April 5, 2014

Monster 4th Quarter Lifts Richmond Over Furman

from press release

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Richmond men's lacrosse outscored Furman 7-2 in the fourth quarter and captured both its first road win and Atlantic Sun Conference win in a 13-10 result at Paladin Stadium Saturday. A trio of Spiders posted a pair of fourth-quarter goals in the come-from-behind win, Richmond's first second-half comeback in this first season of Division I lacrosse. The Spiders improve to 3-8, 1-1 in the ASun. The Paladins are 0-10, 0-2 in league play in their inaugural season.

"This feels really good," said Spiders head coach Dan Chemotti. "Furman came out of the gates strong and put us on our heels. The team stayed loose on the field, played unselfishly and the right guys stepped up to make plays when we needed them. We were very proud of the resolve that our guys showed in the fourth quarter."

Down 8-5 with a little over two minutes remaining in the third, the Spiders scored eight of the last 10 goals of the game over the final 17:22 to get the win. The seven-goal quarter matched the most the Spiders netted in a period, which they secured in the second quarter in the Vermont win on March 8.

The Paladins scored two quick goals in the first 81 seconds, but Richmond responded with three straight goals to take the lead over the next three minutes of the opening period.

J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) got the Spiders on the board first with a pass from Dan Ginestro (Syracuse, N.Y.) at the 12:43 mark.

Two minutes later, Brad Burnam (Nedrow, N.Y.) had his first goal on a long feed from Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.Y.) to tie the game less than five minutes in the opening frame.

Nearly three minutes later, Ginestro found the back of the net from Burnam for the 3-2 lead.

Furman scored twin goals in a ten-second period to end the first with a 4-3 lead. The Paladins scored a goal in the opening minute of the second quarter for their second two-goal lead of the half.

Spider junior Nate Volpert (Radnor, Pa.) got the first goal of his varsity career with 8:18 to go in the half to pull the score back to within one and Burnam followed with his second of the day to tie it at five before a man-up goal from the Paladins with 1:06 remaining posted the 6-5 halftime lead.

Furman scored the first two goals of the third quarter for the 8-5 lead, their largest of the day. That's when freshman midfielder Mike Burns (Wilton, Conn.) picked up the ball in the defensive zone and sprinted the length of the field to score with 2:22 remaining and start to shift the momentum back on the Spiders side.

Hatem, Forester and Jean-Luc Chetner all scored twice in the fourth, with Chetner's pair tying and giving Richmond the lead for good at 5:58 and 4:17 to go in the game.

"Our defense played great as a unit in the second half," added Chemotti. "The way these guys stormed back was impressive. We are still learning how to win, but I could not ask for anything more than this first one."

Burnam and Forester logged three goals to tie their career highs for the Spiders to lead all players in the game.

Long pole midfielder Brendan Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) broke his own school record with a game-high nine ground balls in the game. Goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va. / Woodberry Forest School) recorded eight saves and all three Richmond wins (3-6) this season.

The Spiders will play their last two home games of the season over the next two weekends, starting with High Point next Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Robins Stadium. Admission is free.

NOTES: Forester has scored a goal in seven-straight games, the longest active streak on the team and setting a new consecutive streak for a Spider this season... Chetner and Hatem have logged a point in all 11 Richmond games this season... Hynes has at least eight ground balls in three games this season... The Spiders are 3-3 in their last six contests.

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