Saturday Roundup: Stanwick Injury Adds to Virginia's Woes; Notre Dame Karaoke
A season of misbehavior and misfortune for the University of Virginia men's lacrosse team did not get any more promising this week for the Cavaliers. Steele Stanwick, a senior attackman and Tewaaraton Trophy candidate who scored the game-winning goal last week against North Carolina, injured his foot and was inactive for Virginia's 13-11 loss Saturday at Duke.
It's only the latest hiccup for the Cavaliers, the coaches' preseason favorite to win the NCAA Division I championship, who have already issued suspensions to seniors Adam Ghitelman, Rhamel Bratton and Shamel Bratton (twice) this season and lost starting defenseman Matt Lovejoy to season-ending shoulder surgery. Lovejoy's injury further handicapped a defense that ranks just 37th in Division I in terms of goals allowed per game.
Virginia has lost every game against Duke since John Danowski took over the Blue Devils in 2007. Duke eliminated the Cavaliers in the NCAA semifinals last year en route to its first national championship. The Blue Devils have won 10 of the last 11 games in the series.
For all their recent troubles, the Cavs were still ranked seventh in the latest USILA Division I poll.
Notre Dame's freshman karaoke challenge
As Notre Dame, the last remaining undefeated team in Division I, prepares for its Big East game against St. John's, assistant coach Gerry Byrne passed along the latest video in the ND Lax TV series on YouTube -- a bus karaoke competition filmed during the team's trip back to South Bend following a 6-2 victory over Penn State.
My vote goes to Chris Prevoznik for his hysterical rendition of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."
Loyola-Georgetown moved to Sunday
Severe weather moving up the Atlantic Coast from the Southeast through the Mid-Atlantic region and into the Northeast -- which caused the Virginia-Duke game to be moved up to 11 a.m. Saturday -- has resulted in the postponement of No. 20 Loyola's game at Georgetown. Originally scheduled to be played late Saturday, the game was moved up to 3:15 p.m. and then postponed to Sunday at 3 p.m.