|CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-The Virginia men's lacrosse team used two
four-goal runs in the second half to gain a 14-8 win over Notre Dame
this afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. With the win the Cavaliers move
to 4-0 this season, their best start since they won six straight to
open the 1996 season. The loss dropped the ninth-ranked Fighting
Irish to 3-1.|
Sophomore John Christmas tied his career high with four goals and
added two assists to lead the Cavalier offense. Senior Chris Rotelli
and freshman Matt Ward each scored three times and assisted on
another score. Overall Virginia's starting attack scored eight goals
and chipped in with six assists.
Both offenses came ready to play, scoring twice in the opening six
minutes. Rotelli scored UVa's first two goals, but Dan Berger and
Matt Howell answered each time for the visiting Irish. The Cavaliers
controlled the ball for much of the first and fired off 19 shots, but
goalie Stewart Crosland was tremendous with nine of his 21 saves in
the period. Christmas and Joe Yevoli each found the back of the net
after the initial offensive flurry to give the Cavaliers a 4-2 lead
at the end of the period.
Each team scored once in the second quarter in a period that wasn't
nearly as explosive as the first as Virginia built a 5-3 halftime
The Cavaliers blew the game open early in the second half as
Christmas and Ward both scored twice in first three-and-a-half
minutes to propel them to a 9-3 lead. The Fighting Irish responded
with a run of their own, however. They capitalized on three Virginia
penalties with extra-man goals by Howell, Patrick Walsh, and Berger
to trim the margin to three (9-6) at period's end.
Just as they did to start the third quarter, the Cavaliers erupted
for four consecutive goals to begin the fourth period. Billy
Glading's only goal of the game at 12:08 helped shift the momentum to
Virginia's side and end Notre Dame's third quarter run. Rotelli
tallied his third of the game at 9:24, while Zach Heffner scored the
first goal of his career 14 seconds later. Ward converted on a fast
break pass from Christmas to extend UVa's lead to 13-6 midway through
the quarter. Notre Dame's Matt Karweck and Travis Wells sandwiched
another goal by Christmas to close the scoring.
Virginia returns to action against Towson this Sunday (March 16) at
Klöckner Stadium at 3:30 pm.