Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, March 13

March 13, 2010

 

Outstanding Defense Lifts No. 1 Virginia to Solid Road Victory at No. 8 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. - No. 1 Virginia (6-0) traveled to Ithaca, N.Y., for the first time since 1974 to face the No. 8 Cornell Big Red (4-1) and came away with its first all-time victory at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday afternoon, 12-4. The Big Red entered the game with a 22-1 home record since the start of the 2007 season. Until today, the only loss during that span came against Ohio State in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

The Cavaliers won many of the team battles, edging the Big Red on shots (40-29), ground balls (30-24), face-offs (11-9) and saves (14-12) en route to Virginia's third victory over a Top 20 team this season.

Virginia wasted no time scoring on its first possession, 2:33 into the game, when Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored on a Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) pass. The Cavaliers then tallied back-to-back unassisted goals, first by Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) with 11:00 left in the first quarter, followed by Bocklet at 10:46 on the ensuing faceoff.

#6 Terps Triumphant In Return To Byrd

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The second midfield unit of John Haus, Michael Shakespeare and Drew Snider combined to score six of the sixth-ranked University of Maryland men's lacrosse team's 12 goals in the Terps' 12-8 win over Towson Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The game marked Maryland's return to Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium after construction to Tyser Tower forced the Terps top play their 2009 home games at nearby Ludwig Field. Maryland's last game at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium was a victory over Denver in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

The game was close through the first quarter with Maryland (4-0) holding a one-goal lead after the first 15:00. Haus, a freshman out of Lutherville, Md., got the Terps, who never trailed in the game, on the board first with a quick runner that beat Towson goalie Rob Wheeler into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Junior Warren Hansen gave the Terrapins a two-goal cushion when he one-timed a pass from junior Travis Reed at the 9:20 mark. Hansen slipped through the defense and found an open spot on the right side of the crease and Reed sent a crisp pass across the crease for the easy score.

Duke Men's Lacrosse Stops No. 9 Loyola

BALTIMORE, Md.-The 10th-ranked Duke University men's lacrosse team held ninth-ranked Loyola scoreless for 30 minutes en route to an 8-5 victory over the Greyhounds this afternoon in front of 6,000 fans at the grand opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex. The five goals allowed are the fewest by the Blue Devils this season.

Duke freshman goaltender Dan Wigrizer finished with 12 saves, while seniors Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani paced the offense with a combined nine points. Crotty posted one goal and four assists and Quinzani completed the day with four tallies. He pushes his scoring streak to 52 games and the four goals marks the sixth time this season he has scored at least three goals in a game.

Defense was the name of the game in the first half for the Blue Devils, which improves to 3-3, as it held the Greyhounds to just one goal in 30 minutes of action. Wigrizer was outstanding in the first half, making eight stops.