Richmond vs. Bryant
March 29, 2014
The Game Story:
Richmond mens lacrosse heads to Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. for a tussle with No. 12 Bryant Saturday, with the opening faceoff at 2 p.m. The Spiders (2-7) are coming off their first-ever win in Robins Stadium, a 14-7 decision over Wagner last Friday night. Bryant (7-2) has won its last five games and has the programs highest ranking. Richmond volunteer assistant Mason Poli is a former Bryant star, and Bryants head coach, Mike Pressler, was the head coach at Duke of current Richmond head coach Dan Chemotti, giving the team plenty of ties to one another. On the field, the Spiders have turned the young program into a defensive-minded squad, sitting sixth in the NCAA in caused turnovers. Longstick midfielder Brendan Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.), the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week, sports an average of three caused turnovers a game, second-most in Division I. Offensively, the Spiders have three players with 10 or more goals, led by freshman Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.), who has 19. His goals-per-game average puts him in the Top 10 for freshmen nationally. J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) adds 16 and is the hot hand for the Spiders, netting a goal in Richmonds last five games. Jean-Luc Chetner (Pentiction, BC) has amassed 10 goals so far this season, including a career-high three in the Wagner win. Bryant is second in the country in faceoff win percentage, fifth in ground balls per game and eighth in scoring defense, which could make things difficult for a young Spiders team. Bulldog Kevin Massa is fourth nationally with a 67.8 faceoff win percentage, while goalie Gunnar Waldt sits eighth in the country by allowing just 7.8 goals per game and has the second-highest save percentage (63.1) in all of college lacrosse. The game, technically a home game for Richmond, will be played at Cold Spring Harbor HS, on Long Island. Bryant will host live stats at the Bulldogs Web site. The Spiders will play their remaining four games in the Atlantic Sun over the last four weekends, starting at Furman on April 5.