No. 1 Virginia Rolls to Fifth Straight Victory Over In-State Foe VMI
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In its first game since receiving the nation’s top ranking from both the USILA coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media polls, the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (5-0) received goals from 14 different players as they cruised to victory, 20-6, over the visiting VMI Keydets (2-4), Tuesday evening at Klöckner Stadium.
The 20 goals scored was the first time that UVa hit that mark since winning on the road at Stony Brook, 20-10, on Feb. 21, 2009. The Cavaliers reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time at Klöckner Stadium since defeating a VMI squad, 24-5, on March 4, 2008.
Virginia opened up play on an 8-1 scoring run, including the first four goals. Each of UVa’s first eight goals were scored by eight different Cavaliers. Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) tallied the first score at 12:59 on a Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) assist. UVa also received goals during the stretch from Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.), John Haldy (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.), Matt Kugler (Fairfax Station, Va.), Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.), George Huguely (Chevy Chase, Md.) and LaPierre.
VMI dented the scoreboard at 8:12 in the first quarter on a Jacob Weimer goal, via a Keith Long assist, cutting UVa’s lead at the time to 4-1. Tim Moran scored on a Weimer helper with 29 seconds left in the first quarter, but Bocklet put UVa on the scoreboard one more time before the first quarter came to a close. The sophomore’s score with 10 seconds left gave UVa a 9-2 lead.
The Cavaliers scored four more goals in the second quarter to VMI’s two, sending UVa into the intermission ahead by nine scores, 13-4. Bocklet had a man-up goal at 14:41 in the second period after Kyle Hofstetter was whistled for slashing on Bocklet’s final score of the first quarter. Connor English (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored in the period as did White again and current ACC Co-Player of the Week Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.).
Bobby Davis and Tim Moran each tallied unassisted goals in the second quarter for VMI.
Bocklet scored his fourth goal at 11:47 in the third quarter on a Stanwick helper. White tallied an unassisted goal before Moran finished the third quarter scoring, cutting VMI’s deficit to 10 goals, 15-5.
UVa scored five straight goals in the fourth quarter to take a 20-5 advantage, including the first collegiate goal from Matt Cockerton (Oshawa, Ontario). Tim Fuchs (Merrick, N.Y.) also scored his first goal of the season. VMI managed one more goal, this time from Davis with 1:04 left in the game, finishing the scoring for both teams. UVa won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock on their way to the 20-6 victory.
White led all players with a career-high four goals and three assists for seven points. He scored four goals on six total shots. Stanwick had five assists and one score for six points, while Bocklet matched his career high with four scores, adding an assist for five points.
Moran led VMI with three goals, while Davis chipped in two goals. Weimer added two points, with a goal and assist.
The Cavaliers dominated several team categories including shots (59-25), ground balls (44-29) and faceoffs (18-10).
No. 1 Virginia returns to action on Saturday, when the Cavaliers travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to clash with No. 8 Cornell. Faceoff is scheduled for noon.
VMI 2-2-1-1-6 record 2-4
Virginia 9-4-2-5-20 record: 5-0
Scoring (G-A)- VMI: Tim Moran 3-0, Bobby Davis 2-0, Jacob Weimer 1-1, Brett Leonard 0-2, Keith Long 0-1 V: Matt White 4-3, Chris Bocklet 4-1, Steele Stanwick 1-5, Nick O’Reilly 1-1, Chris LaPierre 1-1, Connor English 1-1, Matt Kugler 1-1, Brian Carroll 1-0, Rhamel Bratton 1-0, Colin Briggs 1-0, Tim Fuchs 1-0, George Huguely 1-0, Matt Cockerton 1-0, John Haldy 1-0, Blake Riley 0-1, Mikey Thompson 0-1
Goalie Summary- VMI: Kelly McMinn 60 mins., 12 saves, 20 goals allowed V: Adam Ghitelman 30 mins., 3 saves, 4 goals allowed, Rob Fortunato 22:22 mins., 3 saves, 1 goals allowed, Rob Eimer, 6:21 mins., 0 saves, 0 goals allowed, Will Bolton 1:17 mins., 0 saves, 1 goal allowed
Shots: VMI-25, V-59
Ground Balls: VMI-29, V-44
Clearing: VMI 13×21, V-18×19
Faceoffs: VMI 10, V-18
Penalties: VMI-4-3:30, V-4-3:00
EMO: VMI-1×3, V-1×3