Virginia jumps up early on Towson, rolls 14-7

Virginia jumps up early on Towson, rolls 14-7

Virginia jumps up early on Towson, rolls 14-7

Virginia jumps up early on Towson, rolls 14-7

About the only thing that went right for Towson on Sunday was winning the face-off battle. Outside of that, Virginia asserted their dominance and improved to 8-0 on the season. In a game where nearly everyone got into the action, Matt Poskay and Garrett Billings contributed hat-tricks, while Matt Ward had a hat-trick of assists. Ben Rubeor led the way with two goals and three assists. The big story for Towson was senior captain Steve Mull's injury. The injury occurred off-ball, when Mull appeared to be trying to v-cut to get open. He had to be helped off the field without putting any weight on the injured leg. This comes as just more bad news for an already anemic Towson offense.

The game started with a Towson offensive possession, but the way the possession ended was an indication of how the rest of the afternoon would go for the Tigers. They worked the ball around and tried to attack from the GLE. On the drive the attackman forced it and a bad shot leading into a slow-transition situation the other way for Virginia. Matt Ward hit Kyle Dixon and the scoring began. Danny Glading and Ben Rubeour would add one, while Matt Poskay added two before the first quarter was over.

Towson wouldn’t make a dent until nearly twenty minutes into game on a Phil Grillo goal. Unfortunately, at that point it was already 7-1. “We talked about getting off to a good start, you come on the road in a game like this. And you just want to start well. I thought we maybe had a chance to get to their goalies early. Scoring is as much discipline as anything else. I thought we did a good job shooting the ball early on. We did a good job generating offensive opportunities, quality offensive opportunities and making the most of them when they happened. Once the ball started going in for us, it just seemed like it snowballed a little bit for them. The same for us, the rock started rolling downhill,” said Virginia Coach Dom Starsia. The snowball continued to roll. Added four more unanswered goals to end the half with a commanding 11-1 lead.

The lead would stretch to 13-1 before Virginia called off the dogs. Towson fought hard at the end to make the score somewhat respectable and against the Virginia subs brought the final to 14-7. When asked how they can respond from the game, Towson Head Coach Tony Seaman had this to say: “Don’t play Virginia. That’s real easy,” quipped Seaman. “ They’re better than anybody in the country. I told everybody that for three weeks. I believe that from the bottom of my heart. They should have scored 16-17 goals last week against Princeton and they only scored 7 because the goalie from Princeton was phenomenal. Our goalies are both looking for their first saves. That’s the kind of day it was,” he added.

“ They shot the ball great. They’re better athletes than we have on the field, and when they play well you’re gonna get beat. For us and for any team in the country this year to play them, first off you have to compete with the same kind of athletes. Obviously they got the groundballs and stuff they beat us to. It’s not because our kids didn’t want to, they tried their best. They came out and they just played as well as they could for a half, and we played as poorly as we could. We gave them second chances, third chances. Everything went wrong that could possibly go wrong in a lacrosse game. I complimented that on our team at halftime, there’s not much more you can do wrong, we’ve done it all, so let’s go out and play well. We didn’t give up, we weren’t cheap. We hung in there. It was nice of them to play some of their other kids, we can play against their other kids. We proved that.”

For Virginia, the game really demonstrated their offensive power. Starsia reflected on it some after the game. “I’ll hear the way unselfish used to describe our team and it kind of causes me to step back a little bit. I appreciate hearing those things. Like I say what we’ve been preaching is keeping everybody involved. We’ve got a lot of different weapons and if you can just get away from being concerned about yourself then we have a chance to be pretty good. With those first 6 offensive guys in there and the Billings kid coming off the bench, I felt like over the season we should be a dangerous offensive lacrosse team,” said Starsia.

”Some of those young kids, that little Giannone that #5, are gonna drive me to drink, but he’s a talented kid and we need him to continue to understand the game so we can get more quality stuff from him when he’s on the field,” added Starsia. “They have different skills. When you look at the first midfield, we thought about breaking em up. Two years ago, in the championship season, we broke up that Glading, Shannon, Rotelli group. But this one here, Drew Thompson gets more hockey assists, he tends to trigger the offense. He’s usually about 2 or 3 passes away fromt whatever happens. Poskay needs Dixon and Thompson out there. He benefits off their work... Glading has replaced Christmas. We probably can’t attack you at that position as well as we could with John there, but Danny is a ball mover. He’s a basketball point guard.”

As for any surprise upsets happening anytime soon, don’t count on it from Virginia. The coaching staff is stressing the importance of every game. “Coming off Syracuse and coming off Princeton, and we talked about it this morning at breakfast. I said to the team, we just gotta be smart enough, you look at the scores of what’s going on around, you gotta be smart enough to know that if we take anything granted, something’s going to come back and bite you. I give our guys credit for getting right to it today, and I have a good group. I got a group that pays attention, I got a group that cares. I got a group that I don’t have to hit on the head in order to get them to do things the right way,” said Starsia. “Coach Van said it in the huddle afterwards and he was right. We won this game on Wednesday and Thursday. We were really good in practice. We had a lot of energy at practice. I felt good coming into this game. You’re always a little concerned coming into a big game on the road like this, but I felt like we were gonna play well today. Maybe not 11-1.”

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