The No. 8 seed Virginia Cavaliers were unable to overcome an early eight-goal deficit in a 14-8 loss to Johns Hopkins in NCAA Tournament play Sunday. It marks only the second NCAA Tournament loss at Klöckner Stadium for the Cavaliers, who finished the season 10-6 overall.
“This is a tough moment in the season,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “I don’t really know what to say. I’m proud of my team. Hopkins outplayed us today. It felt like we couldn’t make a shot when we needed it or make a stop when we had to. It wasn’t for lack of effort. We had two good spurts, at the beginning of the game and in the third quarter, but they had an important face-off goal that switched the momentum in the third quarter and got them going again.”
UVa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Mark Cockerton. Johns Hopkins then quickly called timeout and emerged a changed team. The Blue Jays ripped of an 8-0 run that proved to be the difference in the game.
Virginia closed the gap to 9-8 in the third quarter but could get no closer.
Cockerton led the Cavaliers with a pair of goals , while Owen Van Arsdale, Ryan Tucker, Zed Williams, Tyler German, Joseph Lisicky and Pat Herbeson all scored once.