Drexel vs. Virginia
February 18, 2006
The Game Story:
Philadelphia- Virginia scored eight-straight goals in the third quarter to break open what was a tie game and defeated Drexel, 15-7. It was the season opener for both teams and was the first lacrosse game played at the newly-renovated Vidas Field on Drexel's campus.

After a back and forth first half which saw Virginia take a 5-4 lead at the break, Drexel tied the game in the opening minutes of the second half. Greg Dougherty tallied on a feed from Adam Dennis on a man-up situation that carried over from the first half. Virginia answered with a man-up goal from Matt Ward at the 11:48 mark. The Dragons were called for a pair of penalties, including an unreleasable penalty, which gave the Cavaliers a two-man advantage. That started an 8-0 run by Virginia that would extend throughout the third period. Ben Rubeor and Matt Poskay each had two of their three goals during the run.

Virginia's Matt Pomper opened the game's scoring at 11:18 of the first period. The Cavalier lead was short lived, however, as Drexel's Jeff Pfeffer tallied twice in a two-minute span to give Drexel a 2-1 advantage. Virginia closed out the first period with a pair of goals, both assisted by Matt Ward, to regain the lead. Drexel tied the score with a man-up goal from freshman Adam Dennis at 9:33 of the second period. Virginia answered with a goal just a little more than two minutes later when Garrett Billings scored his second goal of the game. Drexel's Chris O'Connor knotted the game at four with a tally less than a minute and a half later. Ben Rubeor scored the first of his three goals with just 2:29 remaining in the half to secure a 5-4 lead for Virginia as both teams headed for the locker rooms.

Rubeor and Ward each finished with five points. Ward handed out four assists in the game, while Danny Glading had two goals and two assists. Jeff Pfeffer and Greg Dougherty each found the net twice for Drexel.

Bruce Bickford made a career-high 22 saves in goal and kept the Dragons in the game in the first half. He had 13 saves in the first half as the Cavaliers had 30 shots at intermission. For the game, Virginia outshot the Dragons, 61-24. Virginia's Kip Turner had seven saves before being replaced with just under seven minutes to play by Bud Petit. Petit finished with five saves.

The Dragons are back in action next Saturday at Lafayette, while Virginia will host Denver on Monday afternoon.