March 4, 2012
Colin Briggs scored three goals and assisted another to help No. 1 Virginia top the No. 3 Syracuse Orange on Sunday evening, 14-10, at Klöckner Stadium. UVa now owns a 15-13 record all-time against the Orange and the four-goal win serves as the largest margin of victory by either team in the series since the Cavaliers won 17-10 in the 2006 NCAA Semifinal round.
“Playing in a game like this, being down then coming back, getting this win here gives us a little confidence. I think that's something we can build on," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said.
Virginia struck first with back-to-back goals by Matt White and Ryan Tucker, assisted by Matt Kugler. The 2-0 UVa advantage didn’t last long as Syracuse went on a 6-1 run, including a string of five-straight goals to take a 6-3 lead. Tim Desko started the run with two goals in a row and Matt Pratt finished it at 5:27 in the second quarter.
UVa didn’t go quietly into the intermission as Briggs scored his second goal of the game on a Steele Stanwick assist 48 seconds before the break. UVa trailed by two goals at halftime, 6-4.
After the break UVa scored four more goals in a row, taking an 8-6 lead. UVa wouldn’t trail again. Chris Bocklet capped the run after picking up a ground ball in the crease and shuffling it past Syracuse goalie Matthew Lerman with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers held a 6-4 advantage over the Orange for the remainder of the game, picking up the win.
"It's such a great, historic rivalry and we take it one game at a time but guys on our team definitely had this game circled on their calendars so coming out and being down in the first half, it's just a great team win for us," Briggs explained.
UVa goalie Rob Fortunato had a career night in between the pipes, saving 16 shots.
The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday when Vermont comes to town. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.
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