No. 7 Men’s lacrosse edges Drexel, remains undefeated
The seventh-ranked Virginia men’s lacrosse team eked out an 11-10 victory against Drexel in Philadelphia Sunday, spoiling the Dragons’ season-opener. The win was coach Dom Starsia’s 250th at Virginia and improves the team’s record to 3-0 on the season, with all three games decided by one goal.
The Cavaliers opened scoring quickly with a pair of tallies by junior attackman Owen Van Arsdale less than five minutes into the contest. However, Drexel responded with four goals, eventually taking its 4-3 lead into the second quarter.
The Dragons would strike first in the second quarter to stretch their lead to two, but this would be the last time Drexel would lead. Virginia ripped off six unanswered goals led by sophomore attackman James Pannell, who scored twice to push his season goal total to a team-best 10.
Drexel was finally able to staunch the bleeding with just more than two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Dragons went on a 4-0 run, with junior attackman Nick Triziano scoring his third goal of the day and freshman attackman Cole Shafer netting a hat trick on three consecutive goals to knot the score at 9-9.
After being held scoreless since the 6:10 mark in the third quarter, the Cavaliers ended their scoring drought with just less than three minutes remaining in the game. Senior attackman Mark Cockerton beat the redshirt freshman goalkeeper Cal Winkelman to give Virginia a one-goal advantage.
Triziano responded with the tying goal less than a minute later for Drexel, but Cockerton scored again with 15 seconds to play to lock up the Virginia victory. Cockerton and Van Arsdale led Virginia in scoring with two goals and two assists apiece, while Triziano led all scorers with five points on four goals and an assist.
The Cavaliers return to action Feb. 22 when Rutgers visits Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m.