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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stanwick Soars Again for Men's Lacrosse ~ #UVA #Lacrosse


Stanwick Soars Again for Men's Lacrosse




Stanwick Soars Again for Men's Lacrosse

Courtesy: VirginiaSports.com         Release: 04/28/2012


UVa Alum Doug Knight and UVa's Steele Stanwick

By Jeff White
jwhite@virginia.edu
DENVER -- When the game was over and its MVP, Steele Stanwick, had accepted an enormous box of chocolates from Whitman's Sampler, title sponsor of the Mile High Classic, the University of Virginia's majestic attackman posed for a photo with University of Pennsylvania assistant coach Doug Knight.

Nearby, Dom Starsia looked on like a proud father.
"One of the great joys of coaching is that I get to work with guys like Doug and Steele," Starsia said later.

If Stanwick and Knight aren't the two greatest attackmen in the history of UVa lacrosse, they're on the short list, and they'll forever be linked in the annals of the program.

Back when Stanwick was a young boy in Baltimore, Knight was smashing records at Virginia. In his four years as an attackman for Starsia -- 1994 to '97 -- Knight totaled 165 goals and 249 points, both school records.

"He was one of my idols growing up and one of the reasons I wanted to play at UVa," said Stanwick, who received a congratulatory text message from Knight last weekend.
Knight's record for career goals may never be surpassed at UVa. But Stanwick broke Knight's mark for career points last weekend, with two goals and five assists against North Carolina, and No. 6 added to his legend with another tour de force Friday night against Penn.

Stanwick, a senior, finished with a career-high six goals and added a late assist to lead the sixth-ranked Cavaliers past the Quakers, 10-8, in the first game of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (In the second game, No. 16 Denver hammered No. 4 Duke 15-9.)
"He can beat you with his stick, he can beat you with his feet, he can beat you with his brain," Penn coach Mike Murphy, a former UVa assistant, said of Stanwick.

Similar accolades came Knight's way during his illustrious college career. Asked afterward about Stanwick and Knight, Starsia smiled.

"Their only similarities are that they're just two of my favorite guys in the whole world," Starsia said. "I have a son, and he's wonderful. If I could add two more and they would be Doug Knight and Steele Stanwick, I'd be pretty happy. It was a special joy for me tonight to have the two of them together on the sideline afterwards."

Stanwick's scoring spree pushed his career total to 260 points. The Wahoos (11-3) might well have lost had he been off his game Friday night. The Quakers (3-10) conceded nothing in their 2012 finale.

In a shocking upset last weekend, Navy beat Johns Hopkins, and the Mile High Classic, Starsia said, "was a similar situation, I think, for the Penn guys -- a chance to go off into the offseason having a great effort in the last game and maybe take down the defending [NCAA] champion."
The 'Hoos bolted to a 4-1 lead, but Penn answered with four straight goals. The teams were tied 5-5 at halftime and 7-7 after three quarters.

"There wasn't any magic in the air for us today," Stanwick said. "We kind of had to bend our back to do the work, like Coach says."

Virginia went ahead for good on Stanwick's final goal, which made it 8-7 with 7:59 remaining. About four minutes later, sophomore midfielder Mark Cockerton gave the 'Hoos what on this night passed for commanding lead, scoring an unassisted goal to make it 9-7.

With 1:14 to play, Stanwick fed senior attackman Chris Bocklet for a goal that made it 10-7, and the Cavaliers could finally exhale. Their two-game losing streak was about to end.

"Sometimes hard wins are the best wins of all," Starsia told the team on the field afterward.
A few minutes later, at his press conference, the Hall of Fame coach praised his team's grit.
"It just was a struggle for us, a little bit of a battle for us throughout," Starsia said. "But the fact that we kind of hung in there and made the plays that we needed to in the fourth quarter, I think we could be proud of that, coming into this setting and this situation and toughing this game out.
"For a team that's lost their last two games and has sort of been struggling to find our way, just a little bit, I was really pleased that we were able to get this one."

