- The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2006

TOWSON, Md. — Virginia is set to be the nation’s top-ranked lacrosse team when the polls are released today.

The Cavaliers looked every bit like it yesterday against Towson.

Matt Poskay and Garrett Billings both scored three goals and Ben Rubeor added two goals and three assists to lead a balanced offense as Virginia rolled to a 14-7 victory at Unitas Stadium.

“They’re better than anybody in the country,” Towson coach Tony Seaman said. “I’ve told everybody that for three weeks.”

No. 2 Virginia (8-0), off to the best start in program history, likely will rise to the top spot after No.1 Maryland’s midweek loss to Bucknell.

“It was in everyone’s mind, but you just think to yourself it’s great to be it now, but it means nothing pretty much until May,” Poskay said. “That’s when we want to be No.1.”

The Cavaliers will no doubt be in the national title discussion until Memorial Day with the help of an efficient offense. Virginia’s top six is as dangerous as it has been since the Cavaliers won the national title in 2003 and wasted little time yesterday proving it.

Senior midfielder Kyle Dixon fired in a 10-yard dart less than two minutes in, and Danny Glading followed with another goal. Poskay then wrapped a pair of goals around Rubeor’s 12-yard bullet to finish off a near-perfect quarter.

It was much of the same in the second quarter, as Virginia left little doubt to its claim to No.1. The Cavaliers are one of only three undefeated teams — along with No.5 Cornell and No.16 Penn — in Division I.

“I told the team at breakfast we have to be smart enough to know that if we take anything for granted, something is going to come back and bite you,” said Virginia coach Dom Starsia, who earned his 250th career victory. “I give our guys credit for getting right to it today.”

It was a miserable day for the Tigers (2-3), who lost crafty attackman Steve Mull to a sprained ankle early in the second quarter while trailing 6-0. Seaman said Mull likely would miss the next two weeks, but the senior wouldn’t have made much of a difference against the Cavaliers.

Towson committed 26 turnovers, botched nine clears despite a decided faceoff advantage and put only five shots on goal in the first three quarters. The Cavaliers built an 11-1 edge at the break, then quickly added two goals before liberally substituting late in the game.

“They just played as well as they could play for a half and we played as poorly as we could play,” Seaman said. “We gave them second chances and third chances. Everything went wrong that could possibly go wrong in a lacrosse game. I complimented our team on that at halftime: ‘There’s not much more you can do wrong.’”

And as for what will help his struggling team regroup?

“Don’t play Virginia,” Seaman said.

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