April 27, 2012
The Virginia men's lacrosse team concluded the regular season with a 10-8 victory over Penn at the Mile High Classic in Denver. Senior attackman Steele Stanwick led the team with a career-high six goals and two assists. The Cavaliers finish the season 11-3 and await their seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
"I am really happy that we won the game," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I was really proud of our team at the end of the day, credit to the University of Pennsylvania for playing great. It sort of really felt like they [Penn] got some momentum as the game went on. It just was a struggle for us, a little bit of a battle for us throughout. But the fact that we kind of hung in there and made the plays that we needed to in the fourth quarter, I think we could be proud of that, coming into this setting and this situation and toughing this game out. I told the kids in the huddle afterward, sometimes the hard wins are the best ones."
Stanwick scored three goals in the opening quarter to notch his 22nd career hat trick as the Cavaliers opened up a 4-1 advantage. Penn answered with a 4-0 run to take their first lead before Virginia tied the game at 5 to end the half.
In the second half, the game was again tied at 5 with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter when UVa reeled off a 4-1 run deep into the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Stanwick's has 123 goals for his career, eighth all-time in Virginia history. He moves up to No. 22 all-time in NCAA Division I career points with 260.