The final statistics reflected the Cavaliers' second-half resolve. The Quakers went into the break having won 8 of 11 faceoffs and with 13 ground balls, to nine for Virginia. UVa finished with 31 ground balls, to 27 for Penn, and with 11 faceoff wins, to 10 for Penn.
After losing 5 of 6 faceoffs in the first half, senior Ryan Benincasa won 8 of 10 in the final two quarters.

"We started off a little slow, and Coach Starsia challenged us at halftime to step up," Chris Clements said. "They were winning the 50/50 ground balls at the faceoff and kind of taking the pace of play to us, so we knew we needed to get the ball in the second half, and Ryan Benincasa came up huge. He won the opening draw in the third quarter and just never looked back."
Virginia played without one of its three All-ACC selections, defensive midfielder Chris LaPierre (separated shoulder). In LaPierre's absence, Starsia asked Clements, who usually starts at long-stick middie, to play with a short stick for the first time since 2010.

"I was happy to do it," said Clements, a fifth-year senior. "It was a little bit difficult at first, but once you get in the flow of the game you kind of snap back into it."

The Cavaliers won't play again until their first-round game in the NCAA tournament, May 12 or 13, and LaPierre, who didn't practice this week, may be available by then.
"He's got a couple weeks off now," Starsia said. "Hopefully we'll get him back in some capacity.
"I was saying to [Denver coach Bill] Tierney as I was walking off the field, he's about half of our well of toughness, is Chris LaPierre. We really miss him out there."
Bocklet finished with two goals Friday night, boosting his career total to 133, which ranks sixth all-time at UVa. Sophomore middie Rob Emery and Cockerton had one goal apiece. For Cockerton, one of the heroes in UVa's run to the NCAA title last season, the goal was only his second in the past six games, and it was a welcome sight to Starsia.
"He's been a little down in his confidence," Starsia said. "I just think it's been a little bit of a fight for him. Hopefully this will give him a little lift, and with a little time off, it's a chance to kind of recharge your batteries a little bit.
"If we're going to do anything in the playoffs, we need Mark Cockerton to step up and begin to make some plays for us consistently."

Stanwick, of course, has made plays for the Cavaliers all season. So has senior goalie Rob Fortunato, who shined again Friday night. In his first year as a starter, Fortunato has been remarkably steady in the cage.

"I think it's an unbelievable story," Starsia said. "A kid comes to Virginia, and his friends told him not to come, because Adam Ghitelman was only a freshman when [Fortunato] was a senior in high school, and they told him he'll never play.

"He comes to Virginia. He's not really even very good. He's a back-up goalie. He's getting drilled in practice, and we don't think he's tough enough, so we're trying to make him tougher. It's a miserable life.

"He hangs in there. He just works hard, and he just gets better. And for him to step up this way ..."

Starsia shook his head.

"I'll be honest with you," he said, "I would have guessed in January that there would have been an occasion to use another goalie at some point, but he has just not let down the entire season. 

We have never for a second thought about making a change in the goal. Over the past four years we thought about doing that occasionally.

"It's a great lesson for kids, the Rob Fortunato story."

The Cavaliers fly back to Charlottesville on Saturday. Eight years ago they visited this city and lost twice, falling to Air Force and Denver on consecutive days. This trip will produce happier memories.

"The hospitality has been spectacular," Starsia said. "The people at the hotel, the people in the stadium, and the people helping us out at the University of Denver [during UVa's practice Thursday night]. They couldn't have been more gracious."

That said, Starsia noted that Virginia's record in Colorado is "only 1-2. So we need to come back and get our record evened out."

Stanwick Soars Again for Men's Lacrosse ~ #UVA #Lacrosse


Stanwick Soars Again for Men's Lacrosse




Stanwick Soars Again for Men's Lacrosse

Courtesy: VirginiaSports.com         Release: 04/28/2012


UVa Alum Doug Knight and UVa's Steele Stanwick

By Jeff White
jwhite@virginia.edu
DENVER -- When the game was over and its MVP, Steele Stanwick, had accepted an enormous box of chocolates from Whitman's Sampler, title sponsor of the Mile High Classic, the University of Virginia's majestic attackman posed for a photo with University of Pennsylvania assistant coach Doug Knight.

