Cockerton Scores 7 to Lift No. 4 UVa Over Mount St. Mary's

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 25, 2014) Trailing No. 4 Virginia, 10-6, entering the final quarter, Mount St. Mary's could not complete the upset and fell by a final score of 14-6 at Waldron Family Stadium on Tuesday in the Mount's home opener. Mike Fields and Evan Gormley both scored their first two career goals to lead the Mountaineers on the day.

The Mount (0-4) was aided by a strong performance by junior Nick Haley at the face-off X, winning 12 of 23 against three different Cavaliers (5-0). Haley, who tied for the team lead with four ground balls on the day, scored his first career goal in the final second of the first half following a face-off win.

Six different Virginia players scored on the day, highlighted by Mark Cockerton's seven-goal performance on a team-high 12 shots. James Pannell and Owen Van Arsdale also added two goals apiece for the Cavaliers.

Van Arsdale notched two goals in the opening five minutes, before Pannell scored with 5:17 to play in the first quarter for an early 3-0 UVa lead.

Gormley's first goal of the season at the 1:50 mark of the first quarter cut the Mount's deficit to 3-1 before Cockerton scored the first of his seven goals in the final minute of the quarter. UVa outshot the Mount, 13-5, in the opening 15 minutes and 37-24 for the game.

The Mount scored the first and last goals of the second quarter with five Virginia tallies in between. After Fields cut the Virginia edge to 4-2, the Cavaliers reeled off five in a row. Cockerton netted four of UVa's goals during the stretch, the final with just five seconds showing before halftime. On the ensuing face-off, Haley scooped up the ground ball and fired his first career goal past UVa's Matt Barrett for a 9-3 halftime score.

The Mount dominated the third quarter, outscoring Virginia 3-1, with a 7-4 advantage on shots. Gormley struck again to open the scoring and after a UVa goal, Robert Jones cut Virginia's lead to 10-5 with 5:38 left in the third. Just over a minute later, Fields took a Bryden Pelletier feed and scored his second of the game for a 10-6 Mount deficit.

In the fourth quarter, Virginia held the Mount off the scoreboard and scored four times to pull away.

Between the pipes for the Mount, senior goalkeeper Chris Klaiber recorded 12 saves for his second double-digit save effort of the season. On the other end, Barrett stopped 10 shots for the Cavaliers.

After struggling to take care of the ball with eight first-quarter turnovers, the Mount decreased turnovers in every quarter and forced UVa to turn the ball over 16 times in the game. Junior Kyle O'Brien finished with a team-best three caused turnovers and recorded two ground balls.

Next on the schedule, the Mount faces a road test at Towson on Saturday, March 1, at 1:00 p.m.

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EMMITSBURG, Md. Mark Cockerton scored a career-high seven goals to lift the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (5-0) to a 14-6 road triumph over the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (0-4) on Tuesday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium.

"I feel we haven't been sharp enough," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I think it's a continuation of what the early season has been like for us. I need the bigger, older kids to step up and be a little more consistent in our performance. We wanted to feel like we had taken a positive step and were a little bit better at the end of the game today. It was more of a fight for us. There is a lot of things I like about this team, but we have to be able to produce a more consistent effort overall to become the team we want to be. There were some things to like about today, but we need to be a little more thorough in our effort."

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