UVA Opens 11-8 Over Drexel, Starsia's 200th

UVA Opens 11-8 Over Drexel, Starsia's 200th

UVA Opens 11-8 Over Drexel,  Starsia's 200th

UVA Opens 11-8 Over Drexel, Starsia's 200th

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Virginia men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia won his 200th game at Virginia behind three goals by Steele Stanwick as the No. 3 Cavaliers (1-0) topped the Drexel Dragons (0-1) by a score of 11-8 at Vidas Field on Saturday.

The victory etches Starsia's name in the history books as the second coach in the history of the sport to win 200-plus games at one school, while also reaching the 100-win plateau at another school. Starsia becomes the first coach to reach the feat at two Division I schools.

Georgetown's Dave Urick accomplished the feat first, as the Hoyas' final win of the 2009 season elevated him into the 200/100 club. Urick's first 122 victories came at Hobart College when he led the school to 10 NCAA Division III titles.

Overall, Starsia's 301 career wins breaks a tie he shared with former Massachusetts head coach Dick Garber for second most all-time by a coach at a Division I school.

"With all modesty, as I get older I find myself more impressed with the numbers in my life," said Starsia. "I become more impressed whether it's years married, games coached or games won because it means I have been doing what I do for awhile and I respect that and I respect the people all around me that have helped me get to where I am today."

However, Drexel started quickly on the historic day when Colin Ambler put the Dragons on the scoreboard first with his goal at 14:15 in the opening quarter. Virginia eventually knotted the game, 1-1, at the 6:28 mark in the first quarter with Connor English's (Manhasset, N.Y.) first collegiate goal courtesy of a Colin Briggs (Narragansett, R.I.) assist.

Drexel then scored three straight goals to close out the first quarter, storming out to a 4-1 advantage. Scott Perri scored on an Ambler pass at 5:33, and within nine seconds, Zak Fisher took a break and scored unassisted at 5:24. Dennis Adam scored a man-up goal to cap the scoring streak at 1:06 in the first quarter.

Chris Bocklet's (South Salem, N.Y.) unassisted goal at the 9:12 mark in the second quarter started a streak for the Cavaliers, which included five straight scores. Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) took a Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) helper at 7:18 in the second half to cut the Drexel advantage to one goal, 4-3.

Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) tied the game with his unassisted goal at 6:20 in the second quarter, while Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied his first collegiate score courtesy a Bocklet assist to give the Cavaliers its first lead of the game, 5-4, at the second quarter's 5:35 mark.

Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal on a Cavalier break at 3:28 to finish the scoring streak and give UVa the 6-4 advantage. The Dragons added one more mark, via a Kevin Stockel score with 2:39 left in the first half, sending the Cavaliers into the break with a narrow one-goal lead, 6-5.

Emulating their fast start to the game, the Dragons scored the first two goals in the third period, Ambler's second of the game, followed by Perri's second on an assist by Aaron Prosser. The scores gave the lead back to Drexel, 7-6.

Stanwick took the fourth quarter into his hands, scoring back-to-back goals at 14:22 and 12:03 to give UVa an 8-7 advantage, and the Cavaliers would not trail again. Perri scored his third goal with 5:40 left to tie the game at 8 apiece, but Stanwick would secure his third goal at 3:37 to give UVa the lead for good.

Rhamel Bratton added insurance with his second goal at 2:09 on a Bocklet helper. Bocklet tallied his second goal to finish the UVa scoring with 34 seconds left, securing the victory for the Cavaliers.

"I knew we would have our hands full coming on the road to play a good Drexel team and that is the way the game played out," said Starsia. "I thought we were tentative early on both the offensive and defensive end. Eventually we got to it a little bit - the faceoff guys picked it up in the second half. Steele [Stanwick] came alive in the second half and I thought the defense settle down and did a nice job. We got some stops when we needed them."

Stanwick led UVa with three goals and two assists for five points. Bocklet added four points on two scores and two assists, while Matt Lovejoy (Orford, N.H.) had a team-high seven groundballs. Ken Clausen (Downingtown, Pa.) returned home and chipped in five ground balls and a game-high five caused turnovers. Adam Ghitelman (Syosset, N.Y.) added eight saves in the cage.

Perri led the Dragons' attack with three goals, followed by Ambler's two scores and assist, as both players led Drexel with three points. Dana Wilber added a game-high 10 ground balls. Mark Manos had a game-high 17 saves in goal.

