CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Heavy underdog Virginia scored the first seven goals of the game yesterday against previously undefeated Johns Hopkins, and the Cavaliers never looked back.
They beat the Blue Jays, ranked first in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's poll and second in The Baltimore Sun poll, 15-9.
After giving up the first seven goals, Hopkins (3-1) scored the next four. That was the closest Hopkins came.
"We didn't have a letdown," said Hopkins coach Tony Seaman. "Some of the fans after the game thought we had suffered a letdown after an emotional win over Syracuse last week and prior to our homecoming game next week with North Carolina.
"Our kids had six or seven days to get ready for this. They were ready. But Virginia played very well. Their goalie [James Ireland] had a big game. And we got crushed."
This was the widest margin of victory for Virginia over Hopkins. It was also the first time the Cavaliers had knocked off a No. 1 team since they did it against North Carolina in 1984 at Chapel Hill.
The big man on offense for Virginia was senior tri-captain Perry Frazier, with a career-high five goals and two assists. Frazier is a graduate of Severn School.
Jim Adams, the Hopkins grad who coaches Virginia, said he could hardly believe it when his team took a 7-0 lead.
"It was a dream come true," Adams said. "I was afraid the game might start off at 7-0 the other way.
"But we knew there was a lot of time left and we knew Hopkins wouldn't quit. You never know how these things are going to play out."
Virginia's seventh goal "just killed us," Seaman said.
That came with Virginia a man down because of an illegal stick penalty against Harmar Thompson. The violation was detected on a random stick check by the game officials.
It calls for a three-minute penalty non-releasable -- meaning the offending team does not get its player out of the penalty box for the full three minutes, regardless of goals scored.
But instead of Hopkins scoring first, Virginia's Frazier scored with an assist from Kevin Pehlke, a senior from Calvert Hall. Pehlke, Virginia's high scorer for the season with 18 goals, was limited to one goal yesterday.
"We did come back and score two goals of our own during the three-minute penalty," Seaman said. "That's not bad, to get two goals on an opportunity like that. But giving up one when we were man up really hurt us."
Ireland, in his first year as Virginia's regular goalie, had 10 saves. The sophomore from Garden City, N.Y., had not been impressive when Virginia won three of its first five games.
"Ireland made some big saves early," said Seaman. "That gave him a lot of confidence, and he came up with a big game. We weren't supposed to shoot high against Ireland, but we did.
"But give the whole Virginia team credit. They played very well."
Freshman attackman Brian Piccola paced Hopkins with three goals. All-America midfielder Adam Wright had two.
Virginia dominated throughout. The Cavaliers had 52 shots to 27 for Hopkins.
Hopkins plays Saturday against North Carolina, which appears to be back on track. Carolina (4-2) beat Maryland, 15-13, yesterday.