CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 8 Virginia (4-1) cruised to a home victory over the Air Force Falcons (3-3) on Sunday afternoon, 15-5, at Klöckner Stadium. The win concluded UVA's five-game homestand to start the 2020 season.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 8 Virginia (4-1) cruised to a home victory over the Air Force Falcons (3-3) on Sunday afternoon, 15-5, at Klöckner Stadium. The win concluded UVA’s five-game homestand to start the 2020 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
UVA held a 6-3 lead with 5:48 left in the second quarter after Air Force’s Ethan Grandolfo scored on a Brandon Dodd helper, cutting UVA’s lead to three goals. The UVA vise grip went into effect as UVA went on a 9-0 run and held the Falcons scoreless for the next 32:31 of game action to solidify the win.
Peter Garno started the run with his second goal of the game with 3:45 left in the second quarter on a Michael Kraus helper. Kraus capped the streak with an extra-man goal on a Jeff Conner assist with 8:52 left to play. Birthday boy Payton Cormier scored twice during the run. In the closing 3:17 of the game, Air Force managed two goals to snap its scoring drought in the losing effort.
UNSTOPPABLE!! Peter Garno lasers one into the top right corner for his second goal of the game to put the Hoos up 7-3!! #GoHoos
— Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (@UVAMensLax) March 1, 2020
UVA STAT LEADERS
• M Payton Cormier
3 goals, 2 assists
• A Michael Kraus
3 goals, 1 assists
• M Jeff Conner
1 goal, 4 assists
• SSDM Grayson Sallade
2 GBs, 4 CTs
• The win is the first in program history over the Air Force Academy in two tries.
• Michael Kraus has a point in 54-straight games, which is tied for the nation’s longest active streak.
• Kraus notched his 26th career hat-trick with his three-goal performance.
• Virginia is 38-3 all-time against the Southern Conference.
• Matt Moore extended his goal-scoring streak to 26 games, which is the sixth-longest active streak in the nation.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“Today was certainly our best all-around effort. In terms of our team offense, I think we shot the ball as well as we’ve shot and this was against a great goalie. [Braden] Host has been fantastic and we scored at a high rate. Defense, communicating, when to slide, when not to slide, we made some really good decisions there. When do we need to support the dodge and when not to? We were able to get the shot clock low during their offensive possessions. And, I am certainly really grateful for how well we rode today in terms of creating that pressure with our ten-man ride, and causing a bunch of turnovers and getting the ball back.”– Lars Tiffany
UVA heads on the road for the next three games, starting on Sunday, March 8 at Brown. Faceoff is set for noon and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.