Virginia downs Mount St. Mary's
Cavaliers improve to 4-0 behind Cockerton's seven goals
The No. 4 Virginia men’s lacrosse team continued its winning ways Tuesday, routing Mount St. Mary’s 14-6. After starting the season with three straight one-goal victories, the Cavaliers’ high-octane offense has come to life in their last two games, posting a combined 15-goal margin of the victory in those contests.
The Cavaliers (4-0) jumped out to a quick three-goal lead thanks to a pair of tallies by junior attackman Owen Van Arsdale and one by sophomore attackman James Pannell. Virginia never looked back from there.
The Mountaineers (0-4) were able to score once in the first quarter and once early in the second before the true Virginia onslaught began. For the final 12 minutes of the second quarter, the Cavaliers rifled home five unanswered goals — four of which were scored by senior attackman Mark Cockerton, allowing the Cavaliers to hold a 9-3 lead heading into the intermission.
Virginia refused to let up in the second half. While early on it appeared the Mountaineers were poised to make a comeback with three of the third quarter’s four goals, Cockerton defended his team from a fourth-quarter collapse similar to what happened against Loyola in the season opener. The senior put away two more goals, bringing his tally on the night to an impressive seven and his season total to a team-leading 18, to lock up the victory for Virginia.
The Cavaliers will be in action again Saturday in a much-anticipated match-up against the eighth ranked team in the country, Syracuse. Faceoff for these ACC foes is set for 7:30 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.