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#2 UVa Lax Ready for Showdown at #15 Cornell

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James Pannell is #2 in the nation in scoring James Pannell is #2 in the nation in scoring

The Virginia men's lacrosse team has moved up two spots in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week, and is now ranked 2nd in the nation.

The 'Hoos will hit the road this weekend, as they play at 15th ranked Cornell.

UVa is off to a perfect 6-0 start to the season.  

After winning their first three games by just one goal each, the Wahoos have beaten Rutgers, Mount St. Mary's, and Syracuse convincingly, out-scoring them by an average of six goals per game.

Junior defenseman Greg Danseglio says, "Losing a bunch of those ACC games last season, we wanted to come out and make a statement that Virginia lacrosse was back.  I think we were playing our best lacrosse last week in Syracuse, and we're hoping to build off of that, and keep continuing down the line in this tough stretch of games we have the next couple of weeks."

Head coach Dom Starsia adds, "Cornell is a team with a lot of experience and pride, and also undefeated at this point.  I'm sure they are looking at this match-up for themselves.  I'm sure they have a lot of confidence at this moment.  We're going to have to go up there and make this happen for ourselves, because they're certainly not going to hand us anything."

UVA's James Pannell is very familiar with the Big Red, as the sophomore's older brother Rob won the Tewaaraton Award as a senior at Cornell last season.

Pannell says, "I've been going there for a long time, so it'll be fun.  I like that stadium.  It's a good stadium, good place.  There's a lot of good guys on that team, so it should be fun."

The temperature is expected to be in the 30's in Upstate New York Saturday.

"It feels like Ithaca right here in Charlottesville," says head coach Dom Starsia.  "I think this it what it's going to be like Saturday up there.  It's what the whole winter's been like.  I've been here 22 years.  This isn't what you promised me when I came down here.  Our team has responded, we've been able to get out and practice for the most part, consistently, despite the weather, so I don't think there will be any issue."

Virginia and Cornell will square off Saturday at noon in Ithaca.
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