PROVIDENCE – No. 8 Virginia (4-2) could not overcome Brown’s (3-2) eight third-quarter goals as the Cavaliers dropped their second game of the year, 14-13, on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia came out strong, taking an early 8-2 lead and holding the Bears scoreless for a period 20:53 between the first and second quarters. Matt Moore scored three of his career-high seven goals during a 6-0 Cavalier run while Brown was being held scoreless.
Brown responded with an 8-2 streak to take a 9-8 lead, its first of the game, with 7:35 left in the third quarter. Luke McCaleb capped a 7-0 run that gave Brown the lead. UVA responded quickly with back-to-back goals from Moore and Jack Peele, giving the Cavaliers their final lead of the day at 10-9 with 5:27 left in the third quarter.
The Bears reeled off three straight goals to take a 12-10 lead into the fourth quarter. UVA responded as Moore and Dox Aitken scored to tie the game, 12-12, with 7:49 left to play. Brown took the lead for good, 13-12, with 6:17 left on an unassisted goal by Colby Gendron. After a UVA turnover, Brown scored an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left for the two-goal advantage, 14-12.
UVA responded quickly as Justin Schwenk won the ensuing faceoff and found Moore with 37 seconds left to bring the Cavaliers back into striking distance. Schwenk won the final faceoff and UVA called a timeout to set up a play, but a turnover with 11 seconds left by Moore sealed the Brown victory.
Game is not OVER yet. Matt Moore scores his seventh off the ensuing faceoff! UVA wins the next faceoff and trails one goal, 14-13, with 28.8 seconds left. UVA calls timeout. #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/GQAt0y57Uy
— Virginia Men’s Lacrosse (@UVAMensLax) March 8, 2020
UVA STAT LEADERS
• A Matt Moore
7 goals, 3 assists
• A Michael Kraus
• A Ian Laviano
• M Dox Aitken
• GK Alex Rode
• Virginia played in the state of Rhode Island for the first time.
• Matt Moore had career highs in goals (7) and points (10).
• With four assists, Michael Kraus now has 240 career points, passing Kevin Pehlke (239) and tying Michael Watson (240) for No. 4 all-time at UVA in career points.
• Kraus has a point in all 55 career games he has played in, which is tied for the best active streak in the nation.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“What an outstanding atmosphere for a college lacrosse game. Combining the impressive new additions to Stevenson-Pincince Field with an enthusiastic and boisterous crowd, that was an exciting contest to be a part of. But the real credit goes to the Brown Bears for their intensity of play and the relentless pressure they put on our defense, breaking us down often in the second half. I did not make the necessary adjustments in the second half to prepare our defense for the Brown offensive push. Brown was the better team and they did not flinch despite being down four goals at the half. But within the loss, there were several of our men who put forth elite performances. Scott Bower on defense did very well with his matchup, Matt Moore was fantastic and Justin Schwenk won us critical faceoffs. We will head up to Boston tomorrow for an in-market career networking session, spearheaded by Tucker Radebaugh (’99). Postgame, we had a productive team conversation and this group is eager to be back on the practice field Tuesday in Charlottesville.”– Lars Tiffany
UVA renews its old ACC rivalry with Maryland on Saturday in College Park. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.