Notebook: Virginia captain LaPierre to miss rest of season

St. Mary's grad Lamolinara in line to start in Syracuse net vs. Villanova

March 21, 2013|Courtesy of Inside Lacrosse

Virginia senior midfielder and solo captain Chris LaPierre will forgo the rest of the season, Virginia coach Dom Starsia said Wednesday.

"You feel for a kid in that situation," Starsia said. "He came in with this class, feels responsible to this class, but obviously he's been struggling with an ailment."

LaPierre injured his posterior cruciate ligament in the Cavaliers' first practice of the season, then appeared in games against Drexel, Syracuse and Vermont, but has not played the past two weeks.

LaPierre was a second-team All-American in 2012 but was limited to three ground balls, a caused turnover, three shots and zero points in limited action this season. He entered 2013 as a preseason first-team All-American and was featured on the cover of the February issue of Inside Lacrosse because of his ability and the way it was expected his game would flourish under the new rules.

•Sophomore goalie Rhody Heller started in place of freshman Dan Marino on Saturday in the Cavaliers' overtime loss to Ohio State. Starsia said the choice was based on his feeling that Marino needed a "breather" to calm down in the crease and that Heller had had a good week of practice. He said the decision wasn't affected by injury or an off-field issue.

It was Heller's second start and fourth appearance; Marino has started six games for the 5-3 Cavaliers. Heller's stopping 48.7 percent of shots he sees, while Marino's at 45 percent.

Starsia indicated he hadn't made a decision on who will start against Johns Hopkins on Saturday at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.

"I think you'll see Dan again soon, and if either of them take ownership over the job and really stand out, then we'll stick with one for longer, but otherwise it may be here and there," Starsia said.

•Syracuse goalie Dominic Lamolinara (St. Mary's) might have earned the starting job for the Orange. Syracuse coach John Desko said Thursday that he'd be "extremely surprised" if Lamolinara did not start Saturday's game against Villanova.

The junior, who transferred to Syracuse from Maryland before his sophomore year, gave the Orange a spark last week in a win against Johns Hopkins, making five saves and allowing two goals after relieving Bobby Wardwell. Against Providence this week, he started, making 11 saves on 16 shots before being relieved as the Orange played backups.

•Georgetown senior Brian Casey, a starting attackman, missed Wednesday's loss against Loyola with a leg injury and is unlikely to play against Duke (6-4) on Saturday in Durham, N.C.

Freshman goalie Alex Joyce, who started the first two games, is out indefinitely with an unspecified injury. And freshman Warner Bailey, the top reserve defenseman, is likely to miss the rest of the season with an injury; he might apply for a medical redshirt.

Georgetown's injury bug is such that redshirt junior Tyler Knarr, one of the top faceoff men in the nation, missed the final draw Wednesday night with a minor cut on his knee. Knarr won 16 of 23 faceoffs before the final one (the Hoyas lost it). In a 16-8 victory over Providence on Saturday, Knarr won 19 of 27 draws.

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