CHARLOTTESVILLE – Here’s a serious question for those loyal readers with an interest in both football and lacrosse:
Would Al Groh have a 15-0 lead at halftime in a hypothetical matchup with Virginia?
Maybe. But the fact is, Dom Starsia’s bunch have taken Villanova behind the woodshed here at Klockner Stadium.
Brian Carroll has four goals. Steele Stanwick and John Haldy both have hat tricks. Everyone on Virginia’s starting attack, first and second midfield and normal extra-man unit have a point.
Villanova, meanwhile, has two shots on goal (both saved by Adam Ghitelman) and has been outshot 31-5.
There is a serious chance the NCAA tournament record for largest margin of defeat could fall today. The biggest blowout in tournament history was Syracuse’s 28-7 battering of Michigan State in 1991. Given this first half, a six-goal edge for Virginia in the final 30 minutes isn’t impossible.
One other note: It’s safe to pencil to Virginia into the quarterfinals. That’ll place all four ACC teams in the round-of-8 for the first time ever.
More to come as this bludgeoning unfolds.