Cockerton Nets Six as No. 6 Virginia Cruises Past VMI

"This was a good gauge for us and that's why we play some of these early season games," said VMI head coach Brian Anken. "I couldn't be happier moving forward knowing that we have a full slate of things to work on."

But the story of the night came from between the Keydets' goal posts. Lindemann, who is one of the tallest goalkeepers in the country, posted a career best 24 saves, eclipsing his mark of 20 set last season against Siena College. His stops against Virginia are the most by a Keydet keeper since Feb. 18, 2012 when former VMI player Kelly McMinn made 22 at Army. Lindemann has already amassed 60 saves on the season, averaging 20 per game.

Lindemann was starting down the the barrel of the gun against the Cavaliers, who registered 64 total shots, putting of those efforts on goal. Cockerton alone took 15 shots while Taylor Michel notched a team second-best six.

"Matt does a good job for us in there. He had a career-high and we certainly didn't want him to have to do that, but Matt does a good job doing what we expect him to do," said Anken of his 6-5 netminder. "The defense worked hard to force some low-percentage shots and Matt did a nice job getting a piece of the shots."

VMI managed 25 shots in the game, with East equaling Michel's six. Deblasio and freshman Dan Bull took four shots each as Mowbray and Hentorn posted three attempts.

It was another grinding day for sophomore faceoff specialist Gaston Ledford, who went 12-26, but forced the Cavaliers to trot out four different players to attempt the draw. Ledford led the VMI field players with six groundballs while Lindemann accounted for seven. Virginia defenseman Scott McWilliams tied Lindemann for the game-high.

Turnovers hurt the Keydets, particularly in the transition game. VMI lost possession of the ball 32 times while Virginia turned it over just 12 times. The Cavaliers went 20-21 in clears throughout the game, while VMI gained the zone 20 of 26 times.

VMI (0-3) had several chances on the extra-man, scoring twice during its six opportunities (33.3 percent). The Keydets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first two minutes on Mowbray's tally during the man-up. Virginia tied the game less than two minutes later, sparking a 15-goal run for the Cavaliers.

DeBlasio snapped the run to start the fourth quarter, finishing a pass from Mowbray. One minute later, East scored VMI's second man-up goal with 12:14 left in the game. VMI would score once more in the contest as Hill logged his first collegiate goal.

The Keydets return to action on Saturday when they head to the City of Brotherly Love to take on Saint Joseph's University. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Finnessy Field in Philadelphia.

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2013-02-20



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