CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  – Despite strong offensive and defensive efficiency, the No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers (10-4, 2-4 ACC) dropped its final regular season game of the season, 13-11, to the No. 11 Syracuse Orange (6-4, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.

Syracuse faceoff specialist set the tone for the entire game, winning 24-of-27 draws to pace the Orange’s significant possession advantage.

HOW IT HAPPENED
With the game tied early, 2-2, Syracuse started a 5-0 run with 24 seconds left in the first quarter to take a sizeable advantage. Owen Hiltz capped the run off an Owen Seebold pass with 9:32 left in the second quarter to give the Orange a 7-2 lead.

Virginia played catchup the rest of the way. Trailing 8-4 at the half, UVA went on a 4-1 run to cut its deficit to one goal, 9-8. UVA had a chance late in the third to tie the game at 9-9, but Charlie Bertrand’s shot hit pipe on a tremendous look inside. Shortly after a cross-field pass to Peter Garno set up a perfect scoring opportunity, Syracuse goalie Drake Porter made a tremendous save to turn UVA away.

By the time UVA took another shot, Syracuse had already finished a 4-0 run to push its lead back up to five, 13-8. UVA tried one more push to get back in the game with a 3-0 run to finish the game. Bertrand scored back-to-back goals to make it 13-11, his second coming with 1:59 left to play on a Matt Moore helper. The Cavaliers were unable to get any closer and Syracuse closed out a key ACC win.

 

UVA STAT LEADERS
• M Xander Dickson
3 goals, 1 assist

• M Connor Shellenberger
3 assists

• A Matt Moore
1 goal, 3 assists

• M Peter Garno
1 goal, 1 assist

• GK Alex Rode
16 saves, 4 GBs

NOTES
• The game served as the 200th all-time UVA men’s lacrosse game at Klöckner Stadium.
• With four points, Matt Moore now has 212 career points and is tied for No. 9 all-time at UVA with Ben Rubeor (2005-08)
• With three assists, Moore now has 103 career assists. He passed Kevin Pehlke (1990-93) for No. 9 all-time at UVA.
• With one goal, Dox Aitken now has 136 career goals. He is currently tied with Rubeor for No. 6 all-time at UVA.

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
“First I have to give credit to Syracuse. It was a big bounce back win for them. They have a very balanced attack and midfield. The way that they challenged us behind the goal and above the goal, they have arguably have the best midfield in the country on their first line. But they got production out of their second line as well. With Owen Hiltz and Rehfuss on attack, they have a really balanced approach that we struggled with. Unfortunately, that offense had the ball a lot today and we [Virginia] had to play a lot of defense because of their domination at the face off X. So, give credit to Jakob Phaup for what he was able to do today against Petey [LaSalla] and the rest of us. We love Petey. Petey will be back, but today was Syracuse’s day at the face off X and that’s the key to unleashing that offense.” – Lars Tiffany

UP NEXT
UVA awaits the 2021 NCAA Tournament announcement. The Selection Show is on Sunday, May 9. The show will air on ESPNU at 9 p.m.