#6 Virginia Still Undefeated after Dismantling Mt. Saint Mary’s
The No. 6 Men’s Lacrosse team (4-0) improved their undefeated record after handily defeating Mount St. Mary’s (2-2) 18-11 on a rainy Tuesday night, behind 6 goals from Mark Cockerton and 4 from Rob Emery.
The game had to be moved from Klöckner Stadium to the U-Hall turf field because of increasingly wet conditions on the Klöckner grass field.
The Mount was the first to draw blood just under 6 minutes into the game. However, the Cavaliers responded 5 minutes later with a quick spree of 3 goals. Ryan Tucker tied the game at 1 all then Mark Cockerton netted 2 fast goals back to back. After ending the first quarter 3-1, Virginia never gave up their lead again.
The Cavaliers and Mountaineers traded goals for much of the second half, after Mount St. Mary’s scored to stay within close reach at 3-2. UVA scored 6 goals in the quarter, to only 4 from the Mount. Rob Emery exploded for 4 goals, with assists from Nick O’Reilly and Cockerton. Rounding out the Cavaliers scoring were Mick Parks and James Pannell. The first half ended with a slight Cavalier lead of 9-5.
The third quarter continued to be a back and forth battle, with both teams hitting 4 goals each. Owen Van Arsdale scored 2 straight goals for the Cavs, while Nick O’Reilly and Mark Cockerton added in a goal apiece. The Mountaineers scored the last 2 goals of the quarter, refusing to let Virginia take too large of a lead.
Heading into the final quarter, Virginia maintained a tight 13-9 lead. Mark Cockerton speedily netted in 2 goals, both assisted by Owen Van Arsdale. After a Mount St. Mary’s goal, Ryan Tucker and Matt White joined in with a goal each before Mark Cockerton concluded the Virginia scoring. The Mountaineers managed to net another goal with less than a minute left, to bring the final score to 18-11.
Virginia outshot their opponent handily, 51-34. They also had a wide 47-27 margin in ground balls. UVA was successful in all 18 clear attempts while Mount St. Mary’s only managed to achieve 11-20 attempts. Virginia amassed 7 saves behind goalie Dan Marino, lower than the Mountaineers’ 16.
Nick O’Reilly dished out 4 assists to reach a total of 13 on the season and 19 total points. Mark Cockerton now has 17 goals in 3 games, and 18 points for the season.
Eight different Cavaliers scored and assisted during the game, showing the vast amount of talent the Cavs possess. Mark Cockerton described his thoughts on the scoring range. “This year we don’t have a superstar guy so we’re all working together as a team. It makes it a lot harder to guard because everyone’s working together.”
Cockerton also addressed his hot streak after scoring 6 goals in a game once again. “I feel like I’ve got a lot of confidence going right now and that’s the main thing. Guys are looking for me a lot, they know I’ve got the confidence.”
Coach Dom Starsia discussed the importance of taking a large amount of shots. “We’re averaging about 20 shots more per game this year than last year. We’re headed in a good direction that suits this team with the rules that are in play.”
UVA started off the season 4-0 for the 6th straight season, and increased their all time record against Mount St. Mary’s to 11-0.
The Cavaliers next battle No. 18 Syracuse away, on Friday March 1st at 6 pm.
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