball back toward the Dragons' goal.  UVa's Rob Emery beat all players to the ball to set up a transition. Emery found O'Reilly, who quickly found White for the score.
"I thought that Rob Emery made a big boy play off the ground ball on the wing and got the win for us," said Starsia.  "We'll certainly take it."
O'Reilly led all players with eight points, including a career-high six assists. O'Reilly topped his previous best of four assists set in the NCAA title game against Maryland, coincidentally his last game after sitting out the 2012 season. White led all players with four goals.
The game started heavily in Virginia's favor. The Cavaliers scored twice before Drexel even shot the ball.  Twenty-one seconds into the game Emery scored unassisted, followed by an O'Reilly unassisted goal at 12:25. UVa concluded its 3-0 run with another score by O'Reilly at 4:10 in the first quarter.
Drexel streaked on a 5-1 run, entering the intermission with a 5-4 advantage. Five different Dragons scored and Ben McIntosh capped the run with his goal with eight seconds left in the first half.
The scoring in the second half was slow to start. Until Matt Cockerton grabbed a carom off Drexel goalie Will Gabrieslson and deposited at 8:54, no ball ripped nylon in the second half.  Cockerton's goal tied the game at 5-5. Pat Harbeson followed up with a goal about a minute later to give UVa a 6-5 lead, but was flagged after the goal for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty was a full-time served penalty with no ensuing faceoff.  Andrew Vivian quickly tied the game as a result, 6-6, with 7:42 left.
Vivian's goal was part of a 3-1 Drexel run that gave the Dragons an 8-7 lead with 2:00 minutes to play in the third quarter. Virginia responded with a 4-1 run of its own that included goals by Bobby Hill, Parks and White. Owen Van Arsdale added a man-down score of his own, the first UVa man-down score since the 2011 season. White's third goal of the game capped the run with 5:15 left to play, as UVa held a narrow 11-9 lead.
Drexel scored the next two via Aaron Prosser and Frank Fusco, tying the game, 11-11, with 1:23 left to play.
Thomas won the ensuing faceoff, but Scott McWilliams stripped Garrett McIntosh, giving UVa the ball back.  Charlie Streep scored his first career Virginia goal with 49 seconds left, giving UVa the narrow 12-11 lead.
Drexel won the next faceoff and Robert Chruch's shot was blocked out front, Belka beat UVa goalie Dan Marino to the ball in front of the crease, quickly depositing the ball in the goal with eight second remaining, setting up the winner-take-all scenario.
Marino became the sixth first-year to start a season-opening game in goal for Virginia since men's lacrosse became an NCAA Championship sport in 1971. Marino commenced his career with 15 saves, breaking a program record in the Drexel series. Rob Fortunato (2011) and Bob Catzen (1947) previously shared the mark against Drexel with 12. Dating back to 1971 when men's lacrosse became an NCAA Championship sport, Marino's 15 saves are the most by a UVa freshman making his first career start, while also ranking as the third-best outing by any UVa player making first career start in the cage. Court Durling made 16 saves against Navy in 1995 and John Reisky made 17 against Virginia Tech in 1985.
Virginia defeated Drexel in shots (52-43), ground balls (44-37) and had fewer turnovers (14-17). Faceoffs were even (14-14).
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday night when VMI travels to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Drexel                  1-4-3-4-0-11
Virginia                3-1-4-4-1-13
Att-1363

Scoring (G-A) - D: Ben McIntosh 3-1, Aaron Prosser 2-2, Frank Fusco 2-1, Nick Triziano 2-1, Andrew Vivian 2-0, Ryan Belka 1-3, Robert Church 1-0. V:Matt White 4-0, Nick O'Reilly 2-6, Pat Harbeson 1-1, Owen Van Arsdale 1-1, Rob Emery 1-0, Charlie Streep 1-0, Matt Cockerton 1-0, Mick Parks 1-0,Bobby Hill 1-0, Ryan Tucker 0-1.

Goalie Summary - D
: Will Gabrielson 60:11 mins. 15 saves 13 goals allowed. VDan Marino 60:11 mins. 15 saves 12 goals allowed.

