CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When Kevin Pehlke was a senior at Calvert Hall, Loyola was his second college choice. Virginia was his first.
Pehlke scored a career-high seven goals and 10 points yesterday, helping the third-ranked Cavaliers rally to defeat co-No. 1 Loyola, 17-10, in a non-league lacrosse game at Scott Stadium.
It was Loyola's most lopsided loss since a 17-5 defeat to North Carolina four years ago.
The Greyhounds (1-1) led, 6-1, in the first quarter, but Virginia (3-0) controlled the tempo the rest of the way. It went on a 14-1 run and ended the Greyhounds' three-game win streak against the Cavaliers.
"Our new offense allows for a lot more movement off the ball, and we were finding the open man pretty well for our scores," Pehlke said. "This year I'm playing with more confidence and pride. We thought a lot about last year's loss to Loyola [Loyola scored eight unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to beat Virginia, 14-8], and we wanted to show that we were a much different team this year."
Pehlke, the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 1990 and last week's ACC Player of the Week, has scored 13 times on 22 shots in his past two games.
Loyola played a nearly flawless first quarter. Kevin Beach scored twice from just outside the crease, and Bob Curry ran the length of the field to make the score 6-1, beating goalie Tom Groeninger, a Loyola High graduate.
After Drew Fox scored to cut Loyola's lead to 6-2 with less than four minutes to play in the first period, the Cavaliers limited the Greyhounds to one goal, by Gary Miller, in the next 25 minutes of play. By then, Virginia led, 15-7.
"Virginia executed, and we didn't," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "They played at a much higher level, and you have to give them all the credit. We didn't play very well defensively, but then again, we didn't last week, either."
Loyola's co-No. 1, Syracuse, also had a tough day against an ACC opponent, losing, 10-3, at No. 4 North Carolina.