Virginia drops 3rd in a row as Syracuse prevails, 18-12

College Lacrosse

March 07, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- No. 9 Virginia's losing streak and Syracuse's dominance of the Cavaliers continued yesterday as the defending national champions lost for the third straight time, this time to the No. 2 Orangemen, 18-12, at Klockner Stadium.

Sophomore attackman Brian Crockett torched Virginia goalkeeper Tillman Johnson and the Cavaliers for six goals to lead Syracuse (2-0), which is 9-2 against Virginia in the teams' past 11 meetings. Michael Powell and Steve Vallone had three goals each for Syracuse.

The Orangemen took just 34 seconds to grab a 1-0 lead on Crockett's first goal of the day. Powell scored less than a minute later, pushing the lead to 2-0. The Cavaliers responded by scoring five of the next six goals to take a 5-3 lead, but the Orangemen went on a 9-2 run late in the second quarter and early in the third.

It's the first time in three years that Virginia (1-3), which played without injured attackman John Christmas (groin), has lost three straight.

Sophomore Matt Ward scored three goals and had four assists for Virginia, and Joe Yevoli added three goals and two assists.

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