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Chris Bocklet answers questions about scoring for No. 1 Virginia men's lacrosse

Entering the season, questions about Virginia's lacrosse team often centered on its attack and whether it could replace the scoring lost by Danny Glading and Garrett Billings. Eleven games into the season, the Cavaliers are undefeated and ranked No. 1. The scoring has been replaced, in part, by sophomore Chris Bocklet.

Bocklet, who is advertised as having one of the best shots on the team, leads the Cavaliers with 31 goals. No one else has more than 19. Bocklet has made 41.3 percent of his shots, and has led U-Va.'s offense one year after registering only four goals as a reserve.

"After the season last year, I remember one thing that stuck me is guys talking about the attack situation and what we were going to do," Bocklet said. "Ever since the end of [the national semifinals] last year, I wanted to play. I came to Virginia to get out of the field, help win games, help the team out."

During the summer, Bocklet made it a priority to team up with classmate Steele Stanwick and lead the attack. Last season, Bocklet relied on sidearm shots. This season, he's shooting more overhand. He made the change after he struggled to score on goalie Adam Ghitelman in practice last season because his shot's direction was predictable.

"It's more of a consistent shot," Bocklet said of shooting overhand. "You can change directions high to low."

Virginia continues its demanding schedule Saturday against No. 5 Duke on ESPNU. It's the third consecutive weekend the Cavaliers play a top five team. Bocklet said it helps that the team is on a one-game-per-week schedule because the team can spend the entire week focusing on one game. Bocklet compared the mentality and schedule to a week in football.

There is particular motivation on Saturday for the Cavaliers. Not a single player on the team has beaten the Blue Devils, which topped Virginia four times in the past three seasons.

"You can imagine just how we're looking forward to the game," Bocklet said. "Especially the seniors. They've never beat these guys. We were in the same kind of situation last year, and [Duke] came out and outplayed us the whole game."

By Zach Berman  |  April 16, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
 | Tags: Chris Bocklet, Virginia lacrosse  
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