Virginia Outlasts Army

Virginia outlasts Army, 14-9. Using a huge second half, the Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) turned up the heat on the Army Scarlet Knights (0-1) in the 2021 NCAA DI Lacrosse opener for the Knights.

Army jumped out to 1-0 lead off a nice look from Bobby Abshire (1g) just 1:02 in. Lacrosse is a game of runs and this affair proved the point. Virginia tore off markers from Ian Laviano (2g,1a) just :19 seconds after the Army goal.

Matt Moore (3g) and Payton Cormier (3g,1) converting a set up from Connor Shellenberger. Just like that, the Cavs were up by two, 3-1. Andrew Kelly (1g) drew Army within one with 6:11 to play.

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Virginia took the hit and countered with Dox Aitken (1g) and Peter Garno (2g) to get it back to a three-goal edge. Brendan Nichtern steadied Army with a nifty pass that Nickolas Edinger (1g) deposited behind Bobby Gavin. Nichtern went back to back to work this time feeding Aidan Byrnes (3g) to bring the curtain down on the opening quarter with Virginia in front, 5-4.

The second quarter was all the Cavaliers who got markers from Matt Moore, and a pair from Cormier to close the half soundly in control, 8-4. 1:32 into the third, Ian Laviano made it a five-goal advantage. Nichtern (2g, 3a) stopped the run and Army had life.

Garno and Matt Moore quickly answered to make it 11-5 in favor of the Cavs. Gunner Phillipp (1g) answered the door before Cormier found Shellenberger (1g, 2a) to close the third stanza with Army facing a huge uphill battle and trailing, 12-6.

Xander Dickson (1g) pushed it to 13-6 but Aidan Byrnes with a pair and Nichtern made it close, 13-9. Charlie Bertrand (1g,2a) put the final nail in the Army coffin.

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Shots favored Virginia, 47-37 with a 26-21 advantage of on goal shots. Both netminders, Bobby Gavin for Virginia and Wyatt Schupler (Army) stopped 12 shots. Virginia had the edge from the faceoff circle, 16-9 with Petey Lasalla posting 12 of 16. Virginia outlasts Army.

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