Princeton snaps No. 2 UVA’s 10-game win streak with 16-12 upset

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

UVA men’s lacrosseNo. 2 Virginia dropped its first game of the season, 16-12, to Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium. The loss snapped UVA’s 10-game winning streak that dated back to an April 13, 2019 loss at Duke.

HOW IT HAPPENED

With Virginia leading, 7-6, with 3:58 left in the second quarter, the Tigers (3-0) went on a 6-1 run that put the Cavaliers (2-1) on their heels for the rest of the afternoon. UVA scored on a Matt Moore singer at 4:06 in the second to tie the game, 6-6. On the ensuing faceoff, Petey LaSalla won the draw and streaked to give UVA its final lead of the game at 3:58 in the second quarter.

Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Michael Sowers, who tallied eight points in the game (4 goals, 4 assists), started the Princeton run with 1:53 left to play in the second quarter. By the time PU’s Connor McCarthy scored an extra-man goal at 3:02 in the third quarter, the Tigers owned a steady 12-8 lead.

A 4-1 UVA run brought the Cavaliers to within one goal, 13-12, capped when Moore found Ian Laviano with 8:54 left to play. UVA had a chance to tie, but Laviano’s shot was saved and the Tigers ran the transition, resulting in a Princeton goal by Phillip Robertson at 5:11 to start a final 3-0 run that capped the win.

UVA STAT LEADERS

A Michael Kraus — 2 goals, 2 assists

A Matt Moore — 2 goals, 2 assists

A Ian Laviano — 3 goals, 1 assist

GK Alex Rode — 14 saves, 5 GBs

LSM Jared Conners — 7 GBs, 3 CTs

Box Score

NOTES

  • The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak over Princeton. UVA’s last loss to the Tigers was, 8-7, at Klöckner Stadium in 2004.
  • Michael Kraus has at least one point in all 52 career games he has played. That active streak is tied for No. 2 in the nation.
  • Kraus tallied four points and now has 225 for his career, passing Conor Gill (223) and Danny Glading (223) for No. 6 all-time at Virginia.
  • Virginia is now 149-40 all-time at Klöckner Stadium.
  • UVA is 16-11 all-time against Princeton.

FROM THE LOCKER ROOM

“This game was played really fast. That is the way the game is meant to be played. I love how quickly Princeton moves and plays their transition offense and how quickly they got the ball up off the ground. We certainly have to learn from what happened today and learn from our opponent. The pace I think caught us off guard a little bit and I give credit to their players and the Princeton coaching staff.

“I think we’re just starting to realize Princeton isn’t just a one-man team. Michael Sowers is an incredible player, the leader in the Tewaaraton [Trophy] hunt right now, but the people around him are going hard to the goal. They are playing aggressive defense, making plays and picking up key ground balls. That’s a heck of an opponent we just faced today.”– Head Coach Lars Tiffany

UP NEXT

UVA welcomes High Point to Klöckner Stadium on Tues., Feb. 25. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 5 p.m.

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