Virginia Lacrosse Surges Out Of Gates

Virginia Cavaliers
The Hoos are off to a 6-0 start for the second straight season. ~ Photo by Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The Virginia men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 6-0 start this season with wins against Harvard, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins coming against ranked opponents. It’s the second straight season with a fast start for the Hoos.

With a matchup between No. 1 UVA and No. 3 Maryland up next in a HEADstrong Foundation game, it’s a great checkpoint for where the Wahoos stand before ACC play starts later this month.

Virginia Offense Clicking

The first thing to note about the start of the Cavaliers’ season is how the offense has started. Through its first six games, Virginia is averaging 20.17 goals per game. Not only do the Hoos lead the nation in this category, but this is the best start the offense has had since coach Lars Tiffany has arrived.

Even after losing contributors like Matt Moore, who holds the UVA single-season points record, the unit has improved. A reason for this is the team’s ability to share the ball as Virginia leads the nation in assists per game with 13.33. While there are obvious stars like Connor Shellenberger and Xander Dickson, the ball movement has allowed other players to contribute and come into their roles early in the season. Ultimately this leads to a more efficient and effective offense. Shellenberger, by the way, sets everyone up for better shots – he has 24 assists this season, meaning he has dished out a helper on nearly 20% of the team’s 121 goals!