Virginia Downs Cornell to Advance to NCAA Championship Semifinals

Virginia Downs Cornell to Advance to NCAA Championship Semifinals

Virginia Downs Cornell to Advance to NCAA Championship Semifinals

Virginia Downs Cornell to Advance to NCAA Championship Semifinals

Hempstead, NY - Hempstead, N.Y. - Junior attackman Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) had three goals and four assists, including a goal and four assists during a 7-0 second quarter, as seventh-seeded Virginia upset second-seeded Cornell 13-9 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.

With the win, Virginia improves to 11-5 and advances to the NCAA Final Four on May 28-30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland against the winner of Saturday's second quarterfinal between Johns Hopkins and Denver. Cornell ends its season at 14-3 with the loss, while seeing its 11-game winning streak snapped.

Cornell led 4-1 early and still held a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter before Stanwick helped the Cavailers take over the game in the second stanza and earn a 10-4 lead at halftime. He began the second quarter by feeding sophomore attackman Nick O'Reilly (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) for a pretty behind-the-back goal with 10:40 left in the first half to knot the score up at 4-4.

After sophomore attackman Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) put the Cavaliers ahead for the first time at 5-4 with an unassisted tally, Stanwick fed O'Reilly again at the 7:28 mark, then scored himself with an unassisted goal with an even five minutes left to push the lead to 7-4. Stanwick then drew the Cornell defense behind the cage, and floated a cross-field pass to freshman midfielder Rob Emery (San Francisco, Calif.) for a goal at the 3:52 mark to push the lead to 8-4.

Another Stanwick assist in close range found junior attackman Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) at the 2:23 mark for his 40th goal of the season, and Bocklet finished off a stretch of nine unanswered Virginia goals when he scored off an O'Reilly feed with 16.5 seconds left to make the score 10-4 heading into the break.

Cornell looked to get momentum back at the start of the second half, as junior midfielder Roy Lang (Mill Valley, Calif) scored from in front of the cage 3:35 into the third quarter to end Virginia''s 9-0 run. Lang had another chance moments later, as he was all alone in front off a feed from junior attackman Rob Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.), but Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman (Cold Spring, N.Y.) came up with the big save, and Stanwick scored on the ensuing possession to give Virginia an 11-5 lead.

The Big Red crept back within 11-7 at the end of the third on goals from sophomore attackman Steve Mock (Huntington, N.Y.) and Pannell, but White scored his second of the day 50 seconds into the fourth quarter to make the score 12-7 and help push aside any Cornell comeback hopes. Pannell scored his third of the game with 5:47 left, and Mock scored his fourth with 1:02 remaining to pull the Big Red within 12-9, before Stanwick closed out the scoring with his third tally of the day with 48.5 seconds left.

Cornell used a 3-0 run to take a 4-1 lead in the first quarter. Mock scored two of the goals in that stretch, breaking the 1-1 tie at the 11:10 mark when he got to a loose ball in front of the cage and scored from close range. Junior midfielder Chris Langton (Melrose, Mass.) followed with a goal at 8:07 mark, and Mock then scored off a feed from Jack Dudley (Baltimore, Md.) with 3:57 left to give the Big Red a 4-1 lead.

Virginia, though, responded with two goals in the closing minutes of the first quarter to get back into the game, as sophomore midfielder Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) with 2:41 left and junior midfielder Colin Briggs (Narragansett, R.I.) both tucked high shots in under the crossbar to make the score 4-3 at the end of the first stanza, setting up the decisive second quarter.

Cornell finished with a 40-30 advantage in shots, including 24-9 in the second half, but Ghitelman came up with 13 saves in the cage for the Cavaliers to keep the Big Red at bay. Bocklet had three goals, and White and O'Reilly each had two goals and one assist for Virginia to support Stanwick. Mock had a game-high four goals and Pannell added three for the Big Red.

With the victory Virginia coach Dom Starsia broke Jack Emmer's Division I record for most coaching wins, now with 327.

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moving up the ladder
    by (#142666) on 5/23/11 @9:23PM
"With the victory Virginia coach Dom Starsia broke Jack Emmer's Division I record for most coaching wins, now with 327. "

...now trails only Berkman, Janczyk, and Urick in all-time wins.
 
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