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May 21, 2011
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Behind seven points by Steele Stanwick, the No. 7 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (11-5) stormed past the No. 2 seeded Cornell Big Red (14-3) in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, 13-9, in front of 13,447 fans inside Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium. The win gives Virginia head coach Dom Starsia 327 career victories, passing coaching legend Jack Emmer for the most head coaching wins at the Division I level.
UVa advances to its fourth straight Final Four weekend at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium and will play No. 6 seed Denver on Saturday. The Pioneers defeated No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins on Saturday, 14-9, to advance. Game time will be announced at a later time and the contest will be televised in HD on ESPN2.
"Quite a remarkable day really in so many ways," said Starsia. "I thought it was a great lacrosse game even though we started out slowly. We had some sloppy play in the beginning and then we got our legs. At halftime I thought we couldn't have scripted the second quarter any better. We talked about being patient on offense and making the most out of our opportunities. I thought we shot the ball very well and dominated the ball in the second quarter, while we switched in and out different defenses we slowed them down a bit."
UVa goalie Adam Ghitelman registered his 48th career win between the pipes, passing former Syracuse goalie Jay Pfeifer (2002-05) for No. 4 all-time in NCAA Division I history.