LEXINGTON – Thirteen different Cavaliers scored a point as the No. 8 Virginia men's lacrosse team rolled to a 17-3 victory over VMI on Tuesday night.
Virginia (7-2) was efficient on offense all night, scoring 17 straight goals. The Cavaliers were eying their first shutout since 2007, but allowed VMI (0-10) to tally three scores in the game’s final 2:57. Virginia played 33 different players.
“I thought it was a good effort overall,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “It is gratifying to be able to get everyone in the game. We have a lot of guys who work very hard every day. The last four games we have won by a total of five goals and we have not been able to substitute a great deal. For these guys who have been working at this since January, it’s nice that they are able to get a little time out there with the game uniform on. I thought we were clean with our fundamentals, I thought we handled the ball and shot it pretty well.”
UVa’s Mike D’Amario scored his first collegiate goal at 2:41 in the second quarter on a nifty behind-the-back shot courtesy of an Owen Van Arsdale helper. D’Amario finished with three goals for his first career hat trick. Jacob Dean scored his first career goal, while Tyler Breen and Matt Emery notched their first career assists. Will Railey saved his first career shot in the third quarter.
Greg Coholan, Joe French and Van Arsdale also tallied hat tricks in the win. Coholan and Van Arsdale led the way with four points.
Virginia won the battle of shots (38-31), ground balls (40-29), faceoffs (14-10) and saves (13-8).
Virginia returns to action on Saturday when the Richmond Spiders come to Klöckner Stadium at 1 p.m.
“It’s was a good day for us and now we have to turn around and get ready for a good Richmond team,” Starsia said.