Stony Brook vs. Virginia
February 21, 2009
The Game Story:
STONY BROOK, NY—Attackman Garrett Billings tied a school record with eight goals to lead Virginia to a 20-10 win over Stony Brook before 2861 fans at LaValle Stadium for the Cavaliers’ third win to start the season.

Billings tied the record set by Butch McCleary vs. Navy in 1958 and Doug Knight against Syracuse in 1996. Billings added three assists for a career-high 11 points, tied for third in school history. Billings also became the 11th player in school history to score 100 career goals; he now has 101.

The senior from Western Canada got the Cavaliers off to a quick start with two goals in the opening five minutes as Virginia built a 5-0 lead late in the opening quarter. Freshman Kyle Belton scored with 2.9 seconds left in the quarter for the Seawolves’ first goal.

Billings notched three consecutive goals in the second quarter as the Cavaliers scored the first five goals of the quarter to build a 10-1 advantage. Rhamel Bratton, who also set a career high with three goals, and Steve Giannone followed Billings’ triple.

Midfielder Brian Carroll scored two of his three goals to open the second half as Virginia’s lead grew to 12-3 at the 12:29 mark of the third quarter.

The teams traded goals for most of the remainder of the contest before the Cavaliers closed with a 4-1 run to double up the Seawolves.

The Cavalier attack of Billings, Danny Glading and freshman Steele Stanwick was particularly effective, combining for 10 goals and 11 assists. Stanwick, playing in just the third game of his career, finished with two goals and four assists.

Virginia’s close defense of Matt Kelly, Ryan Nizolek and Ken Clausen provided a formidable wall for goalie Adam Ghitelman, who made 10 saves in his first game near his home on Long Island. Kelly, in particular, did a good job of shutting down Stony Brook’s leading scorer Jordan McBride, allowing only one fourth-quarter goal.

Sophomore midfielder Chris Clements and freshman attackman Matt Kugler scored the first goals of their careers as head coach Dom Starsia used 37 players.

Virginia returns home to Klöckner Stadium Tuesday against Mount St. Mary’s. The game is scheduled to faceoff at 7 pm.