Nearby, Dom Starsia looked on like a proud father.
"One of the great joys of coaching is that I get to work with guys like Doug and Steele," Starsia said later.

If Stanwick and Knight aren't the two greatest attackmen in the history of UVa lacrosse, they're on the short list, and they'll forever be linked in the annals of the program.

Back when Stanwick was a young boy in Baltimore, Knight was smashing records at Virginia. In his four years as an attackman for Starsia -- 1994 to '97 -- Knight totaled 165 goals and 249 points, both school records.

"He was one of my idols growing up and one of the reasons I wanted to play at UVa," said Stanwick, who received a congratulatory text message from Knight last weekend.
Knight's record for career goals may never be surpassed at UVa. But Stanwick broke Knight's mark for career points last weekend, with two goals and five assists against North Carolina, and No. 6 added to his legend with another tour de force Friday night against Penn.

Stanwick, a senior, finished with a career-high six goals and added a late assist to lead the sixth-ranked Cavaliers past the Quakers, 10-8, in the first game of a doubleheader at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (In the second game, No. 16 Denver hammered No. 4 Duke 15-9.)
"He can beat you with his stick, he can beat you with his feet, he can beat you with his brain," Penn coach Mike Murphy, a former UVa assistant, said of Stanwick.

Similar accolades came Knight's way during his illustrious college career. Asked afterward about Stanwick and Knight, Starsia smiled.

"Their only similarities are that they're just two of my favorite guys in the whole world," Starsia said. "I have a son, and he's wonderful. If I could add two more and they would be Doug Knight and Steele Stanwick, I'd be pretty happy. It was a special joy for me tonight to have the two of them together on the sideline afterwards."

Stanwick's scoring spree pushed his career total to 260 points. The Wahoos (11-3) might well have lost had he been off his game Friday night. The Quakers (3-10) conceded nothing in their 2012 finale.

In a shocking upset last weekend, Navy beat Johns Hopkins, and the Mile High Classic, Starsia said, "was a similar situation, I think, for the Penn guys -- a chance to go off into the offseason having a great effort in the last game and maybe take down the defending [NCAA] champion."
The 'Hoos bolted to a 4-1 lead, but Penn answered with four straight goals. The teams were tied 5-5 at halftime and 7-7 after three quarters.

"There wasn't any magic in the air for us today," Stanwick said. "We kind of had to bend our back to do the work, like Coach says."

Virginia went ahead for good on Stanwick's final goal, which made it 8-7 with 7:59 remaining. About four minutes later, sophomore midfielder Mark Cockerton gave the 'Hoos what on this night passed for commanding lead, scoring an unassisted goal to make it 9-7.

With 1:14 to play, Stanwick fed senior attackman Chris Bocklet for a goal that made it 10-7, and the Cavaliers could finally exhale. Their two-game losing streak was about to end.

"Sometimes hard wins are the best wins of all," Starsia told the team on the field afterward.
A few minutes later, at his press conference, the Hall of Fame coach praised his team's grit.
"It just was a struggle for us, a little bit of a battle for us throughout," Starsia said. "But the fact that we kind of hung in there and made the plays that we needed to in the fourth quarter, I think we could be proud of that, coming into this setting and this situation and toughing this game out.
"For a team that's lost their last two games and has sort of been struggling to find our way, just a little bit, I was really pleased that we were able to get this one."

The final statistics reflected the Cavaliers' second-half resolve. The Quakers went into the break having won 8 of 11 faceoffs and with 13 ground balls, to nine for Virginia. UVa finished with 31 ground balls, to 27 for Penn, and with 11 faceoff wins, to 10 for Penn.
After losing 5 of 6 faceoffs in the first half, senior Ryan Benincasa won 8 of 10 in the final two quarters.

"We started off a little slow, and Coach Starsia challenged us at halftime to step up," Chris Clements said. "They were winning the 50/50 ground balls at the faceoff and kind of taking the pace of play to us, so we knew we needed to get the ball in the second half, and Ryan Benincasa came up huge. He won the opening draw in the third quarter and just never looked back."
Virginia played without one of its three All-ACC selections, defensive midfielder Chris LaPierre (separated shoulder). In LaPierre's absence, Starsia asked Clements, who usually starts at long-stick middie, to play with a short stick for the first time since 2010.