Shots: D-43, V-52
Ground Balls: D-37, V-44
Clearing: D-22x25, V-20x21
Faceoffs: D-14, V-14
Penalties: D-3-2:30, V-4-3:00
EMO: D-2x4, V-0x3

Sunday, February 17, 2013

UVa men's lacrosse team opens season with thrilling OT win


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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:36 pm | Updated: 10:51 pm, Sat Feb 16, 2013.
For the 12th year in a row, the Virginia men’s lacrosse team kicked off its season against Drexel on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,363 bundled-up fans at Klöckner Stadium. This time around, however, the Cavaliers were without the likes of UVa legend Steele Stanwick’s 269 career points, Chris Bocklet’s 137 career goals or Rob Fortunato’s 1,000-plus career minutes played and 200-plus saves in the cage.
With a new cast of characters in a wild, back-and-forth contest, the No. 9 Cavaliers (1-0) almost blew a late lead but held on in adverse conditions and survived a season-opening scare with a 13-12 overtime win against the visiting Dragons, thanks to a game-winning goal by senior attacker Matt White – his fourth of the day – just 11 seconds into the extra session.
“After all the work we’ve put in to get here, the difference between winning and losing a game like this is monumental, and we’ll certainly take it as a first step for this season,” said Division I’s all-time winningest coach, Dom Starsia, who won his 342nd career game.
White’s first goal gave UVa its biggest lead, 4-1, with 11:50 left in the second period, but the Dragons roared back for four unanswered tallies to take a 5-4 lead at the break.
There were seven ties and three lead changes in the second half alone. Trailing 11-9 with under five minutes to play, Drexel (0-1) mounted a late comeback and tied the game at 11-all with 1:23 left in regulation before Bucknell University senior transfer Charlie Streep scored his first career goal as a Wahoo (105th career point) on an assist by sophomore Ryan Tucker to put Virginia ahead 12-11 with just 49 ticks on the clock.
Drexel called for time to set up a play, and the Dragons delivered with 10 seconds left as sophomore Ryan Belka bounced one past UVa touted first-year goalkeeper Dan Marino. The previously jubilant crowd went silent, and the contest headed to OT.
The Cavaliers wasted no time, as sophomore Mick Parks (11 of 21 faceoffs won) fought for the opening faceoff and junior midfielder Rob Emery – who scored the first goal of the season for the Cavaliers 21 seconds into the contest – snagged the all-important loose ball to spark the deciding play.
“All you’re really trying to do is keep your wits about you, make sure you’ve got your personnel in the right spots… what you’re hopeful is that the face-off guy can maybe tie up the ball and give you a chance,” Starsia said of the tense start of the overtime period. “Mick tied the ball up and it turned into a loose-ball scrum, and then the question is, who’s going to make a play? And Rob Emery, I thought, made a big-boy play on the ground ball and we converted.”
Emery secured the ball, found junior attackman Nick O’Reilly, who saw White in an open spot for his career-best sixth assist of the day (to go along with a pair of first-quarter goals), good enough for the game winner.
“Rob Emery made a phenomenal play on that ground ball to start off the fast break…,” said O’Reilly, who missed the entire 2012 season due to a suspension. “I knew I had to hit [White], I knew I wouldn’t hear the end of it if I didn’t, but he made a great play, put the ball in the back of the net and really, Rob started it off.”
White added of O’Reilly’s eight points on the day and game-winning find: “That’s a pretty incredible day – Steele who? We had 10 seconds left in regulation and I said to Nick that if we get a fast break, just throw it to me, I’m going to be running up the wing. And we got a fast break in overtime and he did just that. It was a great play by Rob Emery, real tough play, just a man-size play, picking up that ground ball in all that traffic, and then from there, that’s kind of how we want to play the game, is pick up the ball and then it’s off to the races, one pass, two passes – back of the net.”
Marino, who was Inside Lacrosse’s top goalie and No. 8 overall recruit in the country, made 15 saves in his first collegiate affair, including several impressive stops of Drexel shots from point-blank range.
“It’s really nerve-wracking at first, you come out here in the beginning of the game and it’s a blizzard on the field and you’re kind of wondering what the heck is going on. Are we going to play? Is this going to be postponed?” Marino joked about the early butterflies. “But you’ve just got to clear your head and not think about anything but playing – that’s what I did and it kind of worked out well.”
UVa finished with 52 shots compared to 43 for the Dragons. The Cavaliers picked up seven more ground balls (44-37) and went 0 for 3 on extra-man opportunities; however, St. Anne’s-Belfield alum Owen Van Arsdale did score a short-handed goal to break an 8-8 tie to start the fourth quarter. Nine different Cavaliers scored on Saturday.
Virginia is now 12-1 all-time against the Dragons and 47-32-1 in season openers (27-16-1 at home).
The Cavs will have a quick turnaround in preparation for VMI, as the Keydets make the trip to Klöckner on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Virginia will then travel to Stony Brook for a noon contest on Saturday.

