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Cavaliers pull away late against Seawolves

Cockerton tallies five goals, White passes 100 career points

The No. 6 Virginia men’s lacrosse team remained perfect Saturday with a 13-7 win against Stony Brook in a game played on Long Island.

The Cavaliers (3-0), sporting their brand new orange jerseys, got on the board first when junior attackman Mark Cockerton, fresh off a six-goal performance against Virginia Military Institute, scored at the 13:14 mark in the first quarter. The Seawolves (1-2) answered when senior midfielder Jeff Tundo hit sophomore midfielder Mike Andreassi to even the score. Cockerton added another off an assist from senior attackman Matt White to go up 2-1, but Tundo then assisted sophomore attackman Mike Rooney with six seconds left in the quarter on a man-up possession to tie the game at two. That play resulted from an offsides penalty called on junior attackman Nick O’Reilly while riding Stony Brook’s clear.

Virginia then went on a 4-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Tucker and Cockerton both found the back of the net off a pair of assists from senior midfielder and attackman Matt White, followed by a goal from junior defenseman Scott McWilliams, the first from a Virginia longpole this season. The run was capped when Cockerton tallied his fourth on the day. Stony Brook’s Andreassi ended the Cavalier run with a goal with 8:47 remaining in the half, followed by two Tundo goals to cut the deficit to one, the second of which came with three seconds remaining in the half.

After the break, redshirt sophomore Owen Van Arsdale assisted White to open the scoring and O’Reilly found senior midfielder Charlie Streep to push the lead back to three. The Seawolves responded with a goal from freshman midfielder Dylan Curry and Rooney’s second man-up goal of the contest after Virginia sophomore defenseman Greg Danseglio was sent to the box for a high hit.

Entering the final quarter up 8-7, the Cavaliers put together a 5-0 run to put away the game for good. Freshman attackman James Pannell scored his first goal of the season 28 seconds into the quarter and O’Reilly assisted Cockerton for his fifth and final goal of the day, which was sandwiched between two unassisted goals courtesy of White. White finished with three goals and three assists, pushing his career point total to 102, while Cockerton’s five goals gives him a team-high 11 in 2013. Pannell rounded out the scoring with a goal at the 1:14 mark.

Virginia was able to pull away late because of a combination of stingy defense and belligerent offense. The Cavaliers outshot the Seawolves 55-16, including a 31-4 margin in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Mick Parks had arguably his best game of the season, winning 16 of 23 faceoffs for an outstanding 70 percent.

Virginia now returns home to Klöckner Stadium for a Tuesday night matchup against Mount St. Mary’s at 7 p.m.

—compiled by Zack Bartee


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