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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VAJunior midfielder Brian Carroll scored the first three goals of the game to lift second-ranked Virginia to a 10-2 win over Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday night at Klckner Stadium for the Cavaliers’ fourth win in a row.

“Give Mount St. Mary’s credit for playing hard,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia after the game. “I thought our defense actually got better as the game went on, but I thought they were pretty good all night in terms of picking the ball up especially, trying to limit them to one possession.”

Carroll scored on UVa’s first two shots of the game in the opening two-and-a-half minutes as the Cavaliers were never really threatened the rest of the game. Virginia had a sizable advantage in shots, outshooting the Mount 60-16.

After the opening barrage the game slowed to a more deliberate pace as Mount St. Mary’s put together many long possessions.

“They clearly wanted to take some time off the clock … and I don’t have any problem with that,” said Starsia. “It can be a little bit frustrating when you’re not scoring and they’re holding the ball, so it’s not quite what you hope for but it was a workman-like win at the end of the day.”

The Virginia defense held the Mount scoreless until early in the fourth quarter until Cody Lehrer scored on a two-man advantage. Lehrer’s goal came on just the 10th shot of the game by Mount St. Mary’s.

Once Carroll had given Virginia a 3-0 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter six different Cavaliers scored the team’s final seven goals. Shamel Bratton tallied twice for his first multi-goal game of the season. Midfielder Nick Elsmo and longstick middie Mike Timms both scored their first goal of the season. Timms’ goal in particular was a terrific example of staying with the play. After committing a turnover on a faceoff he swatted the ball away from Brendan Flanagan in front of the cage, picked up the loose ball and sent a shot past a surprised T.C. DiBartolo for the second goal of his career.

For his part DiBartolo was outstanding in goal and finished with a career-high 21 saves. In last season’s game against the Cavaliers he made 18 saves while playing just the first half.

Faceoff specialist Chad Gaudet helped the Cavaliers gain possession by winning 11 of 16 faceoffs. Virginia scored two goals immediately after winning a faceoff, including Gaudet’s assist on Shamel Bratton’s first goal of the game.

Adam Ghitelman recorded four saves before giving way to freshman Rob Fortunato for the final 2:24.

Virginia travels to Central New York Friday to face the top-ranked Syracuse Orange at 7 pm at the Carrier Dome. WINA AM 1070, the flagship station of Virginia athletics, will broadcast the game in the Charlottesville area.

Mt. St. Mary’s 0-0-0-22 record: 0-1
Virginia 2-3-3-210 record: 4-0

Scoring (G-A) MSM: Cody Lehrer 1-0, Keith McKinley 1-0, Christian Kellett 0-1. V: Brian Carroll 3-0, Shamel Bratton 2-1, Rhamel Bratton 1-1, Nick Elsmo 1-0, Gavin Gill 1-0, Steele Stanwick 1-0, Mike Timms 1-0, Garrett Billings 0-2, Chad Gaudet 0-1, Adam Ghitelman 0-1, George Huguely 0-1.

Goalie SummaryMSM: T.C. DiBartolo 60 mins., 21 saves, 10 goals allowed. V: Adam Ghitelman 57:36 mins., 4 saves, 2 goals allowed; Rob Fortunato 2:24, 0 svs., 0 GA.

Shots: MSM16, V60
Ground Balls: MSM32, V49
Clearing: MSM18x28, V21x24
Faceoffs: MSM5, V11
Penalties: MSM3-2:30, V2-2:00
EMO: MSM1x1, V1x2

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