I predicted a tightly-matched game and that's exactly what we got today, as the 5th-seeded Virginia Cavaliers held on to defeat the Princeton Tigers, 6-5. It's the first win the Hoos have ever notched over the Tigers in NCAA Lacrosse Tournament play.
Chris LaPierre was the player of the game, particularly as he deflected a Princeton shot in the waning few seconds of a one-goal affair by throwing his body in the direct line of fire and getting nailed in the process.
Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Steele Stanwick had a relatively quiet day with only one goal and one assist. Colin Briggs and Chris Bocklet notched two goals a piece, and Bobby Hill, thanks to an assist from Matt Lovejoy, went coast-to-coast to get on the board as well.
For Princeton, Tom Schreiber did his part with four points on two goals and two assists.
I certainly wasn't expecting this low, slow game, especially out of any contest that features Virginia on one end, but you take your win and you prepare for the next game.
Next week, Virginia travels to Philadelphia to play the winner of Yale and Notre Dame in the Round of Eight.