No. 7 UVa Escapes with Win vs. Richmond in Spiders' Debut

RICHMOND -- They are not just happy to be here.

Following almost a year and a half of waiting from the point of hiring head coach Dan Chemotti, the Richmond Spiders played their first Division I men's lacrosse game and competed, with a chance to win at the end. The Spiders took a halftime lead over #7 Virginia, but were outscored by one goal in a 13-12 result at Robins Stadium in front of a festive 4,249 fans. Virginia improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Spiders start 0-1.

Down 2-0 in the opening period, freshman attackman Dan Ginestro (Syracuse, N.Y.) made school history with the first goal on an assist from fellow freshman Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) and the Spiders were on the board.

“I did the easy part,” said Ginestro afterward. “Mitch found me in a good spot and it went in.” It was Ginestro's first shot attempt of the game.

Virginia built a 5-1 lead before Richmond scored two of the last three goals of the period, with Ginestro finding the back of the net twice in the frame.

Richmond scored not only the last goal of the first quarter, but the first six goals of the second to take a 9-6 lead over the ranked Cavaliers. Goldberg had a pair of goals in the second period. Virginia scored the final two goals of the second and Richmond took a 9-8 lead into the half.

"I told the guys we're going to drop some balls and Virginia was going to score," said Chemotti. "I also told them that Virginia was going to drop some balls and we were going to score. They settled down and got into the game and competed."

Richmond shot 16 times in the first half, scoring nine times, while the Cavs scored eight times on 20 shot attempts through the first two quarters.

The Spiders played two goalies in the game, with freshman Conor Shannon (Ridgefield, Conn.) collecting nine saves in the first half on eight goals allowed.

Scoring was tougher in the second half, with Virginia outpacing the Spiders 5-3 in goalscoring in the victory. Freshman Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va./Woodberry Forest School) made five saves in his first collegiate action.

Just 17 seconds into the second half, Goldberg found the back of the net for the first hat trick in team history. The Cavs scored the last three goals of the period, however, for the one-goal advantage to the fourth. Goldberg's three goals were just one short of the game-high total of four, by Virginia's James Pannell.

Each team scored twice in the fourth quarter, and the Spiders had possession with 80 seconds left, but could not get a shot off for a potential game-tying goal.

Seven different Spiders scored goals in this opening game of the program's history. Ginestro and midfielder Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.Y.) had two goals each.

The Spiders collected 14 saves to Virginia's five. The win in net went to freshman keeper Matt Barrett, who made five saves. Pugh took the loss (0-1).

The Spiders will remain at home to host Hartford next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

Notes: Virginia outshot the Spiders 46-24, including 26-8 in the second half ... Richmond held pace on faceoffs and clears, with each team winning 14 faceoffs and garnering 21 clears ... Each team also scored twice in extra-man opportunities ... Both teams were penalized for two minutes in a clean contest.

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia attackman James Pannell led all scorers with four goals to elevate the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers (2-0) over the Richmond Spiders (0-1) on Saturday afternoon, 13-12, in front of 4,249 at Robins Stadium. It was the inaugural game for the Richmond men's lacrosse program.

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2014-02-08



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