CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. James Pannell scored a career-high seven goals and Mark Cockerton tied a career high with seven points as the fourth-ranked Virginia pulled away from No. 8 Syracuse for a 17-12 win on Saturday night at Klöckner Stadium.
Virginia (6-0 overall, 1-0 ACC) won its ACC opener for the first time since 2012 and is now 32-5 all-time at Klöckner Stadium in night games.
Syracuse (2-2, 0-2) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on goals by Hakeem Lecky, Kevin Rice and Henry Schoonmaker. The goal by Schoonmaker capped the run at 5:58 in the first period.
Virginia retaliated with a 6-0 run and the Cavaliers never trailed again. Pannell started the run scoring the first two goals of his career night. The first came on a Zed Williams assist at 5:58. Ryan Tucker, Cockerton and Pat Harbeson all tallied scores before Pannell finished the spurt with his third goal of the game at the 11:05 mark.
Rice scored again at the 8:07 marker in the second period to bring the Orange within two goals, 6-4. Pannell scored again at 5:45 to push the lead back three goals, 7-4.
Syracuse cut its deficit to one goal, 7-6, after scores by Scott Loy and Randy Staats.
Virginia went into the intermission on a roll when Rob Emery hit a big goal with 7.7 seconds left in the second period. The goal gave the Cavs an 8-6 lead at the break.
A 3-1 Syracuse run to start the third quarter tied it at 9-9. Staats brought the game even on a Loy pass at 7:39.
The Cavaliers then answered with four consecutive goals to separate themselves by four, 13-9. Owen Van Arsdale scored on a Cockerton helper with 3:42 left in the third period to cap the run.
Lecky scored at 1:53 in the third quarter to cut the Syracuse deficit to three goals, 13-10.
Virginia finished the game on a 4-2 run to secure its sixth victory. A Williamss missile with 7:02 left in the game halted the Syracuse run and started the final Virginia streak that secured the game. The goal was the first of Williamss collegiate career.
Mick Parks won 24-of-31 faceoffs for the Cavaliers. His 24 wins rank No. 2 all-time in the Virginia record books for faceoff wins in a game.