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No. 12 men’s lacrosse takes down Richmond

After struggling through the first three quarters, the Cavaliers took charge at the end

<p>Sophomore defenseman Jared Conners scored an early goal in Virginia's win over Richmond.</p>

Sophomore defenseman Jared Conners scored an early goal in Virginia's win over Richmond.

The No. 12 Virginia men’s lacrosse team continues to dominate non-conference competition, this time defeating in-state foe Richmond Saturday afternoon, 14-10.

This victory extends the Cavaliers’ (8-3, 0-2 ACC) winning streak to 69 games against in-state competition. But it did not come easily.

Virginia opened the game strong, winning the first quarter 3-1 behind goals from freshman attackman Ian Laviano, junior attackman Mikey Herring and sophomore defenseman Jared Conners. The Cavaliers played strong, man-to-man defense in the first frame, limiting the Spiders (5-5, 2-1 Southern) to just six shots.

Richmond answered immediately to start the second, and the game was locked up at six goals apiece headed into halftime, with the Spiders looking ready to challenge for the upset.

Richmond was able to keep its momentum rolling into the third quarter, going into the final quarter with a one goal advantage, 9-8.

The fourth quarter, however, was all Virginia. Led by sophomore attackman Michael Kraus’ three goals, the Cavaliers won the final frame 6-1 — ending the Spiders’ hopes of an upset.

Another crucial piece of Virginia’s stellar fourth quarter performance was its control of possession. Sophomore faceoff specialist Justin Schwenk helped sustain the Cavaliers’ momentum by winning six out of eight faceoffs in the fourth quarter, and Virginia won the ground ball battle 19-8.

Overall, it was an important bounce-back victory for the Cavaliers after their heartbreaking loss at Klöckner Stadium against Johns Hopkins last weekend.

Virginia will take this momentum to Chapel Hill, N.C. next Saturday, as they take on reeling North Carolina. The Tar Heels have lost five-consecutive games after starting the season 6-0, including dropping a contest against Richmond. Much will be at stake next weekend as the Cavaliers look to pick up their first ACC victory in four years.

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