Virginia's Steele Stanwick had another dominating performance this week to prove that he is the nation's best player.
Virginia senior Steele Stanwick followed up his big offensive performance over Maryland last week with a seven-point show today, as the top-ranked Hoos dominated North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 15-10. Stanwick led the team with three goals and four assists, while Chris Bocklet also put up a hat trick of his own. Today's win marks the ninth straight victory for the Cavaliers over the Heels, dating back to the regular season game in 2004.
All in all, nine Cavaliers found the back of the net, including four different Cavaliers in a dominating third quarter performance. Stanwick looked as dominant as ever from the X, and if he and the rest of the Hoos play as well as they did today, they could very well break this curse against Duke, where Virginia has been 1-11 in the past 12 attempts. The Hoos have not beaten Duke in the regular season since 2004.
Virginia lost the battle of face-offs, clears, shots and saves, but it's the final score that matters. This was in part due to capitalizing on extra man opportunities, scoring on three of five chances, while Carolina was only able to score once, with four chances (the goal coming in the fourth quarter.
Virginia and Duke square off next week on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. at Klockner. The game will be televised on ESPNU. While you wait, you should go ahead and vote for Steele Stanwick for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.