Starsia Weighs Options on Attack
May 25, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE — This much is certain: UVa’s starting attackmen Saturday night will include sophomores Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick, the team’s leading scorers with 63 and 56 points, respectively.
The third starter on attack will be a freshman, but men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia, on a teleconference this morning, said he hasn’t settled on his choice.
Matt White has started 12 of the Cavaliers’ 17 games, but Starsia went with Connor English against No. 8 seed Stony Brook in the NCAA quarterfinals Sunday.
English, in his fifth start, scored a goal to help the top-seeded Wahoos edge the Seawolves 10-9 on Long Island, N.Y.
“It’s been a little fluid throughout the season …. Probably toward the second half of the season, Matt White might have had a few more minutes, percentage-wise,” Starsia said on an NCAA final four teleconference.
“We thought that with Stony Brook being particularly aggressive at the defensive end of the field, that we might be able to put some pressure on them [with English]. Connor may be our best dodger off the attack position.”
For the season, the right-handed White has 32 points, on 19 goals and 13 assists. English, a left-hander, has 10 goals and an assist.
In the second NCAA semifinal, Virginia (16-1) meets fifth-seeded Duke (14-4) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
In UVa’s 16-12 win over Duke in the ACC tournament semifinals April 23, White had two goals and an assist. English did not play in that game.
“I don’t think we’ve made a firm decision about Saturday yet,” Starsia said. “We’ll sort of see how it plays out, but I’m very confident in saying that both of those guys will get out there. I just don’t know which one will be out there for the opening faceoff yet.”