Bocklet and Stanwick Lead No. 2 UVa over No. 18 Stony Brook
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick each scored three goals to pace the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) to a 13-8 victory over the No. 18 Stony Brook Seawolves (1-1), Saturday afternoon in front of a 1,689-capacity crowd at the University Hall Turf Field.
“We gave them a couple of goals over the course of 60 minutes but I thought we played very well, especially at the defensive end of the field,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “Adam [Ghitelman] kept us in the game early, and Matt Lovejoy, Max Pomper, [Chris] LaPierre, and a couple of the other guys played very well. I’ve told them, we’re going to have these days on offense where we’re going to have struggle to make things happen, and on those days our defense has to play well to give our offense opportunities.”
Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) wasted no time putting Virginia on the board at 12:38 with an unassisted goal. After winning the ensuing faceoff, Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) found LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) at 12:23 to put UVa up early, 2-0.
Stony Brook would cut its deficit in half, 2-1, after a Tom Compitello unassisted score at 10:01. Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) tallied his first goal of the contest a couple minutes later, unassisted at 7:50, pushing the UVa lead back to two goals, 3-1.
Compitello answered right back at 3:56 for Stony Brook with an unassisted goal, cutting the UVa advantage back to one goal, 3-2.
Stanwick attacked right back for UVa, scoring unassisted at 2:28. Tim Hawkins, however would score the man-up goal at 1:05 after UVa’s Bray Malphrus was whistled for unnecessary roughness. Hawkins’ score closed out the first quarter, where UVa held to a narrow 4-3 lead.
Bocklet single handedly provided some separation in the second quarter, scoring three straight goals, extending the UVa lead to four goals, 7-3. Bocklet goals came unassisted at 10:14, via a Stanwick helper at 7:51 and finally on transition from Harry Prevas (Towson, Md.).
Compitello ended the streak with his third goal of the game at 3:33, cutting the Seawolves’ deficit to three goals, 7-4.
Garett Ince (Oakville, Ontario) won the ensuing faceoff and found Bratton 15-yards out who rifled home his second goal of the game, capping all first half scoring and sending UVa into the intermission up by four, 8-4.
Stony Brook outshot UVa 25-18 in the first half, while the Cavaliers won the ground ball war 22-19.
Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) started the second half scoring with an unassisted goal at 11:36, pushing UVa’s lead to five goals, 9-5.
Stony Brook answered at 8:34 when Kevin Crowley scored his first goal of the game. UVa retorted quickly after Ryan Benincasa (Old Greenwich, Conn.) won the faceoff and found Stanwick streaking for the sophomore’s third goal at 8:28. Benincasa won the ensuing faceoff and LaPierre picked up the ground ball and scored on transition at 8:18, giving UVa the 11-5 advantage.
John Haldy (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored his first goal of the season on a Tim Fuchs (Merrick, N.Y.) assist at 14:25 in the final quarter, giving UVa a 12-5 lead.
Steven Waldeck scored at 9:11 for Stony Brook, bring the UVa advantage down to 12-6. Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored the man-up goal from Fuchs at 8:13 after Stony Brook’s Vonzell LeGall was penalized for holding. White’s goal ended UVa’s scoring for the day, giving the Cavaliers the 13-6 lead.
Crowley scored his second goal at 6:52, followed by a Robbie Campbell scored at 4:50, capping Stony Brook’s scoring on the day. With the 13-8 advantage, Benincasa won the faceoff and UVa was able to run out the clock over the final minutes of play.
Virginia outshot Stony Brook 45-36 and won the ground ball war 46-30. After going perfect on clears at Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, UVa went 15-of-17, failing twice in the second quarter.
Ghitelman (Syosset, N.Y.) saved 13 shots for UVa and allowed eight scores.
“It was really important that Adam played well today against Stony Brook which is a very good offensive team,” said Starsia. “I thought Adam had one of his finest games he’s had yet at UVa.”
Charlie Paar notched 13 saves and allowed 13 goals for Stony Brook.
“The Stony Brook goalie played very well, and part of that is us,” said Starsia. “We have to be able to finish some of those chances. We created a lot of chances but didn’t finish enough. I thought our offensive end was stronger in the second half than in the first. We’re going to have these games once in a while, we just have to keep working at it.”
No. 2 Virginia will return to action on March 7 when they host No. 1 Syracuse. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN360 and delayed on ESPNU.
Virginia 4-4-3-2-13 record: 3-0
Stony Brook 3-1-1-3-8 record 1-1
Att-1689 (Capacity Crowd)
Scoring (G-A)- SB: Tom Compitello 2-0, Kevin Crowley 2-0, Kyle Belton 1-0, Robbie Campbell 1-0, Steven Waldeck 1-0, Tim Hawkins 1-0, Timmy Trenkle 0-1 V: Chris Bocklet 3-1, Steele Stanwick 3-1, Rhamel Bratton 2-0, Chris LaPierre 2-0, Brian Carroll 1-0, Matt White 1-0, John Haldy 1-0, Tim Fuchs 0-2, Ryan Benincasa 0-1, Garrett Ince 0-1, Harry Prevas 0-1
Goalie Summary- SB: Charlie Paar 60 mins., 13 saves, 13 goals allowed V: Adam Ghitelman 60 mins., 13 saves, 8 goals allowed
Shots: SB-36, V-45
Ground Balls: SB-30, V-46
Clearing: SB-12×17, V-15×17
Faceoffs: SB-11, V-14
Penalties: SB-5-3:00, V-3-3:00
EMO: SB-1×3, V-1×5