Steele Stanwick (Loyola High) fed fellow senior attackman Chris Bocklet for a fourth-quarter goal that proved to be the difference as No. 5 seed Virginia outlasted visiting Princeton, 6-5, Sunday afternoon in NCAA tournament first-round game.
The six goals were the fewest the Cavaliers (12-3) had ever scored in an NCAA tournament win, and the 11 total goals tied for the fifth-fewest ever in a tournament game.
Bocklet and senior midfielder Colin Briggs led Virginia with two goals apiece, while Stanwick — one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the top college player — added an assist.
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Goalie Tyler Fiorito (McDonogh) made 12 saves for the Tigers (11-5), who got two goals and two assists from Tom Schreiber.
"I thought we were very alert on the defensive side of the ball; I thought offensively we created some good opportunities, but what has been indicative for us for weeks and months is the ball hasn't been jumping in for us," Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. "Today I give Fiorito some credit for that, who is probably as good as a goalie as there is out there."
Virginia advances to the quarterfinal round next Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., where it will play Notre Dame.
No. 4 Notre Dame 13, Yale 7: Jim Marlatt (River Hill) scored a hat trick for the host Fighting Irish (12-2), who got goals from nine different players and sped out to an early 4-0 lead en route to eliminating the Bulldogs (11-5).
For Yale, Deron Dempster scored four goals, Matt Gibson had a goal and four assists and Brandon Mangan hit the net twice, but the team committed 16 turnovers.
John Kemp made 12 saves for Notre Dame, which outscored Yale 7-3 in the second half. The Irish will play No. 5 seed Virginia in the semifinals Sunday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
No 4 Syracuse 15, Dartmouth 5: The host Orange (17-3) rode a dominant second half to a first-round win over the Big Green. Syracuse advances to the quarterfinals, where it will host No. 5 seed North Carolina next weekend.
Senior Sarah Holden tied her career high with four goals to lead a balanced scoring attack for Syracuse, which had nine players find the back of the net. Sophomore Alyssa Murray also tallied four goals, while junior Bridget Daley tied her career high with three points (one goal, two assists).
After the first half ended in a 3-3- tie, the Orange's offense came alive six minutes into the second half. Holden broke the tie and gave Syracuse the lead for good when she started her dodge at the top of the fan and got off a shot from the right side of the net for her second goal of the day at the 23:50 mark. Sophomore Amy Cross scored on a similar play for the Orange before Hana Bowers cut Syracuse's lead to 5-4 with 18:03 on the clock.
Sophomore Katie Webster scored her first goal of the day with 17:04 remaining, sparking a 6-0 run that extended the Orange lead to 11-4 with 8:31 remaining.
No. 7 Duke 11, Virginia 9: Senior Kat Thomas led a balanced Blue Devils offense with three goals, and Duke's defense limited Virginia to just two goals on five shots after the intermission as the host Blue Devils (12-6) advanced to the quarterfinals for the eighth consecutive season.
Katie Slater led the Cavaliers with a four-goal performance, and Morgan Stephens added two. Cavaliers goalie Kim Kolarik (South River) made eight saves.
Duke will visit No. 2 seed Northwestern at 8 p.m. Saturday.