"I was happy to do it," said Clements, a fifth-year senior. "It was a little bit difficult at first, but once you get in the flow of the game you kind of snap back into it."

The Cavaliers won't play again until their first-round game in the NCAA tournament, May 12 or 13, and LaPierre, who didn't practice this week, may be available by then.
"He's got a couple weeks off now," Starsia said. "Hopefully we'll get him back in some capacity.
"I was saying to [Denver coach Bill] Tierney as I was walking off the field, he's about half of our well of toughness, is Chris LaPierre. We really miss him out there."
Bocklet finished with two goals Friday night, boosting his career total to 133, which ranks sixth all-time at UVa. Sophomore middie Rob Emery and Cockerton had one goal apiece. For Cockerton, one of the heroes in UVa's run to the NCAA title last season, the goal was only his second in the past six games, and it was a welcome sight to Starsia.
"He's been a little down in his confidence," Starsia said. "I just think it's been a little bit of a fight for him. Hopefully this will give him a little lift, and with a little time off, it's a chance to kind of recharge your batteries a little bit.
"If we're going to do anything in the playoffs, we need Mark Cockerton to step up and begin to make some plays for us consistently."

Stanwick, of course, has made plays for the Cavaliers all season. So has senior goalie Rob Fortunato, who shined again Friday night. In his first year as a starter, Fortunato has been remarkably steady in the cage.

"I think it's an unbelievable story," Starsia said. "A kid comes to Virginia, and his friends told him not to come, because Adam Ghitelman was only a freshman when [Fortunato] was a senior in high school, and they told him he'll never play.

"He comes to Virginia. He's not really even very good. He's a back-up goalie. He's getting drilled in practice, and we don't think he's tough enough, so we're trying to make him tougher. It's a miserable life.

"He hangs in there. He just works hard, and he just gets better. And for him to step up this way ..."

Starsia shook his head.

"I'll be honest with you," he said, "I would have guessed in January that there would have been an occasion to use another goalie at some point, but he has just not let down the entire season. 

We have never for a second thought about making a change in the goal. Over the past four years we thought about doing that occasionally.

"It's a great lesson for kids, the Rob Fortunato story."

The Cavaliers fly back to Charlottesville on Saturday. Eight years ago they visited this city and lost twice, falling to Air Force and Denver on consecutive days. This trip will produce happier memories.

"The hospitality has been spectacular," Starsia said. "The people at the hotel, the people in the stadium, and the people helping us out at the University of Denver [during UVa's practice Thursday night]. They couldn't have been more gracious."

That said, Starsia noted that Virginia's record in Colorado is "only 1-2. So we need to come back and get our record evened out."

Friday, April 27, 2012

UVA beats Penn 10-6 at the "Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic" ~ #UVA #Lacrosse #Lax #Penn #Hoos #Quakers

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Penn vs. No. 6 Virginia, Live from the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic

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Welcome to Mile HIgh, we're high above the field in the thin air, ready to get underway as the Cavs and Quakers prep for the regular season finale.O

One Major note — Chris Lapierre won't play for Virginia today.

Make sure to check out John Jiloty's Sights and Sounds post to get a view of the scene, and let's get underway in Denver.

Virginia
A-Steele Stanwick
A-Chris Bocklet
A-Owen Van Arsdale
M-Colin Briggs
M-Rob Emery
M-Matt White
D-Scott McWilliams
D-Harry Prevas
D-Matt Lovejoy
G-Rob Fortunato

Penn
A-Dan Savage
A-Ryan Parietti
A-Isaac Bock
M-Anthony Adler
M-John Conneely
M-Jacob Bock
D-Reid Tudor
D-Will Koshansky
D-Maxx Meyer
G-Brian Feeney

First Quarter

13:49 Penn won the opening draw, but Isaac Bock turned the ball over and Virginia clears, sets up iwth the No. 1 middies. With a flag own, Stanwick and White go to a two-man game beind and Bocklet catches on the left pipe for the finish. Flag was waved off by the goal. Virginia 1-0

11:29 Again, Penn digs out the draw off a scrumb in the Penn offensive zone, but doesn't get a good look. At the other end, Van Arsdale finds Stanwick down low for an easy finish on the crease. Virginia 2-0

9:19 Penn wins the third face-off of the day and Adler gets Penn's first good look of the day, but it's wide and backed up. Virginia gets the ball back when Belinsky inverts and gets a step, but releases at GLE and puts his shot in the back of the net. At the other end, White can't handle a forced pass to the crease and it's otu to Penn over the endline.

