The No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (11-3) cruised to a non-conference win on "Senior Day" over the Marist Red Foxes (7-6) Saturday afternoon, 22-6, at Klöckner Stadium.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (11-3) cruised to a non-conference win on “Senior Day” over the Marist Red Foxes (7-6) Saturday afternoon, 22-6, at Klöckner Stadium.
Thirteen Cavaliers scored at least one point in the game and 10 of UVA’s 11 seniors honored before the contest were in position on the field for the opening faceoff, while Ryan Lamb (the 11th) trotted on the field after the opening whistle as part of the starting midfield unit.
After scoring 24 goals on Tuesday against VMI, UVA scored 20+ goals in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2006 season when the Cavaliers did it twice.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Marist won the opening faceoff and took an early 1-0 lead when Jake Weinman scored on an assist from James Lyons 29 seconds into the game. Virginia responded with a 6-1 run to take a solid four-goal lead, 6-2. Matt Moore found Mikey Herring with 5:20 left in the opening quarter to cap the run.
After Marist scored at 3:03 in the first quarter to make it 6-3 on a Chris Schlappich goal, UVA finished its first-half scoring on an 8-1 streak, taking a commanding 14-4 lead with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. The Cavaliers received two goals apiece from Moore and Dox Aitken during the run. Marist interrupted the Virginia spurt with a goal as time expired in the second quarter, sending the game into the intermission with UVA leading 14-5.
Virginia opened the second half on an 8-0 run, punching an explanation point on the last regular season home game of the 2019 season. UVA’s riding defense forced 10 failed Marist clears, matching 10 saves by the Red Foxes’ goalies.
— Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (@UVAMensLax) April 20, 2019
UVA STAT LEADERS
• M Dox Aitken
4 goals, 2 assists
• A Matt Moore
3 goals, 2 assists
• M Jack Peele
4 goals, one assist
• M Ryan Conrad
1 goal, 3 assists
• A Ian Laviano
2 goals, 2 assists
• After scoring 24 goals against VMI on Tuesday, and 22 against Marist, Virginia scored 20+ goals in back-to-back games for the first time since 2006. This was achieved by the Cavaliers twice in 2006, scoring 20+ against VMI and Syracuse and later in the year against UNC and Bellarmine.
• UVA and Marist met for the first time in men’s lacrosse and now UVA leads the all-time series 1-0.
• With six points, Dox Aitken has tied Brian Carroll (2007-10) for No. 2 all-time at UVA among career points by a midfielder with 128.
• UVA’s Petey LaSalla was 9-of-14 on faceoffs against Marist’s Peyton Smith, who entered the weekend No. 5 in the nation in faceoff winning percentage.
• Twelve fourth and fifth years will be honored prior to the game on Saturday. The list includes: M Ryan Conrad, D Theo Dol, M Matt Dziama, student assistant coach Cooper Fersen, D Logan Greco, M Cory Harris, A Mikey Herring, GK William Hudson, M Ryan Lamb, A Lawson Pisani, M Dave Smith and D Griffin Spolansky.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“This was a fantastic way to have Senior Day. We have many fourth and fifth years and I thought they set the tone early. It was really great to see other guys step in and make plays. Lawson Pisani scoring a goal early, the guys who really make up the composure of the team, you know, day in day out giving the best they can in practice. I was really excited with how they set the tone. Then we brought our regulars back in, we shot the ball really well today. We have a lot of respect for the Marist goalie [Jake Macgregor], and so we placed [on cage] the ball really well today, and that’s not an easy thing to do, shoot a scouting report. It sounds a lot easier than it is. I was also very impressed with our faceoff play. Their faceoff man is one of the best in the nation, so it was a battle in there. It was not only our faceoff men, but our faceoff wing play that impressed me.” – Lars Tiffany
Virginia enters the ACC Tournament on April 27 as the No. 1 seed. The game will be played in Chapel Hill, N.C., against the winner of the first round game on April 25 between No. 4 seed Syracuse and No. 5 seed North Carolina. UVA’s semifinal game will be played at 2 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU. If UVA wins, they will return to Klöckner Stadium to host the ACC Championship game on Sat., May 4 at 2 p.m.