UVA Dumps Drexel 19-8

UVA Dumps Drexel 19-8

UVA Dumps Drexel 19-8

UVA Dumps Drexel 19-8

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-The Virginia men's lacrosse team opened the 2003 season with a 19-8 win over Drexel this afternoon at a rain-soaked University Hall Turf Field. The Cavaliers came out of the gates slow, building an 8-4 lead at halftime, but then exploded for eight fourth quarter goals to put the game away.

"I think our team played mediocre the first half, and we didn't have intensity," said senior midfielder A.J. Shannon. "We didn't find out legs until the fourth quarter, and you could tell Drexel was getting tired out there."

Shannon, who tallied a career-high five goals and added an assist, opened the scoring in the game's first minute. He scored twice in the second period as the team's traded goals for much of the period until Billy Glading and Chris Rotelli both found the back of the net to give the Cavaliers some breathing room going into halftime. Rotelli tied his career high with four goals, while chipping in with two assists.

"We were very slow getting going, and I was not pleased with the energy we brought out in the first half," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I was pleased that we picked up the pace after halftime, but it took Drexel fouling us a couple times to wake us up, and I was pleased that we took control of the game midway through the third quarter."

Virginia put three in the back of the Dragons' net during the third quarter, with Rotelli, Shannon, and Glading each contributing, to extend the lead to 11-6. The Cavaliers dominated the fourth quarter, out-scoring Drexel 8-2, including six unanswered goals to seal the win. Nathan Kenney scored both of his goals during the period, while Rotelli added two.

Sophomore Jack deVilliers was strong on faceoffs winning 16 of 23 as the Cavaliers took 20 and lost just 10 overall.

Drexel goalie Will Melton was tremendous in the cage, recording 22 saves, while facing 63 shots by Virginia. Sophomore attackman Sean Moloney paced the Drexel offense with three goals, while linemate Brendan Morgan scored once and assisted on two goals.

Virginia returns to action next Saturday (March 1) with a trip North to face Syracuse at 3 pm at the Carrier Dome.

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    by (#44483) on 2/22/03 @11:19PM
UVA is goin all the way thsi year and is goin to beat the shit out of Cuse next week miek powell is goin to get his ass kicked as well as liam banks and springer............i hate syracuse and they suck balls.................UVA baby......
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Hell ya bro
    by (#25767) on 2/23/03 @11:31AM
I agree totally nuff said...
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    by (#43108) on 2/24/03 @2:22PM
ok ok, virginia is good, but syracuse is the shit. No body on virginia can contian mike powell, as we saw last year in the semi's, and banks and springer are gonna light up johnson like no other. Not to forget that Sol Bliss is gonna once again make christmas his little bitch. i'd go as far to say virginia is probably the number 2 team in the nation, they're really good. But syracuse is syracuse. And the orangemen will bring that national championship home for the second year in a row. GO CUSE'
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    by (#42460) on 2/24/03 @5:12PM
I agree with the fact that no body can completley shut down Mike Powell. Powell will always have his 4 to 6 points every game. But I think UVA's Brett Hughes has done quite well covering Powell. In last year's final four game, I don't think that Powell smoked Hughes; I think the majority of his points came in unsettled situations and against other defensmen.
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sullivan = heart of uva
    by (#24189) on 2/27/03 @9:39PM
the wahoos are nothing without the fury that is calivin sullivan.
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    by (#7572) on 2/23/03 @6:38PM
Did culver play??? How'd he do?
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