6:49 Penn retauns possession on a cheap clear that's deflected out of bounds, but a minute later, a skip pass from X gets to midfield and Virignia gets possession off the scrum.

6:12 Conneely steps into a step down eight-yard shot from Tim Schwalje with a righty rip up high.Virginia 2-1

5:38 Tucker picks up Virginia's first face-off win, works the ball to Matt Kugler who finds Stanwick alone on the crease, and he finishes with fake low/shoot high. Virginia 3-1

2:15 Stanwick carrying right-handed from back right, fakes a flip, turns underneath and fakes low, finishes high again. Virginia 4-1

0:02 Coming out of a timeout with 15 seconds left, Conneely carries righty from the top right corner, moves it to Schwalje who skips to Savage who hits up top with a nice righty shot. Virginia 4-2

A fast first quarter was highlighted by Penn dominating face-offs early, but not really able to control the ball as they committed early turnovers.

Second Quarter

13:34 Danny Feeney wins the opening draw against Benincasa after a violation post whistle. Belisnky drives quickly to his lift, McWilliams gets a good lift on him and his pass to the crease is off target and Lovejoy intercepts. Briggs clears.

10:48 Briggs dodges on Matt McMahon, gets to about seven yards and puts a shot on, but Feeney stands tall and Penn clears. Penn gets a great look when Belisnky, inverted and going to his right from X, finds Parietti on the crease, he peels back, shoots low, but hits the post. Penn retains possession. Zack Losco hits a shot and it goes wide. Savage hits the post and it goes wide again, then Fortunato stops a Penn shot.

10:19 After five great looks, Penn gets its goal when Fortunato's clearing pass is picked off by Connelly, who moves it to Belinsky then Savage for the easy finish in transition. Virginia 4-3

6:50 Penn wins the draw again, sets up and gets a handful of good looks, then the Quakers and Cavs trade turnovers before Koshansky causes a turnover outside the Virginia box, carries into the offensive box and finds Parietti at the point for a big rip that sent a piece of the net flying into the air. 4-4

4:30 Virginia comes away from a long face-off scrum with the ball, but Feeney is up for Cockerton's shot. Penn clears, but doesn't back up their shot. In transition, Kugler just misses and Virginia calls timeout.

2:50 Out of the timeout, Steele throws back on a pick to Bocklet, who moves it to Emery for a stepdown that's just wide. Bocklet dodges from back right and moving away from the goal off a Stanwick pick, tries a spinning right hander that Feenet stops. Penn clears.

2:06 Belinsky inverts again, dodges to the right pipe, skips to up top, Savage makes a quick move to his right and finishes stickside high on Fortunato. The Quakers have really cut down their sloppiness, and UVa. hasn't worked for good looks this quarter.  Penn 5-4

:43 Virginia wins the draw and Stanick goes to work on Koshansky. He doesn't get a look, and the ball works to White, who gets his man caught up. Stanwick fakes a cut away on the crease, cuts back the ball and finishes a quickstick on the crease. 5-5

:00 Penn wins the draw on a violation, but quickly turns the ball over. Virginia clears and calls timeout with 15 seconds to go. Out of the timeout, Steele carries to his left, tries to feed the crease, but Koshansky knocks the pass down and time expires.

