In Stony Brook, N.Y., Mark Cockerton scored five goals to lead the No. 6 Virginia men’s lacrosse team to a 13-7 victory over Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
Virginia (3-0) held a narrow 6-5 lead going into intermission, but the Cavalier defense limited Stony Brook (1-2) to only four shots in the second half en route to the win.
“In conditions like this against a team that was fired up to play us, and to have a game that was back and forth almost the entire time until we took control of it in the fourth quarter, it was a very satisfying result for us,” said Virginia coach Dom Starsia. “I applaud the kids. We battled the whole time. In the fourth quarter we probably played our best lacrosse overall. I thought we were just a hair off offensively most of the day, just a step slow more often than not. I thought we had a chance to get some more goals early on in the game. But, the guys kept working at it and in the end the offense put it together for us in the fourth quarter and carried us to the win. I thought, overall, it was a good effort.”
Matt White reached 100 career points with three goals and three assists for the Cavaliers. White now has 102 career points.
Virginia won the battles in shots (55-16), ground balls (41-28), faceoffs (16-7) and had fewer turnovers (12-24). The UVa transition game held Stony Brook to only 18-of-27 on clears.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday night at home against Mount St. Mary’s. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.