The return of the old Steele Stanwick has Virginia in the NCAA lacrosse semifinals for the fourth straight year.
It also has Stanwick in good shape to make a run at some notable postseason records next weekend in Baltimore.
The junior has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in victories over Bucknell and Cornell in the tournament’s first two weekends. That’s just seven points off Matt Ward‘s Virginia record for points in a tournament.
In the last 10 years, only three players have managed 15 points in a postseason for the Cavaliers. Stanwick’s done it twice (G-A-Points):
Matt Ward, 2006: 16-6-22
Ben Rubeor, 2006: 8-8-16
Steele Stanwick, 2009: 7-8-15
Steele Stanwick, 2011: 6-9-15
Consider that Ward and Rubeor had four games to roll up their numbers. Stanwick got his 15 points in three games in 2009.
The overall record for points in a tournament is 25, set by Cornell’s Eamon McEneaney (1977) and matched by the Big Red’s Tim Goldstein (1987).
—- Patrick Stevens