Third Quarter

10:30 Penn wins the draw, Virginia gets the ball back, but is offsides. The hitting is ratcheting up as Penn and Virginia trade two more turnovers, by Schwalje and White, respectively. Koshansky gives the ball back, then Kugler back to Penn. Coming out fo the box, Conneely takes a big righty rip that goes off Fortunato's chin. Penn turns the ball over on the restart, and Virginia clears and settles. In a scramble in front of the net, Stanwick hits the right post. On a skip, Emery dodges down the right alley and finishes offside low. Virginia 6-5

8:00 More turnovers as Van Arsdale can't handle the pass on the crease, and Penn clears. A long possession features two Adler dodges on Clements, but he doesn't get anywhere. Virginia gets the ball back when Conneely tries to get under his man and his was called for being in the crease.

5:55 Virginia gets a couple good looks, but they're wide. On an endline restart, Stanwick goes left and shoots high falling away from the goal, and Feeney saves it easy up high. At the other end, Belinsky's shot is deflected high over the crossbar, but Penn backs up.

4:15 Restarting off a sideline horn, and Belinsky goes after Clements (who's on with a shortstick). Penn commits a turnover at the top of the box, and Virginia clears, but can't back up their shot. Penn goes the other way.

3:55 Parietti cutting through the crease and takes a feed from X and finishes stickside low on a feed from Rob Fitzpatrick. 6-6

2:00 Virginia wins the draw and Stanwick isos on the right wing, pulls an S-Dodge and finishes with a righty dive above the crease for his fifth goal. In the words of my man Joe Sweeney, he's playing for the chocolate (game MVPs win giant Whitman's Sampler). Virginia 7-6

:09 Crazy sequence. Running on in transition, Briggs fed Bocklet for a righty jump shot that Feeney got a foot on with 35 seconds to go, sparked transition the other way, Savage carried in, but Fortunato made a good save inside, then Schwalje founds space at top left for a righty shot. Time runs out before the face-off is controlled. 7-7

Fourth Quarter

13:00 Penn wins the draw, but Savage's shot is knocked down and Vrirginia claers. McMahon who's done a good job on Briggs, turns him back. White turns the ball over on the crease, but Stanwick works to get it back on the ride, feeds White for a frantic empty net attempt, but the shot's wide.

7:59 Penn can't clear as they're offsides, and Virginia sets up again. Things are heating up. Feeney makes another nice save on Bocklet. Stanwick with another s-dodge goal, his sixth of the game.Virginia 8-7

5:39 Penn settles in possession and Losco inverts on Tucker. Penn gets White caught on defense, but a feed to Savage on the inside gets collapsed and Virginia comes away with the ball. Virginia clears and calls timeout.

3:38 Stanwick carries against Koshansky and looks to be in pain — he's taken some hits today. White gets hs man hung up, goes to the right pipe, but his shot is high. On the restart, Stanwick slos it down. Cockerton — the most diversely skilled Canadian according to several Canadian players I talked to yesterday — dodges lefty down the alley and finishes down low. Virginia 9-7

1:14 Clements digs out a nice groundball to win the draw, but Penn gets possession and clears. Joe McCallion dodges on the right wing on Emery, but his shot is blocked out of bounds for the horn. Schwalje's feed from x is picked off by Fortunato, and Virginia has to keep it in. Stanwickworks at X, to Emery up top, and Penn isn't able to pressure much or double for the goalie. Stanwick finds Bocklet in the slot for a powerful shot up high. Virginia 10-7

:11 Penn wins the draw and calls timeout. Virginia causes a timeout off the restart, but Penn picks off the clearing pass and Adler's shot is off target and Penn backs it up uses their last timeout. Conneely catches a pass top right and finishes down low. Virginia 10-8

Virginia wins the draw, and that's it. To the field for postgame.

UVA beats Penn 10-6 at the "Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic" ~ #UVA #Lacrosse #Lax #Penn #Hoos #Quakers

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Penn vs. No. 6 Virginia, Live from the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic

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Pregame

Welcome to Mile HIgh, we're high above the field in the thin air, ready to get underway as the Cavs and Quakers prep for the regular season finale.O

One Major note — Chris Lapierre won't play for Virginia today.

Make sure to check out John Jiloty's Sights and Sounds post to get a view of the scene, and let's get underway in Denver.

