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
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.
Virginia vs. Drexel
|Aj Shannon||(5, 1)|
|Chris Rotelli||(4, 2)|
|Joe Yevoli||(3, 0)|
|John Christmas||(1, 1)|
|Nathan Kenney||(2, 0)|
|Billy Glading||(2, 0)|
|Foster Gilbert||(1, 1)|
|Trey Whitty||(0, 1)|
|Matt Ward||(0, 1)|
|Ned Bowen||(0, 1)|
|Kyle Dixon||(1, 0)|