Coming off a big overtime victory against Johns Hopkins and with a huge test looming on Saturday against ACC (for now) foe Maryland, the Virginia men's lacrosse team was looking to keep the ball rolling at home against Virginia Military Institute.
It was an absolute runaway by the end of the first quarter when the Hoos posted nine goals on 19 shots (47%), while holding VMI scoreless. Ryan Tucker opened the scoring with 13:53 remaining in the first, and James Pannell followed 21 seconds later for his 27th of the year.
Mark Cockerton added to his season goal total with two more in the first stanza, good for a team leading 32 goals. First year Ryan Lukacovic built off of his two goal performance from Saturday with an epic nine point night behind four goals and five assists.
Fellow first years AJ Fish and Jeff Kratky notched their first career goals, and Joe French put up four goals in the affair, including an impressive highlight reel-worthy one handed score.
French also gets a hat trick, again assisted by Lukacovic. Spinning, one-handed low-to-high goal. Sick. 18-2 Virginia.— Virginia Lacrosse (@UVAMensLacrosse) March 25, 2014
Didn't make SportsCenter, but should have.
Second year Zach Wood, an Illinois native, scored three goals on three shots, most of which were absolute bombs from the outside.
When all was said and done, the Hoos had put up 21 goals on 47 shots (45%), and nine different players earned a spot in the goal scoring column.
This hopefully served as a good tune up for Virginia before they head into College Park FOR THE LAST TIME as ACC foes to take on No.4 Maryland. The game is at noon on ESPNU...maybe a watch party is necessary for the Hoos traveling to New York for the Sweet Sixteen...