No. 15 Cornell used a 9-0 run to hand No. 2 Virginia its first loss of the season Saturday, 12-9, inside Schoellkopf Field. Virginia dropped to 6-1 with the loss.
“We feel we haven’t really played for 60 minutes and today Cornell was on top of their game and able to take advantage of it,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “I thought we had spurts where we played well and in the past we have gotten away with that, today it wasn’t enough. We have to play more of a complete game and finish some of these things.”
Virginia led 5-2 after a Ryan Tucker goal in the second quarter. The Big Red retaliated with a 9-0 run to take a 6-5 lead into the halftime break.
“I thought their goals in the first half were sort of unsettled, including two coming off the faceoff,” said Starsia. “I thought we defended in the first half. But then we just couldn’t pick the ball up on both ends of the field. We turned the ball over too many times on offense and had too many mental mistakes on defense that Cornell was able to take advantage of.”
The run continued as Cornell scored the first five goals of the third period to take an 11-5 lead.
Virginia returns to action on Sunday, March 16 at No. 8 Notre Dame.