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Virginia looks to beat Syracuse

Sunday clash with No. 6 Orangemen threatens to overshadow match against dangerous midweek foe

The No. 1 Virginia men's lacrosse team begins a whirlwind stretch of three games in a week - including a clash with bitter rival No. 3 Syracuse this weekend - when it faces off against Mount St. Mary's tonight in Emmittsburg, MD.

Virginia (3-0, 0-0 ACC) comes off a 12-5 victory against Stony Brook which saw senior attacker Steele Stanwick record both his 100th career goal and 100th career assist.

"Shooter, passer, he kind of does it all," redshirt senior defenseman Matt Lovejoy said. "You take it for granted a little bit when you play against him in practice every day; you don't really realize how special he is."

Stanwick became just the third Cavalier to reach both marks, joining Kevin Pehlke (1990-93) and Danny Glading (2006-09).

"I always look at Steele Stanwick as one of the best players to ever come to Virginia," redshirt senior midfielder Colin Briggs said. "It's really been an honor just playing with him."

The squad's most daunting challenge when it faces the Mountaineers (1-0, Northeast 0-0) may lie in resisting the urge to overlook them ahead of Sunday's battle with Syracuse (2-0, Big East 0-0). The perennial meeting between the Cavaliers