Virginia
A-Steele Stanwick
A-Chris Bocklet
A-Owen Van Arsdale
M-Colin Briggs
M-Rob Emery
M-Matt White
D-Scott McWilliams
D-Harry Prevas
D-Matt Lovejoy
G-Rob Fortunato

Penn
A-Dan Savage
A-Ryan Parietti
A-Isaac Bock
M-Anthony Adler
M-John Conneely
M-Jacob Bock
D-Reid Tudor
D-Will Koshansky
D-Maxx Meyer
G-Brian Feeney

First Quarter

13:49 Penn won the opening draw, but Isaac Bock turned the ball over and Virginia clears, sets up iwth the No. 1 middies. With a flag own, Stanwick and White go to a two-man game beind and Bocklet catches on the left pipe for the finish. Flag was waved off by the goal. Virginia 1-0

11:29 Again, Penn digs out the draw off a scrumb in the Penn offensive zone, but doesn't get a good look. At the other end, Van Arsdale finds Stanwick down low for an easy finish on the crease. Virginia 2-0

9:19 Penn wins the third face-off of the day and Adler gets Penn's first good look of the day, but it's wide and backed up. Virginia gets the ball back when Belinsky inverts and gets a step, but releases at GLE and puts his shot in the back of the net. At the other end, White can't handle a forced pass to the crease and it's otu to Penn over the endline.

6:49 Penn retauns possession on a cheap clear that's deflected out of bounds, but a minute later, a skip pass from X gets to midfield and Virignia gets possession off the scrum.

6:12 Conneely steps into a step down eight-yard shot from Tim Schwalje with a righty rip up high.Virginia 2-1

5:38 Tucker picks up Virginia's first face-off win, works the ball to Matt Kugler who finds Stanwick alone on the crease, and he finishes with fake low/shoot high. Virginia 3-1

2:15 Stanwick carrying right-handed from back right, fakes a flip, turns underneath and fakes low, finishes high again. Virginia 4-1

0:02 Coming out of a timeout with 15 seconds left, Conneely carries righty from the top right corner, moves it to Schwalje who skips to Savage who hits up top with a nice righty shot. Virginia 4-2

A fast first quarter was highlighted by Penn dominating face-offs early, but not really able to control the ball as they committed early turnovers.

Second Quarter

13:34 Danny Feeney wins the opening draw against Benincasa after a violation post whistle. Belisnky drives quickly to his lift, McWilliams gets a good lift on him and his pass to the crease is off target and Lovejoy intercepts. Briggs clears.

10:48 Briggs dodges on Matt McMahon, gets to about seven yards and puts a shot on, but Feeney stands tall and Penn clears. Penn gets a great look when Belisnky, inverted and going to his right from X, finds Parietti on the crease, he peels back, shoots low, but hits the post. Penn retains possession. Zack Losco hits a shot and it goes wide. Savage hits the post and it goes wide again, then Fortunato stops a Penn shot.

10:19 After five great looks, Penn gets its goal when Fortunato's clearing pass is picked off by Connelly, who moves it to Belinsky then Savage for the easy finish in transition. Virginia 4-3

6:50 Penn wins the draw again, sets up and gets a handful of good looks, then the Quakers and Cavs trade turnovers before Koshansky causes a turnover outside the Virginia box, carries into the offensive box and finds Parietti at the point for a big rip that sent a piece of the net flying into the air. 4-4

4:30 Virginia comes away from a long face-off scrum with the ball, but Feeney is up for Cockerton's shot. Penn clears, but doesn't back up their shot. In transition, Kugler just misses and Virginia calls timeout.

2:50 Out of the timeout, Steele throws back on a pick to Bocklet, who moves it to Emery for a stepdown that's just wide. Bocklet dodges from back right and moving away from the goal off a Stanwick pick, tries a spinning right hander that Feenet stops. Penn clears.

2:06 Belinsky inverts again, dodges to the right pipe, skips to up top, Savage makes a quick move to his right and finishes stickside high on Fortunato. The Quakers have really cut down their sloppiness, and UVa. hasn't worked for good looks this quarter.  Penn 5-4

:43 Virginia wins the draw and Stanick goes to work on Koshansky. He doesn't get a look, and the ball works to White, who gets his man caught up. Stanwick fakes a cut away on the crease, cuts back the ball and finishes a quickstick on the crease. 5-5

:00 Penn wins the draw on a violation, but quickly turns the ball over. Virginia clears and calls timeout with 15 seconds to go. Out of the timeout, Steele carries to his left, tries to feed the crease, but Koshansky knocks the pass down and time expires.