UVa men's lacrosse team opens season with thrilling OT win


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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:36 pm | Updated: 10:51 pm, Sat Feb 16, 2013.
For the 12th year in a row, the Virginia men’s lacrosse team kicked off its season against Drexel on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,363 bundled-up fans at Klöckner Stadium. This time around, however, the Cavaliers were without the likes of UVa legend Steele Stanwick’s 269 career points, Chris Bocklet’s 137 career goals or Rob Fortunato’s 1,000-plus career minutes played and 200-plus saves in the cage.
With a new cast of characters in a wild, back-and-forth contest, the No. 9 Cavaliers (1-0) almost blew a late lead but held on in adverse conditions and survived a season-opening scare with a 13-12 overtime win against the visiting Dragons, thanks to a game-winning goal by senior attacker Matt White – his fourth of the day – just 11 seconds into the extra session.
“After all the work we’ve put in to get here, the difference between winning and losing a game like this is monumental, and we’ll certainly take it as a first step for this season,” said Division I’s all-time winningest coach, Dom Starsia, who won his 342nd career game.
White’s first goal gave UVa its biggest lead, 4-1, with 11:50 left in the second period, but the Dragons roared back for four unanswered tallies to take a 5-4 lead at the break.
There were seven ties and three lead changes in the second half alone. Trailing 11-9 with under five minutes to play, Drexel (0-1) mounted a late comeback and tied the game at 11-all with 1:23 left in regulation before Bucknell University senior transfer Charlie Streep scored his first career goal as a Wahoo (105th career point) on an assist by sophomore Ryan Tucker to put Virginia ahead 12-11 with just 49 ticks on the clock.
Drexel called for time to set up a play, and the Dragons delivered with 10 seconds left as sophomore Ryan Belka bounced one past UVa touted first-year goalkeeper Dan Marino. The previously jubilant crowd went silent, and the contest headed to OT.
The Cavaliers wasted no time, as sophomore Mick Parks (11 of 21 faceoffs won) fought for the opening faceoff and junior midfielder Rob Emery – who scored the first goal of the season for the Cavaliers 21 seconds into the contest – snagged the all-important loose ball to spark the deciding play.
“All you’re really trying to do is keep your wits about you, make sure you’ve got your personnel in the right spots… what you’re hopeful is that the face-off guy can maybe tie up the ball and give you a chance,” Starsia said of the tense start of the overtime period. “Mick tied the ball up and it turned into a loose-ball scrum, and then the question is, who’s going to make a play? And Rob Emery, I thought, made a big-boy play on the ground ball and we converted.”
Emery secured the ball, found junior attackman Nick O’Reilly, who saw White in an open spot for his career-best sixth assist of the day (to go along with a pair of first-quarter goals), good enough for the game winner.
“Rob Emery made a phenomenal play on that ground ball to start off the fast break…,” said O’Reilly, who missed the entire 2012 season due to a suspension. “I knew I had to hit [White], I knew I wouldn’t hear the end of it if I didn’t, but he made a great play, put the ball in the back of the net and really, Rob started it off.”
White added of O’Reilly’s eight points on the day and game-winning find: “That’s a pretty incredible day – Steele who? We had 10 seconds left in regulation and I said to Nick that if we get a fast break, just throw it to me, I’m going to be running up the wing. And we got a fast break in overtime and he did just that. It was a great play by Rob Emery, real tough play, just a man-size play, picking up that ground ball in all that traffic, and then from there, that’s kind of how we want to play the game, is pick up the ball and then it’s off to the races, one pass, two passes – back of the net.”
Marino, who was Inside Lacrosse’s top goalie and No. 8 overall recruit in the country, made 15 saves in his first collegiate affair, including several impressive stops of Drexel shots from point-blank range.
“It’s really nerve-wracking at first, you come out here in the beginning of the game and it’s a blizzard on the field and you’re kind of wondering what the heck is going on. Are we going to play? Is this going to be postponed?” Marino joked about the early butterflies. “But you’ve just got to clear your head and not think about anything but playing – that’s what I did and it kind of worked out well.”
UVa finished with 52 shots compared to 43 for the Dragons. The Cavaliers picked up seven more ground balls (44-37) and went 0 for 3 on extra-man opportunities; however, St. Anne’s-Belfield alum Owen Van Arsdale did score a short-handed goal to break an 8-8 tie to start the fourth quarter. Nine different Cavaliers scored on Saturday.
Virginia is now 12-1 all-time against the Dragons and 47-32-1 in season openers (27-16-1 at home).
The Cavs will have a quick turnaround in preparation for VMI, as the Keydets make the trip to Klöckner on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Virginia will then travel to Stony Brook for a noon contest on Saturday.