February 22, 2011

Men's Lacrosse Opens Season with 22-6 Loss at Top-Ranked Virginia

Charlottesville, Va. (February 22, 2011)-Mount St. Mary's opened the 2011 season with a 22-6 loss at No. 1 Virginia on Tuesday afternoon. The game was a rematch of last year's NCAA Opening Round matchup between the two schools.

Virginia took control of the game from the onset, scoring four times over the first 3:14. The Cavaliers (2-0) score three times in a span of 28 seconds to grab a 3-0 lead. Matt White opened the game with a man-up goal 1:52 into the game and Mark Cockerton followed with another extra-man goal just 19 seconds later. Steele Stanwick added the third Virginia goal nine seconds later for a three-goal lead.

The Cavaliers remained in control, taking a 7-0 behind goals from Rhamel Bratton, Chris Bocklet, Connor English and Rob Emery. Mount St. Mary's got on the scoreboard when Cody Lehrer took a feed from Mark Burns and found the back of the cage to make the score 7-1 after one quarter of play. Virginia held a 15-to-5 advantage in shots in the opening quarter.

Virginia stretched the lead to 11-2 at the half. After goals from Rhamel Bratton and Matt Kugler, the Mount's Andrew Scalley tallied his first goal of the year on a pass from Brett Schmidt to make the score 9-2. Scalley's goal stretched his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 18. Bocklet and Stanwick added goals for Virginia to round out the scoring in the half.

Virginia outshot the Mount, 26-16, in the first half while holding a 34-to-20 advantage in ground balls.

Junior Brett Schmidt scored early in the third quarter for the Mount to cut Virginia's lead to 12-3, but the Cavaliers scored the next three goals, including a pair from Bocklet, for a 15-3 margin. Anthony Golden scored for the Mount to make the score 15-4, but Virginia completed the quarter with three more goals for an 18-4 advantage.

Scalley and Brooks Bradley scored fourth-quarter goals for the Mountaineers. Scalley scored a pair of goals to pace the Mount in the game while Brett Schmidt finished with a goal and an assist. Ben Trapp won 14-of-24 face-offs for the Mount while collecting six ground balls. Brendan Harrison had a team-high eight ground balls in the game.

Stanwick had an eight-point day for the Cavaliers with three goals and five assists while Bocklet scored four times in the contest. Rhamel Bratton had three goals with White and Kugler each scoring twice.

Goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo made 11 saves for the Mount in 51:25 of action. Freshman Chris Klaiber made his collegiate debut, making two saves in the final 8:35. Adam Ghitelman made nine saves in 45 minutes of play for the Cavaliers.

Virginia finished the game with a 51-35 advantage in shots while posting a 59-39 ground ball edge.

The Mount returns to action on Saturday, March 5, with 1:00 p.m. home game against Towson at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.

Game Notes: Mount St. Mary's is now 0-9 all-time against the Cavaliers...This is the third consecutive season the Mountaineers have lost to Virginia in the season opener...The Mount has now lost 12 consecutive season openers and is 2-21 in season openers since the move to NCAA Division I in 1989.