Mark Cockerton scored five goals and the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers beat Stony Brook Saturday afternoon in Long Island. Virginia held a narrow one-goal lead going into half, 6-5, but the Cavalier defense held Stony Brook to only four shots in the second half.
"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 head 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 had six points and reached 100 career points with three goals and three assists.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday night when Mount St. Mary’s invades Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.