Goldberg Nets Four But Ricmond Falls to Hartford

RICHMOND -- Freshman Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) led Richmond with four more goals in their second Division I men's lacrosse contest, but the visiting Hartford Hawks showed their experience in a 19-11 win at Robins Stadium Sunday afternoon. The game was postponed from Saturday due to travel conditions in the Northeast. Hartford opens the season 1-0, while the Spiders drop to an 0-2 start.

Goldberg netted Richmond's second and third goals of the game, following a hat trick in the season opener, to give him a team-best seven on the season.

The Hawks, who returned their top offensive scorers from a season ago, scored the first four goals of the game in just over five minutes of play and never trailed. Hartford had two runs of four goals, and six-straight goals in the closing stages of the third quarter and the first four minutes of the fourth in the win.

The Spiders had trouble with possession in the opening period, but settled in to close the lead from five goals down to just three as the third quarter came to a close. Richmond scored back-to-back goals three times in the match, extending the run to three-straight goals in the second quarter. That was when the Hawks came alive with the late run.

Junior Kevin O'Shea poured in three of his game-high six goals in the fourth as the Hawks pulled away. He added a game-high four assists for 10 points in the contest.

Richmond's assist leader was sophomore Brad Burnam (Nedrow, N.Y.), who dished out three helpers for the Spiders.

Richmond got offensive help from freshmen attackman J.P Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and midfielder Jean-Luc Chetner (Pentiction, British Columbia), who scored two goals each.

Starting goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va.) took the loss for the Spiders (0-2), allowing 10 goals in the opening half. He made seven saves. Fellow freshman netminder Conor Shannon (Ridgefield, Conn.) played the second half and made four saves.

The Spiders will next play both their first road game and Atlantic Sun Conference game when they travel to Mercer to face the Bears on Saturday, February 22 at noon.

Notes: Richmond's second period has been its most productive, outscoring opponents in both games for a total margin of 10-5 in goals ... Likewise, Richmond has 10 saves in the second periods, with opponents getting just four total in the two combined contests.


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