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Squad hosts No. 3 Orange

Top-ranked Cavaliers play Syracuse Sunday in early season marquee match-up

Two of the most accomplished programs of all-time clash Sunday when the No. 1 Virginia men's lacrosse team hosts fierce rival No. 3 Syracuse for a nationally-televised home tilt.

The match-up continues a series which has produced fireworks in recent years and is the Cavaliers' (4-0, 0-0 ACC) third of four games in a frantic ten days. After disposing of Stony Brook 12-5 last weekend and crushing Mount Saint Mary's 17-5 Tuesday, Virginia has Sunday's momentous clash before hosting Vermont two days later.

Coach Dom Starsia, however, believes his players will relish the opportunity to see so much game action.

"We schedule this purposefully," Starsia said. "It's a stretch that kind of worries the coaches more than it does the players. I told the players that this is kind of fun for them: Mostly we're suiting up and getting ready to play games."

After ousting Drexel in a 9-8 barn-burner during its season-opener, Virginia has barely broken a sweat against its last three opponents. Relying on the prolific scoring trio of senior attacker Steele Stanwick, senior attacker Chris Bocklet and redshirt senior midfielder Colin Briggs, the Cavalier attack has tallied 48 goals in its last three performances and regained much of its 2011 NCAA championship form.

The three All-Americans have