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Men’s Lacrosse: Kraus lifts #12 UVA past Brown in OT, 14-13

UVA men’s lacrosseUVA attackman Michael Kraus scored his fifth goal of the game with 1:02 left in the first overtime to lift #12 UVA (4-2, 1-0 ACC) past the Brown Bears (2-2, 0-0 Ivy), 14-13, on Sunday afternoon at Klöckner Stadium.

Virginia won the overtime faceoff and with 1:02 left in the extra fame Kraus scored from 10 yards out on a clear look from Mikey Herring. It was Kraus’ fifth goal of the game and capped a 6-1 UVA run to end the game. It was the second week in a row UVA used a 6-1 run to end a game and win in overtime, winning at then-No. 14 Syracuse last time out (15-14).

The game was the third consecutive contest for the Cavaliers that went to overtime. It marks the first time in program history that UVA has played three consecutive overtime games and won each of them. It was the third time in program history UVA has played three consecutive overtime games. In the 1980 NCAA Tournament won two (Cornell & UNC) and lost in double-overtime in the NCAA final against Johns Hopkins. During the 2017 regular season UVA one won (Cornell), followed by two losses (Notre Dame & Johns Hopkins).

The Bears went up 12-8 with 14:42 left in the game after Carson Song capped a 7-2 Brown run. Dox Aitken responded with a goal on a Matt Moore helper with 11:11 left in the game, jumpstarting a 6-1 UVA sprint to close the day.

After Ian Laviano scored on a Herring assist with 8:03 left, Brown scored its last goal of the game in transition from George Pike. The Pike goal gave the Bears a three-goal lead, 13-10, with 6:52 left to play. The Pike goal came after Laviano was stuffed on the crease by Brown goalie Phil Goss.

Laviano responded on another Herring helper at 5:51, cutting UVA’s deficit back to two goals, 13-11. Petey LaSalla won the faceoff again for UVA and Kraus found Matt Moore with 5:05 left, cutting the deficit to one goal, 13-12.

After an unnecessary roughness call on Brown’s Matt McShea on the ensuing faceoff, Kraus tied the game with an extra-man goal at 3:21 via a Ryan Conrad helper. UVA won the following faceoff but could not find nylon to close regulation. Brown had the ball for the final two minutes of regulation but managed only two shots, one saved by UVA goalie Alex Rode. LaSalla won the overtime faceoff, setting up Kraus’ heroics, but not without some drama first.

It appeared Brown stopped UVA on two different occasions in overtime, but failed two clears to give the ball back to UVA. None were more important for UVA then when Jared Conners stripped Brown’s Riley Stewart to set up the game’s final sequence. In a game that saw 45 combined turnovers, Brown made 11 of theirs in the fourth quarter and overtime.

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