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No. 6 men's lacrosse remains undefeated, taking down Princeton 18-15

The Cavaliers came out on top in a high-paced shootout as they renewed their rivalry with the Tigers

<p>Junior midfielder Ryan Conrad had ten ground balls and scored a crucial goal in Virginia's win over Princeton.</p>

Junior midfielder Ryan Conrad had ten ground balls and scored a crucial goal in Virginia's win over Princeton.

The No. 6 men’s lacrosse team remained hot Saturday, picking up a victory against Princeton in a high-paced shootout.

The first half was back-and-forth, with both offenses trading blows.

The game opened with a scoring explosion, as the Tigers (1-1) advanced to a quick 4-2 lead, only to fall behind 6-4 after a 4-0 Cavaliers (4-0) run. The first quarter ended with things locked back up at 6-6, after two late Princeton goals.

Virginia grabbed a 9-6 lead at the start of the second quarter, one of their biggest lead of the game. But Princeton came up with an answer, going on a 4-1 run to tie it back up at 10 points apiece by the end of the half.

After halftime, however, the Cavaliers began to lock up defensively, slowing down the flanks of Princeton’s attack. The third quarter saw Virginia go up 15-12, and they maintained that lead in the fourth quarter to win 18-15.

It was the Cavaliers’ young attack that propelled their offense, with sophomore Michael Kraus and freshman Ian Laviano both having seven points on the night. Laviano had five goals on the night to put his season total to 14.

Equally critical in this game, in which both teams capitalized on offense, was possession of the ball — winning faceoffs and ground balls proved to be crucial for Virginia.

Cavaliers sophomore faceoff specialist Justin Schwenk had an outstanding game, winning a whopping 25 faceoffs. This figure placed Schwenk No. 2 all-time at Virginia for faceoff wins in a game.

Junior midfielder Ryan Conrad also had a standout performance. He scored a decisive goal in the third quarter, provided defensive stability and his hustle was tremendous — Conrad won 10 ground balls for the Cavaliers.

It was another thrilling victory for Virginia, who has plowed over opponents with their run-and-gun brand. The Cavaliers continue to build momentum as the team looks toward its first ACC matchup against Syracuse next weekend. Action begins Sunday at 3 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.