The #7 Virginia men's lacrosse team gave away an eight-goal 4th quarter lead, but rallied to beat #12 Loyola 14-13 in overtime Thursday.
Sophomore James Pannell scored the game-winner for the Cavaliers with 2:16 left in OT.
UVa led 12-4 heading into the final frame, but the Greyhounds scored nine goals in a row to take the lead with 17 seconds remaining.
The Wahoos won the ensuing faceoff, and junior Ryan Tucker scored as time expired to send the game into the extra period.
Head coach Dom Starsia says, "Maybe I'm crazy, and I might have some bias on this, but I'm certain the buzzer went off after the ball went in the goal. I heard it clearly. The referee was standing next to me. I thought they got it right on that call."
Virginia outscored Loyola 8-0 over the 2nd and 3rd periods.
"I can't remember a game quite like this," says Starsia. "I've had some games where it has been a severe momentum swing, but not to this degree. It certainly is a great win for us at the end of the day, and a good way for us to start the season."
Pannell scored a game-high four goals, including the game winner.
"I wish, when it was around 12-4, it stayed like that," said Pannell. "But to win this, to come back and win that in overtime, when we were up by so many goals, and to have a comeback like that is huge. Big win for us."
Virginia (1-0) returns to action Saturday at Richmond at one o'clock.
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