February 25, 2012
No. 1 Virginia overcame a slow start to win their third game of the season Saturday, a 12-5 victory against Stony Brook. Senior Colin Briggs had a career-high seven-point performance to lead the Cavaliers with a three goals and four assists. Fellow senior Steele Stanwick became the third Cavalier in history to notch 100 goals and assists in his career. He had a pair of goals (101) and three assists (100).
"It's obviously a great honor to get that and be mentioned in the same sentence as some of those guys who have done it," said Stanwick, about joining the elite 100/100 club. "So I'm really humbled by it but honestly this is a team sport, I couldn't do anything without my teammates. It's a great day and I'm just happy we came out with the win."
"He's a really special kid, on and off the field," said head coach Dom Starsia. "It happens to be he's a great lacrosse player, he's also a really great guy and it's one of the joys of my job that I get to work with young men like Steele Stanwick. In terms of an attackman that I've coached, he's on a short list of the very best I've ever been around."
Stony Brook jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday, scoring in the first 27 seconds of the game, before Virginia answered with three straight goals to lead 3-2.
In the second quarter, the Cavaliers extended their scoring streak to six in a row. Briggs scored twice and assisted three goals during the span to put UVa up 6-2 with 6:28 left in the first half.
With a 7-3 lead at halftime, Stony Brook cut the deficit to three early in the third quarter. Stanwick then scored on back-to-back possessions for his 100th and 101st career goals. Virginia ended the game with a trio of three straight goals, the final marking Stanwick's assist milestone and his third of the day.
“We saw in the game that we still haven’t been as sharp as we need to be," said Starsia, who coached his 450th career game Saturday. "But if it comes down to effort, I like our chances overall. I don’t have any problem with that, but we’re going to need clean things up on both ends of the field. I don’t think we got the ball off as cleanly as we could, and could have scored more goals earlier in the game. Even going into the fourth quarter, I wasn’t completely comfortable. We kept working, but I would have liked to put it away a little quicker.”
Goalie Rob Fortunato had a career-high 14 saves to head up a strong defensive effort by the Cavaliers.
Virginia travels to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game and return home next Saturday to host No. 6 Syracuse.