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Virginia lacrosse and Navy lacrosse struggle in losses at Faceoff Classic

Virginia senior Chris LaPierre, a preseason first-team all-American midfielder, chose the uniform combination for the men’s lacrosse team to wear against Johns Hopkins at the Faceoff Classic at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, that was his only contribution.

The school announced on Wednesday that LaPierre will miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury; he is expected to redshirt. For now, though, the Cavaliers are struggling, as they showed in a 15-8 loss to Johns Hopkins before 10,487.

The Cavaliers (5-4) have lost three in a row for the first time since 2004.

The game was the second of a doubleheader. In the first game, Navy’s starting offensive players went 1 for 20 shooting in an 11-3 loss to Colgate.

The loss continued a frustrating stretch for the Midshipmen (3-6, 1-3 Patriot League). In its past three games, Navy is shooting 15 for 88 (17 percent). More important, it has lost all three contests.

“Right now we don’t have a lot of pace of flow on the offensive end. . . . We all see it out there,” said Navy junior Sam Jones, a starting attackman, of the offense’s struggles. “We’re very hesitant. . . . There’s no room in this game for hesitation, that’s the way it is.”

In the second game, the Cavaliers trailed 2-1 following a goal by junior Mark Cockerton with 7 minutes 25 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Blue Jays (6-2) answered with an 8-0 run and led 10-1 following a goal by sophomore Wells Stanwick with 10:10 left in the third quarter.

LaPierre is considered one of the top midfielders in transition and also starts on offense, defense and plays as a faceoff wing. He also is the team’s first solo captain since 1981. As captain, he selects the team uniforms for each game.

“I’m trying not to talk about” missing LaPierre, Virginia Coach Dom Starsia said. “Especially when you’re not winning the ball in the middle of the field. That was where he excelled. The toughness factor he brings overall is something we always drew strength from. The fact of the matter is we need other guys to step up.”

Cockerton finished with four goals but Virginia’s defense struggled. The Cavaliers opened in a zone but were out of it after six possessions. By then, the Blue Jays had scored three goals and hit the crossbar with a shot. Stanwick, freshman Ryan Brown  and junior Rex Sanders finished with three goals each for Johns Hopkins.

The first game also featured a team on a three-game losing streak — Navy.

Colgate (7-2, 2-0) had reached the NCAA quarterfinals last year for the first time in program history and senior Peter Baum won the Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the top player in the sport.

Yet Navy won last year’s meeting, 12-11, on a goal by Jones with 3.4 seconds left.

Jones and classmate Tucker Hull, a starting attackman, had been a prolific one-two punch for Navy. Jones entered Saturday leading the team in scoring. Hull led it in scoring last year. And the two shared the team lead in points in 2011.

On Saturday, they were held scoreless in the same game for the first time.

Colgate sophomore Matt Yeager held Jones to 0 for 5 shooting with six turnovers. Junior Bobby Lawrence held Hull to 0 for 4 and one turnover.

Meantime, Baum finished with three goals and sophomore Ryan Walsh added four goals and three assists for the Raiders. Baum and Walsh scored twice in the opening eight minutes as the Raiders took a 4-0 lead. Navy closed to 4-2 on a goal by freshman Patrick Keena early in the second quarter but got no closer.

Navy finished the game by missing 16 of its final 17 shots.

When asked about the offense, Navy Coach Rick Sowell said: “That’s a good question. We don’t have a Peter Baum or a Ryan Walsh. Most teams would like to have those two. . . . We just can’t put our finger on it.”

NORTH CAROLINA 10, MARYLAND 8: The top-ranked Terrapins gave up three goals each to sophomores Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey as the Tar Heels (5-3, 1-1 ACC) won at Byrd Stadium. Seniors Kevin Cooper and Owen Blye each had two goals and an assist for Maryland (6-1, 1-1). Maryland had been ranked No. 1 since mid-February.

DUKE 19, GEORGETOWN 7: The visiting Hoyas (3-5) trailed 16-3 following a goal by junior Jordan Wolf late in the third quarter. Wolf finished with four goals for the No. 13 Blue Devils (7-4). Senior Jason McFadden had three goals for Georgetown.



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