No. 8 Virginia Barely Escapes a Midweek Meeting with Vermont

After being outshot in the first half 22-15, UVa won the battle for the game 43-30, holding Vermont to only eight shots in the second half. Ground balls were even in the first half (19-19), but UVa also came out on top of that battle in the final stat lines, 32-26. Vermont won the faceoffs 14-12, being called for seven 30-second warnings to UVa's four. Virginia scored two of its goals off those warnings.

Van Arsdale led all players with five points (two goals and three assists), while Emery had one goal and three assists. Yager was Vermont's top scorer with four goals.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday when the No. 3 Cornell Big Red invades Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia tallied two goals in the final 4:14 of the fourth period to edge out visiting Vermont 12-10 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va. With the win, the eighth-ranked Cavaliers move to 5-1, while Vermont drops to 1-4.

The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead after tallying the first two goals of the contest, but Vermont answered back with three straight scores. Tim Yager, Andrew Buckanavage and Drew Philie each netted a goal to give the Catamounts a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.

Vermont tallied three of the first four goals of the second period, including two more scores from Yager, to take a 6-3 lead with 4:32 to play in the half. Matt White netted the final two goals of the period a minute apart to cut Virginia's deficit to one, 6-5, heading into halftime.

UVM held the lead for the majority of the first half after outshooting the Cavaliers 22-15 and holding an 8-5 advantage in the faceoff circle.

Virginia outscored Vermont 2-1 in the third period to even things up, 7-7, heading into the final frame. Owen Van Arsdale picked up two points in the period on a goal and an assist. Graham Horvath scored the lone goal in the third for Vermont off a feed from A.J. Masson.

The Catamounts took a 9-7 lead three minutes into the fourth frame after goals from Horvath and Yager, with Patrick Clark assisting on both scores. The Cavaliers answered back with three straight goals, including two from Ryan Tucker, and held a 10-9 advantage with 5:26 to play.

Philie notched his second tally of the game with 4:45 remaining to bring Vermont back even, 10-10, but Virginia scored the final two goals of the game to earn the 12-10 victory.

Yager led the Catamounts with four goals, while Philie and Horvath each chipped in two apiece. Clark had a team-high two assists on the day.

Dan Marino earned the win in goal for Virginia, after entering the game at the end of the first half and making eight saves. Justin Rosenberg made eight saves for Vermont in the losing effort.

Vermont held a 14-12 advantage on faceoffs, with Andrew Muscara leading the way, winning 13 out of 24 draws.

The Catamounts are back in action on Friday (Mar. 8) when they face Quinnipiac in Severna Park, Md. at 7:45 p.m.

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