Spiders Take Two in Miami to Start Season 3-0

Miami, FL (Friday 2/24, Saturday 2/25) - The University of Richmond Men's Lacrosse won both games in Miami over the weekend to open up the season with a 3-0 record.

On a hot 89 degree Friday afternoon, the Spiders opened up against the host Miami Hurricanes. The Spiders came out storming, outshooting Miami 17 to 2, but the Miami goalie was as hot as the Florida sun and the UR men only had a slim 2 0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The heat and hot goalie took its toll on the Spiders in the second quarter as they went into half time down 5 3 despite outshooting Miami by a large margin. Junior Jack Hayden (Purchase, NY/Fordham Prep) scored twice in the first half and Freshman Nate Volpert (Haverford, PA/Haverford School) added another. All three first half goals were assisted by sophomore Robby Barnhart (Chanhassen, MN/Blake).

The second half started slowly with several Spiders cramping up and still having trouble adjusting to the heat. The Spiders eventually found themselves down 6-3. This is when the UR men said enough is enough and ended the quarter with two unanswered goals to end the third down 6-5. Nate Volpert scored the fourth goal on an assist by Warren Kraft (Cold Spring Harbor, NY/Portledge School) and junior Clay Palmer (Annapolis, MD/Severn) had the final tally of the quarter on an assist by Scott O'Brien (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan).

The Spiders came out storming in the fourth and dominated possession time. The Spiders would tie the game on Nate Volpert's third goal of the day off of another assist by Kraft. Sophomore Robby Barnhart (Chanhassen, MN/Blake) scored the final two goals of the day, both assisted by Kraft to give the University of Richmond an 8-6 victory! Freshman goalie Ryan McDevitt (Newtown Square, PA/Malvern Prep) totaled 13 saves on the day. Freshman defender Brain Topper (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) led the team with 7 ground balls.

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On Saturday the Spiders faced the #19 nationally ranked University of Central Florida Knights. The UR men battled back and forth in the first period but ended the quarter down 5-3 on goals by Sophomore midfielder Doug Slaughter (Baltimore, MD/St.Pauls) unassisted; Nick Daniel (Fairfax, VA/Southern Lehigh) assisted by Slaughter; and another tally by Daniel unassisted.

The Spiders took control of the 2nd, outscoring the Knights 5 to1 to take an 8-6 lead into halftime on two goals by Palmer along with single tallies by Hayden, Kraft and freshman defensive midfielder Rob Poirier (Wausau, WI/Wausau West).

The Spiders would take over the second half, taking a commanding 15-9 lead late into the 4th quarter, before emptying the bench and ending the game with a 16-14 victory. Thirteen different Spiders had points on the day including hat tricks from Palmer and Daniel. Will Harris (Weston, MA/Weston) played well in the mid field all day and tallied his first goal of the year to go along with an assist. Freshman net minder Mike Buckbinder (Princeton Junction, NJ/ Hun School) started the game with 6 saves in the first half, before giving way to McDevitt, who posted 10 second half saves. . Freshman defender Brain Topper (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic) led the team with 8 ground balls.


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