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On to the next: Virginia Lacrosse manhandles Mount St. Mary's

(File) Colin Briggs #34 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrates his goal with teammate Chris Bocklet #10.
(File) Colin Briggs #34 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrates his goal with teammate Chris Bocklet #10.

When senior attackman Chris Bocklet got word that Duke guard Seth Curry thought that baseball was better than lacrosse, he decided it was time flex some muscles of his own as he single-handedly defeated Mount St. Mary's by a narrow score of 6-5. Unfortunately for the Mount, the rest of the No. 1-ranked lacrosse team also wanted a part of the action, and as a team, the Hoos crushed the Mount by a whopping 17-5. Bocklet's six goals, tied for a career high, are the most any Cavalier has posted against the Mountaineers.

Bocklet led the Cavaliers with six goals and one assist. Freshman Ryan Tucker earned his first collegiate hat trick with three goals. Steele Stanwick and Rob Emery contributed two goals and two assists apiece, while Colin Briggs, Matt Cockerton, Pat Glading and Mark Cockerton each also contributed a goal. Freshman Owen Van Arsdale led the team with three assists.

Virginia held Mount St. Mary's scoreless for over 24 minutes, during which time the Hoos "mounted" what was ultimately an insur-"mount"-able 9-goal scoring spree (see what I did there?).

Senior goalkeeper Rob Fortunato extended his career record to 5-0, posting six saves this afternoon with three goals allowed. Redshirt freshman saw time for the third consecutive game and allowed two goals, the first two of his career, and made three saves.

In the last three games, Virginia has outscored its opponents by a whopping 48-5. That is to say, Virginia has performed as expected over the last three games against unranked opponents. The Hoos will face their first big challenge of the season, as they host No. 3 Syracuse at 4:30 p.m. in Klockner on ESPN. Virginia has won six of the past seven regular season matchups between the two teams, though the Cavs stumbled last year at the Carrier Dome, 12-10.