Richmond Doubles Up Wagner for First Win at Robins

RICHMOND -- Richmond took its first men's lacrosse program win at Robins Stadium with a 14-7 home victory over visiting Wagner Friday night in non-conference action. The Spiders (2-7) scored four first-quarter goals and never trailed in the contest.

The Spiders registered three significant firsts for the program in the contest. First, Richmond scored its first-ever man-down goal, the first one of the game, by Dan Ginestro (Syracuse, N.Y.) at the 12:22 mark in the opening period. Secondly, the Spiders shut out an opponent in a quarter (3-0 in the second) for the first time in program history. Thirdly, the Spiders never trailed, the first time they won the game going away.

The sideline was lively in the fourth quarter, as the Spiders have been in a lot of close games this season, playing five of the eight to within three goals.

After Ginestro's man-down goal, freshman Jean-Luc Chetner (Pentiction, BC) scored a man-up goal four minutes later for the 2-0 lead. Freshman Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) then found the back of the net at 5:48 in the opening frame for the 3-0 lead before the Seahawks (2-5) could score.

Goldberg added his second goal of the game at 1:11 remaining in the first period.

Ginestro scored four minutes into the second period as the Spiders kept the Seahawks out of the net in the frame. Almost eight minutes later, Ginestro scored again for his first career hat trick with just under two minutes to go in the period and J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) found the back of the net with 8.5 seconds in the first half and the Spiders went into the locker room up 7-1 to cruise in the second half.

Chetner scored twice in the third, along with the first career goals from Coleman Lee (La Jolla, Calif.) and A.J. Lapitino (Setauket, N.Y.) to finish the period up 11-2. Lapitino's goal came also with a pair of Spiders in the penalty box for the second man-down goal at Richmond, the first when playing two players down.

The Spiders emptied the bench and put up three more goals, including the fourth of the night for Ginestro to set his new career high.

The win went to goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va./Woodberry Forest School), who is now 2-5. He made four saves in the contest. The loss went to Wagner's Nicholas Gibaldi, who slipped to 2-5. He made seven saves, but game up the 14 goals in nearly the entire game.

Defensively, long-pole midfielder Brendan Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) tied his own school record with eight ground balls, and caused a game-high seven turnovers, one off his own school record, both set in Richmond's previous win of the season. He also registered a pair of assists, a first for him.

Richmond assists leader Brad Burnam (Nedrow, N.Y.) set a new school record with five assists in the game to push his season total to 18.

The Spiders will play their next two games on the road, starting next Saturday in a match-up with No. 15 Bryant at 1:00 p.m. on Long Island.

Notes: This was the first time Richmond held an opponent to one goal in the first half, and just two goals through three quarters ... The Spiders scored at least three goals in all four quarters, the first time they scored at that minimum for a game ... The team set new program highs with 25 points, 14 goals and 11 assists, along with 26 opponent turnovers.

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Richmond, VA Dan Ginestro and Jean-Luc Chetner scored four and three goals, respectively, while Brad Burnam distributed four assists to offset the career-high four-goal outing by Wagner redshirt-freshman Patrick McMenamin (Longport, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) as Richmond posted a 14-7 win over the Seahawks in men's lacrosse action tonight.

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2014-03-22



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