Virginia's Steve Krause took 16 out of 24 face-offs, 12 of them in a row, to lead the top ranked Cavaliers to a 13-8 victory over previously unbeaten Washington and Lee today before a crowd of 13,500.
Kraus' domination and Virginia's superb clearing and defense prevented the Generals from shooting eight straight minutes in the fourth quarter.
A strong second-half won it for the Cavaliers. At halftime they led only 5-4.
Third-ranked Washington and Lee opened with two quick goals, the first one only eight seconds into the game. The second followed by 1 1/2 minute.
"I was scared to death when they started shooting on us like that," Virginia Coach Jim Adams said. "And with that crowd behind them, each goal sounded like a cannon to me."
But Virginia's defense led by John Driscoll and Sonny Esposito -- and aided by defensive mistakes by the Generals -- turned the close game around.
"We couldn't control the ball on offense long enough," Generals Coach Jack Enner said. "At the same time Kraus was wearing us down on the face-offs."
Washington and Lee midfielder John Kamp scored his third goal and second straight goal with 4:30 left in the third quarter to tie the game, 7-7, but then Virginia laced the General defense with four consecutive goals in 3:15 to take an 11-7 fourth period lead. Washington and Lee never recovered. 3
Virginia, recent winner over Maryland, Johns Hopkins and N.C. State, is thus assured of its No. 1 ranking as it prepares to play Navy at Annapolis Saturday..
"I voted last week for myself after we beat Maryland," said Coach Adams, referring to the team's ranking. "And, yes, I think I'll vote for us again this week."