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Men's lacrosse National Player of the Week (Feb. 13): Ian Laviano, Virginia

Freshman attackman Ian Laviano had five goals and one assist in his college debut to propel No. 10 Virginia to a 13-12 double-overtime win against No. 12 Loyola Maryland on Saturday to earn The Baltimore Sun's National Player of the Week honor.
Freshman attackman Ian Laviano had five goals and one assist in his college debut to propel No. 10 Virginia to a 13-12 double-overtime win against No. 12 Loyola Maryland on Saturday to earn The Baltimore Sun's National Player of the Week honor. (Virginia Athletics)

Ian Laviano, Virginia, freshman,

Laurel Hollow, N.Y., attackman

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Almost a year after freshman midfielder Dox Aitken sparked Virginia to a 16-15 win against Loyola Maryland, the No. 10 Cavaliers earned another eye-opening performance from a rookie in their 13-12 double-overtime decision over the No. 12 Greyhounds on Saturday. After scoring two goals in the first half, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Laviano had a hand in four goals of a 6-0 run that helped Virginia turn an 8-3 deficit in the third quarter into a 9-8 lead in the fourth. Laviano’s five goals were the most by a freshman in his debut in the program’s season opener since Kevin Pehlke scored five in 1990. And Laviano’s six points were the most by a Cavaliers rookie since Drew McKnight had two goals and four assists in 1997.

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