Third Quarter

10:30 Penn wins the draw, Virginia gets the ball back, but is offsides. The hitting is ratcheting up as Penn and Virginia trade two more turnovers, by Schwalje and White, respectively. Koshansky gives the ball back, then Kugler back to Penn. Coming out fo the box, Conneely takes a big righty rip that goes off Fortunato's chin. Penn turns the ball over on the restart, and Virginia clears and settles. In a scramble in front of the net, Stanwick hits the right post. On a skip, Emery dodges down the right alley and finishes offside low. Virginia 6-5

8:00 More turnovers as Van Arsdale can't handle the pass on the crease, and Penn clears. A long possession features two Adler dodges on Clements, but he doesn't get anywhere. Virginia gets the ball back when Conneely tries to get under his man and his was called for being in the crease.

5:55 Virginia gets a couple good looks, but they're wide. On an endline restart, Stanwick goes left and shoots high falling away from the goal, and Feeney saves it easy up high. At the other end, Belinsky's shot is deflected high over the crossbar, but Penn backs up.

4:15 Restarting off a sideline horn, and Belinsky goes after Clements (who's on with a shortstick). Penn commits a turnover at the top of the box, and Virginia clears, but can't back up their shot. Penn goes the other way.

3:55 Parietti cutting through the crease and takes a feed from X and finishes stickside low on a feed from Rob Fitzpatrick. 6-6

2:00 Virginia wins the draw and Stanwick isos on the right wing, pulls an S-Dodge and finishes with a righty dive above the crease for his fifth goal. In the words of my man Joe Sweeney, he's playing for the chocolate (game MVPs win giant Whitman's Sampler). Virginia 7-6

:09 Crazy sequence. Running on in transition, Briggs fed Bocklet for a righty jump shot that Feeney got a foot on with 35 seconds to go, sparked transition the other way, Savage carried in, but Fortunato made a good save inside, then Schwalje founds space at top left for a righty shot. Time runs out before the face-off is controlled. 7-7

Fourth Quarter

13:00 Penn wins the draw, but Savage's shot is knocked down and Vrirginia claers. McMahon who's done a good job on Briggs, turns him back. White turns the ball over on the crease, but Stanwick works to get it back on the ride, feeds White for a frantic empty net attempt, but the shot's wide.

7:59 Penn can't clear as they're offsides, and Virginia sets up again. Things are heating up. Feeney makes another nice save on Bocklet. Stanwick with another s-dodge goal, his sixth of the game.Virginia 8-7

5:39 Penn settles in possession and Losco inverts on Tucker. Penn gets White caught on defense, but a feed to Savage on the inside gets collapsed and Virginia comes away with the ball. Virginia clears and calls timeout.

3:38 Stanwick carries against Koshansky and looks to be in pain — he's taken some hits today. White gets hs man hung up, goes to the right pipe, but his shot is high. On the restart, Stanwick slos it down. Cockerton — the most diversely skilled Canadian according to several Canadian players I talked to yesterday — dodges lefty down the alley and finishes down low. Virginia 9-7

1:14 Clements digs out a nice groundball to win the draw, but Penn gets possession and clears. Joe McCallion dodges on the right wing on Emery, but his shot is blocked out of bounds for the horn. Schwalje's feed from x is picked off by Fortunato, and Virginia has to keep it in. Stanwickworks at X, to Emery up top, and Penn isn't able to pressure much or double for the goalie. Stanwick finds Bocklet in the slot for a powerful shot up high. Virginia 10-7

:11 Penn wins the draw and calls timeout. Virginia causes a timeout off the restart, but Penn picks off the clearing pass and Adler's shot is off target and Penn backs it up uses their last timeout. Conneely catches a pass top right and finishes down low. Virginia 10-8

Virginia wins the draw, and that's it. To the field for postgame.