The No. 1 Virginia men's lacrosse team takes the field to face No. 20 Drexel Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers, currently top-ranked in major polls and the unanimous top pick in the coaches' poll, begin their title defense without the services of departed seniors Bray Malphrus, John Haldy and Adam Ghitelman.
Following an enthralling 2011 championship campaign, the unanimous preseason No. 1 Virginia men's lacrosse team aims to handle the pressure of massive expectations and win a second consecutive national title when it opens its 2012 season this weekend. As in 2011, Virginia enters the season as the clear favorite to win the championship, with both the USILA Coaches and Inside Lacrosse polls deeming the Cavaliers the nation's top squad.
The No. 10 Virginia men's lacrosse team suffered its second loss in consecutive weeks to No. 6 Duke as it fell to the Blue Devils, 19-10, in the ACC Tournament semifinals and failed to defend its 2010 conference title. Junior midfielder Colin Briggs started the scoring early for the Cavaliers (8-5) with a fast-break goal only 1:23 into the first quarter.
[caption id="attachment_42735" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Playing before 10,545 fans at Scott Stadium, junior attackman Chris Bocklet led the Cavaliers with two goals, including one to end a 25-minute scoring drought.