In a game that was one of the lowest scoring in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament history, the Virginia Cavaliers turned in a stellar defensive effort, scratching out a 6-5 win against the Princeton Tigers Sunday afternoon.
Despite Princeton outshooting Virginia 34-25, the Cavs made stops when they needed to, including some key blocked shots in the final seconds. Rob Fortunato made eight saves in net for Virginia, while Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito made 12.
It appeared as if Virginia was going to run away with the game early, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter. Princeton would claw back into the game with some goals and stout defense, as Virginia scored just one goal in the second half of the game. Despite the tough defense, Princeton never tied the score or took the lead all afternoon.
Princeton's Tom Schreiber had a game-high four points on two goals and two assits. His teammate, Jeff Froccaro added two goals of his own. Virginia was also paced by a pair of two-goal scorers, as Chris Bocklet and Colin Briggs had key tallies to propel the Cavs to a victory.
Virginia moves on to the national quarterfinals, where they will play the winner of Sunday's Notre Dame-Yale contest.
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