May 17, 2009
The Virginia men's lacrosse team put together another impressive performance on Sunday, cruising to a 19-8 win over Johns Hopkins in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Johns Hopkins actually got on the board first. Brian Christopher found the back of the net just over a minute into the game, giving Hopkins a 1-0 lead. It would be the only lead of the game for Hopkins. Virginia dominated from there, scoring the next six goals of the game, and taking a 12-4 lead at the half.
Virginia then opened up the second half by scoring the first four goals, essentially putting the game away. Shamel Bratton scored a career-high five goals to lead the way for Virginia, while Garrett Billings added four goals and three assists. Steele Stanwick, Danny Glading, Rhamel Bratton and Gavin Gill each had two goals for the Cavaliers, who advance to the national semifinals in Foxborough, Massachusetts for the second straight year.
Sunday's win was the 300th of Head Coach Dom Starsia's career. The Cavaliers will face Cornell in the national semifinal on Saturday, a team they beat by four goals in the regular season.