Virginia returns on short rest on Tuesday when the Cavaliers travel to take on Mount St. Mary's. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. in Emmitsburg, Md.

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Send Trogdor over
    by (#142666) on 2/21/10 @10:41AM
Good game by the Dragons yesterday. Never thought I'd see UVA wearing Cascades (always loathed the Gait beekeeper cages).
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Fashion Police sez.......
    by (#78222) on 2/21/10 @11:17AM
Great pics....UVA looks like a lacrosse team again!
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    by (#234504) on 2/21/10 @11:32AM
First time since 2004 season..UVA's helmets look sick! Hell yeah..
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Gait helmets
    by (#169967) on 2/21/10 @11:52AM
i am very surprised to see uva wearing cascades. ive been to every home game since 2004 and they have always been loyal to gait. it might be beacause of that when they swithched to the all new gait flow, being the first people to ever wear it, they got trounched by cornell
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    by (#204058) on 2/21/10 @1:02PM
the new gait flow didnt pass some saftey requierments so they are making changes and all gait teams are supplied with pro 7's.
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So there you go...
    by (#234733) on 2/21/10 @1:53PM
its good to hear that there are business in 21st century that still believe in maintaining business ethics, and put safety of their product first.

They're looked good, but now they look almost like Syracuse some Navy pipping...
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    by (#217369) on 2/21/10 @4:58PM
finally. finally the dynasty teams are not doing so good. duke lose to notre dame and now virgina beats drexel by 3....finally these "unknown" teams (Drexal)and the questionable teams (notre dame) are beatting/competeing with these dominant forces in college lacrosse and i think it is good for the sports growth
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    by (#190187) on 2/21/10 @7:52PM
those games both are just luck,duke and virginia are gonna KILL this year like always or make it to the final four, lets keep it that way
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    by (#217369) on 2/21/10 @8:50PM
if the same teams go to the finals every year that limits the growth of the game. sure virgina and duke will still do good and im not saying they will not go to the final four or even the national championship, but im saying that as other teams start to challenge the top programs that allows the game to spread and grow because the top recruits wont go to the usual schools but will go to different programs and make the games more competetive
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    by (#186962) on 2/21/10 @11:19PM
look at some of the past scores of the drexel uva game, drexel has been competitive recently and this is always a very tune-up-type game for uva, this isnt the surge of drexel or the fall of uva, this is a very regular score of this match up, nothing else
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    by (#187708) on 2/21/10 @8:10PM
Warrior just made a new helmet and its pretty sweet.... but its kinda funny because it is IDENTICAL to the pro7 except with a warrior symbol on it. Princeton was wearing them in their scrimmage vs towson.
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    by (#221010) on 2/21/10 @10:36PM
Steele Stanwick's a beast, but his pocket looks completely illegal in some of these. it could just be the fact that he uses trad, but i use costoms and they never look this baggy.
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It's just the pic timing
    by (#234777) on 2/22/10 @5:12PM
Those shots are when he's cradling. They cradle so hard that it streches the mesh, or leather, in this case. Then the string job goes back to what it was when they stop, thats why they don't get called for it.
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warrior heads
    by (#112772) on 2/22/10 @7:39AM
is it just me or are a bunch of them using warrior evo pro x6's? Look at Steele Stanwick and Matt White. Anyone know if they are ending their contract with Gait?
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    by (#196296) on 2/22/10 @8:14AM
you can use any head that you want as long as it is legal, you just have to pay for it yourself if you don't want to use the ones the team is sponsered by, in college I used an stx head and we were sponsered by warrior, had to get it myself though
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Different Ball
    by (#236403) on 2/22/10 @5:33PM
Why are they using an orange lacrosse ball?
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    by (#106134) on 2/22/10 @8:25PM
so they don't lose it in the snow.
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    by (#232966) on 2/22/10 @9:51PM
The Drexel players were either wearing the Warrior helmets or a pro7, which I dont get but whatever. Well the Virginia pro7s were maybe the freshest I have ever seen
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    by (#234733) on 2/23/10 @5:04AM
Congrats to Coach Starsia's 200th at UVA
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    by (#209139) on 2/24/10 @5:14PM
Is it just me or does stanwick look bigger this year
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    by (#228272) on 2/24/10 @7:36PM
What the hell is with Ghitelman 50% against Drexel that is horrible for his standards
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    by (#190187) on 2/26/10 @5:09PM
mark manos is a beast with 18 saves
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