Knight lifts Virginia over Syracuse Junior ties school record with 8 goals in 17-15 win

March 03, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Junior attackman Doug Knight tied a 38-year-old school record with eight goals as Virginia rallied to edge defending national champion Syracuse, 17-15, yesterday in Charlottesville, Va.

Knight scored four goals in the third quarter as the Cavaliers (1-0) rallied from a 9-7 halftime deficit to tie the game at 14 going into the last quarter.

"He's a big-game player," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "We've come to expect that from him -- but maybe not eight goals. He has a high shooting percentage and usually shoots on top of the crease."

Junior attackman Michael Watson, who had five assists, put Virginia ahead for good by converting midfielder Tucker Radebaugh's assist with 5:20 left.

"We knew it was going to be impossible to shut each other down," Starsia said. "I think we can play a lot better lacrosse, but it was sort of a gut check for us early in the season. I don't think this devastates Syracuse, but it's certainly nice to come out with a win."

Syracuse (0-1) took a 5-2 lead after 10:19 of the first quarter behind Jim Morrissey, who had two goals and an assist. Orangemen goalkeeper Jason Gebhart helped make that lead stand up for nearly 40 minutes, turning away 27 Cavaliers shots in his first start.

The Orangemen led by three goals three times, the last at 12-9 with 5:24 left in the third quarter on an extra-man goal by Casey Powell. It was the third man-up score in three opportunities for Syracuse, but the Orangemen managed only one goal in their last four extra-man situations.

Four different Cavaliers scored in the 5-2 run that closed the third quarter and tied the score. Virginia outshot Syracuse, 54-39.

* Army 11, Cornell 7: Ross Yastrzemsky scored a career-best three goals as Army (1-0) beat Cornell (0-1) in West Point, N.Y. It was Cadets coach Jack Emmer's 240th victory and his 100th at Army.

After the Big Red went ahead 6-5 midway through the third quarter, Yastrzemsky scored two goals in the last two minutes of the period to put Army ahead for good.

* Georgetown 13, Butler 6: Freshman attackman Greg McCavera scored three goals to help Georgetown (1-0) past Butler (0-1) in Washington. The Hoyas outshot Butler, 51-18.

* Delaware 10, Yale 9: Freshman Kevin Lavey scored three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 2 1/2 minutes to play, to lift Delaware (1-0) past Yale (0-1) in Villanova, Pa. It was the Blue Hens' first victory in 10 meetings with the Bulldogs.

* Goucher 12, Merchant Marine 6: Chris Corr scored three goals to propel Goucher (1-0) over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (0-1) at Homewood Field.

* St. Mary's 14, Lynchburg 12: Doug Stark scored four to power host St. Mary's (1-0) past Lynchburg (0-1).

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