Va. thumps Notre Dame, 23-4, 2nd-widest tournament margin

May 15, 1994|By Rob Daniels | Rob Daniels,Special to The Sun

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Virginia players said they didn't look past Notre Dame before yesterday's NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament opener, but based on what transpired at Klockner Stadium, they couldn't have been faulted if they had given in to temptation.

Greg Traynor and Drew Fox each scored three times and the fifth-seeded Cavs recorded the second-most lopsided win in tournament history, overwhelming the No. 12 Fighting Irish, 23-4. Syracuse defeated Michigan State, 28-7, in 1991.

Virginia (11-3) outshot the visitors 55-18 and earned the right to play at fourth-seeded North Carolina in next week's quarterfinals. Traynor scored just 16 seconds in and the Cavs recorded 15 of 16 goals in one stretch.

"I was anxious to see how we were going to play," Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said. "The fact that we came out, played well and got everybody out there made it a good experience for us. I'll take it."

Notre Dame (10-2) fell to 0-4 in postseason play as the automatic invitee from the Midwest.

"Coach stressed all week there's no Carolina until Notre Dame is finished," Fox said.

Said Irish coach Kevin Corrigan: "I know we're good enough to beat them. It's not Midwestern lacrosse. Our guys are from where Virginia's guys are from. When we play well, we look good and win games. When we play poorly, we get beat by good teams."

Tim Whiteley, Michael Vaughan, Doug Knight and Mark LaVerghetta all had two goals and were among the 15 Cavaliers scorers. Ryan Jewell, Notre Dame's starting goalie, saved only six of 22 shots.

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