Virginia senior midfielder Rob Emery has been named as a candidate for the men's lacrosse senior CLASS award, which is given out each season for excellence on and off the field.
CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.
The UVa men's lacrosse team is ranked 5th in the nation, and sports a perfect 3-0 record, but it could have been a much different start to the season, as every win has come by just one goal.
Junior midfielder Ryan Tucker says, "We all can agree it's taken a couple of years off of our lives. All the stress with all these one goal games, but it's pretty special to have done something like that."
"A little hair-raising, frankly," says head coach Dom Starsia. "I can do with perhaps a couple of easier games, but if you told me we were going to win one-goal games the rest of the way, I could live with that also."
The Cavaliers finished 1-3 in one-goal games last season.
Emery says, "Last year, that's where we struggled a lot, was the one goal games, so to right that aspect of our game has been nice."
Tucker adds, "Everyone is buying in, and just doing the little things, and they just add up. If they add up to a goal in each of those games, then we're doing our job, so it's great."
There hasn't been a game at Klockner Stadium since the big snow storm. The UVa women have moved a couple of games over to the U-Hall Turf Field, but the Cavaliers are confident Klockner will be ready for Rutgers on Saturday.
Starsia says, "With what's gone on the past couple of days, we've been concerned about it. The practice field adjacent to our field was a swamp yesterday, but we were up at Klockner today, and frankly we could play a game there this afternoon, if we had to."
Emery adds, "We're just trying to work on executing the things we can control, which is, passing, catching, executing our shots, making saves, getting faceoffs. Regardless of what the playing surface is like, if we can take care of those things, that we can play a good game this weekend."
Virginia will host Rutgers Saturday at five o'clock.
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