Starsia's Squad Faces Vermont Tuesday
Coming off two hard fought wins to begin the season, the men’s lacrosse team has very little turnaround time before hosting Vermont Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm at Klckner Stadium.
Danny Glading scored a career-high five goals and assisted on three more to help lead the Cavaliers to a 15-13 victory over Stony Brook barely 48 hours ago. Now the Cavaliers are forced to quickly turn their attention to Vermont. The Catamounts fell to Duke by a 19-7 margin on Saturday in their season opener.
“We are in a period of the schedule where these games will be coming fast and furious,” said head coach Dom Starsia. “We can be proud of two solid wins to open the season but turning around quickly and being ready to play is the order of the day.
According to Starsia, there are several challenges in playing two games in quick succession. “The first challenge is the physical one, just being ready to play and taking care of yourself and play the game on Saturday, taking care of yourself so you’re ready to turn around and play again on Tuesday,” he said.
The second is to be emotionally ready to play. “I think midweek games are, frankly, a treat for the players. And so the onus is on all of us to be emotionally ready to turn around and play again and I think for the players it’s the joy of playing,” said Starsia. “We are not going to have a lot of information (about Vermont), but you want to come out with some enthusiasm and hope that sort of carries you through.
“Rather than have to hear me barking at them for two practices, we get to come back again against Vermont. It is another situation where we want to play well and get a little bit better as we head into next weekend.”
The Catamounts are coached by former UVa All-American defenseman Ryan Curtis. Curtis’ squad posted a 4-10 record last year, his first at the helm.
Starsia has coached against his former players several times in the past, and he sees no reason to get nostalgic until after the game. “I’m looking forward seeing him, I’m looking forward to beating his team and I’m looking forward to greeting him after the game,” he said.