Virginia vs. Drexel
February 20, 2005
The Game Story:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-The Virginia men's lacrosse team outscored Drexel
8-0 in the second quarter to seize control and gain a 16-7 win over
the Dragons in the season opener for both teams this afternoon at the
UHall Turf Field.

Junior attackman Matt Ward led the way for Virginia with five goals,
while junior midfielder Matt Poskay added a career-high four goals.
Junior midfielder Kyle Dixon and freshman attackman Ben Rubeor each
scored once and tallied three assists. Overall seven different
Cavaliers scored goals in a balanced offensive effort.

Drew Thompson put UVa on top early, but Drexel midfielder Greg
Dougherty tied it a short time later as the teams traded goals in the
opening 15 minutes. Drexel's Mike Filippone answered a Poskay goal to
knot the score at two with 7:12 remaining in the opening quarter, but
the goal was his team's last for more than 26 minutes. The Cavaliers
were flagged for three penalties in the first quarter, but Drexel was
unable to take advantage.

Ward opened the second quarter with the first of his two goals in the
period in an extra-man situation to start UVa's 8-goal run that
eventually grew to a 10-2 halftime bulge. Rubeor followed with his
first collegiate goal in a man-down situation, while Dixon made
Drexel pay with UVa's second EMO goal of the quarter. Junior
midfielder Jared Little scored twice during the run, while Poskay and
defenseman Steve Holmes also scored once. Virginia peppered sophomore
goalie Bryan Maggio, making his first career start between the pipes,
with 18 shots in the period.

Ward scored his third of the afternoon early in the third quarter to
stretch the run to nine consecutive goals, but Drexel ended a long
scoring drought with back-to-back goals by Chris O'Connor and Pat
Simpson. The teams traded goals for the next 16-and-a-half minutes as
UVa's lead alternated between seven and eight goals, but the visitors
from Philadelphia could get no closer. Ward scored twice in the
fourth quarter and Thompson got his second to close UVa's scoring as
the lead reached double digits at 16-6. Sean Moloney scored Drexel's
final goal with 2:43 left.

Sophomore Kip Turner, also making his first career start in the cage
for the Cavaliers, recorded three saves while playing the opening
half. Redshirt freshman Bud Petit took over after halftime and
finished with three saves.

Senior midfielder Pat Simpson was Drexel's leading scorer, tying his
career-high with two goals. Filippone won 13 of 24 faceoffs, scored a
goal and added an assist. Maggio finished with a career-high 13
saves.

The Cavaliers return to action next Saturday (Feb. 26) against
Manhattan at 1 pm.