February 8, 2014

Virginia Edges Richmond, 13-12, in Spiders' Debut

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Virginia Recap

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia attackman James Pannell led all scorers with four goals to elevate the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers (2-0) over the Richmond Spiders (0-1) on Saturday afternoon, 13-12, in front of 4,249 fans at Robins Stadium. It was the inaugural game for the Richmond men's lacrosse program.

"We are pleased and proud to be able to be a part of Richmond's first game," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I thought it was a great atmosphere and setting for a game."

Virginia started the game with a 6-2 lead, but Richmond scored seven-straight goals that catapulted UR into the lead. The run helped the Spiders cruised into the intermission with a 9-8 advantage.

"We were a little sleepy early in the game and I would have liked to see us come out and be a little more alert," said Starsia. "Richmond, who was playing with a lot of enthusiasm, was able to come out and jump on a bunch of things. It seemed like a lot of their opportunities came off restarts, second chances and offensive rebounds. Generally that is a sign of alertness overall. I think on that ledger, Richmond had an advantage. We battled, we fought and I am not going to turn my nose up at a 2-0 start for us. I am happy to get this one behind us."

During UVa's opening run, the Cavaliers saw first collegiate goals by Zach Wood and Ryan Lukacovic. Mark Cockerton scored an extra-man goal with 1:06 left in the first period to give UVa the 6-2 lead. UVa did not score again for 12:25 of playing time while Richmond reeled off seven-straight goals. Cockerton broke the scoring hiatus for UVa with his second goal at 1:26. The Cavaliers won the ensuing faceoff courtesy of Mick Parks, which led to a Tyler German goal with 7.7 seconds left in the first half, bringing UVa to within a goal, 9-8, at the break.

Richmond started the second half scoring on an unassisted goal by Mitchell Goldberg, 17 seconds into the third period. Richmond did not score again for the next 17:49, during a span when UVa took an 11-10 advantage. Greg Coholan, German and Pannell each scored their second goals of the game during the 3-0 UVa run that ended the third period.

Alex Hatem brought Richmond even, 11-11, on a goal assisted by Cory Palmer with 12:04 left in the game. UVa wasted no time taking the lead back for good five seconds later when Parks won the ensuing faceoff. Parks immediately found Pannell five seconds later, giving UVa the 12-11 lead. Pannell scored again on a Rob Emery helper with 7:54 left to give UVa a 13-11 lead. Richmond inched closer at 7:44 on a Michael Burns goal, but that was the game's last score. UVa held on for the one-goal victory.

Virginia won the battle of shots (46-24), ground balls (43-31), while faceoffs were a draw (14-14). Richmond made 14 saves in the cage to UVa's five.

Pannell led UVa with four goals and one assist, while Cockerton, Coholan and German all had two goals. Scott McWilliams and Joseph Lisicky each caused four turnovers, while Tanner Scales caused three turnovers. Goldberg led Richmond with three goals and two assists. Dan Ginestro earned the honor of scoring the first goal in Richmond men's lacrosse program history.

Virginia returns to action on Feb. 15 when the Cavaliers travel to the City of Brotherly Love for its annual tilt with the Drexel Dragons. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.



Richmond Recap

RICHMOND -- They are not just happy to be here.

Following almost a year and a half of waiting from the point of hiring head coach Dan Chemotti, the Richmond Spiders played their first Division I men's lacrosse game and competed, with a chance to win at the end. The Spiders took a halftime lead over #7 Virginia, but were outscored by one goal in a 13-12 result at Robins Stadium in front of a festive 4,249 fans. Virginia improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Spiders start 0-1.

Down 2-0 in the opening period, freshman attackman Dan Ginestro (Syracuse, N.Y.) made school history with the first goal on an assist from fellow freshman Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) and the Spiders were on the board.

"I did the easy part," said Ginestro afterward. "Mitch found me in a good spot and it went in."

It was Ginestro's first shot attempt of the game.

Virginia built a 5-1 lead before Richmond scored two of the last three goals of the period, with Ginestro finding the back of the net twice in the frame.

Richmond scored not only the last goal of the first quarter, but the first six goals of the second to take a 9-6 lead over the ranked Cavaliers. Goldberg had a pair of goals in the second period. Virginia scored the final two goals of the second and Richmond took a 9-8 lead into the half.

"I told the guys we're going to drop some balls and Virginia was going to score," said Chemotti. "I also told them that Virginia was going to drop some balls and we were going to score. They settled down and got into the game and competed."

Richmond shot 16 times in the first half, scoring nine times, while the Cavs scored eight times on 20 shot attempts through the first two quarters.

The Spiders played two goalies in the game, with freshman Conor Shannon (Ridgefield, Conn.) collecting nine saves in the first half on eight goals allowed.

Scoring was tougher in the second half, with Virginia outpacing the Spiders 5-3 in goalscoring in the victory. Freshman Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va. / Woodberry Forest School) made five saves in his first collegiate action.

Just 17 seconds into the second half, Goldberg found the back of the net for the first hat trick in team history. The Cavs scored the last three goals of the period, however, for the one-goal advantage to the fourth. Goldberg's three goals were just one short of the game-high total of four, by Virginia's James Pannell.

Each team scored twice in the fourth quarter, and the Spiders had possession with 80 seconds left, but could not get a shot off for a potential game-tying goal.

Seven different Spiders scored goals in this opening game of the program's history. Ginestro and midfielder Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.Y.) had two goals each.

The Spiders collected 14 saves to Virginia's five. The win in net went to freshman keeper Matt Barrett, who made five saves. Pugh took the loss (0-1).

The Spiders will remain at home to host Hartford next Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

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