Virginia Staves Off Stony Brook, 10-9

Virginia Staves Off Stony Brook, 10-9

Virginia Staves Off Stony Brook, 10-9

Virginia Staves Off Stony Brook, 10-9

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA PRESS RELEASE:

Top-Seeded Cavaliers are Baltimore Bound with Victory Over Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -Shamel Bratton and Chris Bocklet tallied three goals apiece, while Adam Ghitelman made 13 saves to lead the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers (16-1) to a 10-9 triumph over the eighth-seeded Stony Brook Seawolves (13-4) in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday in front of 10,024 spectators at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.

Virginia advances to the Cavaliers' third-straight Men's Lacrosse Championship and a semifinal matchup with Duke on Saturday, May 29 at M&T Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Stony Brook stayed close to the Cavaliers by winning the faceoff battle 18-5, but only managed to win the ground ball advantage by four, 32-28. Virginia, the nation's most competent clearing team (92.8 percent) was successful on 18-of-20 attempts under heated pressure all day from the Seawolves.

Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) opened up the game's scoring with his unassisted goal at 12:12. Stony Brook tied things up at 1-1 when Jared Le Verne scored in transition on a pass from Kevin Crowley at the 11:50 mark.

Virginia then reeled off four-straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage. Bratton struck again unassisted at 2:17, followed by a John Haldy (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) goal via a Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) pass at 1:23. Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) capped the first quarter scoring when Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) found the senior in front of the cage with 13 seconds left in the period. Connor English (Manhasset, N.Y.) ended the UVa run with a successful dodge of three Seawolves for an unassisted score at 12:26 in the second quarter.

Stony Brook finished the half scoring back-to-back goals to trail the Cavaliers 5-3 entering the intermission. Timmy Trenkle scored unassisted at 9:41, while Kyle Belton grabbed a Robbie Campbell pass at 7:48 for the goal, to finish out the first half scoring.

The Seawolves opened up the third quarter with back-to-back goals to tie the game at 5-5. Campbell scored unassisted at 13:15 after running behind the cage to his right and scoring while rounding the corner. Crowley scored at 5:30 on a pass from Jordan McBride to provide the Seawolves their fourth consecutive unanswered goal going back to the second quarter.

Bocklet put the Cavaliers back in the lead by scoring back-to-back goals to close out the third quarter. Bocklet's first, on a pass from Rhamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) at 1:49, ended a drought of 25:37 between Cavalier goals. Then after a superb save from point-blank range by Ghitelman (Syosset, N.Y.) on a Belton shot, Virginia pushed the ball and Bocklet scored on a feed from Stanwick with 45 seconds left in the third quarter, giving UVa the 7-5 advantage.

Stony Brook energized the capacity home crowd by opening up the fourth quarter with two straight goals, tying the game at 7-7. Belton scored unassisted at 14:54, followed by a Steven Waldeck unassisted score off the ensuing faceoff at 14:34.

Shamel Bratton put UVa up 8-7 with an unassisted tally at 13:40. Crowely tied the game again for Stony Brook at 5:36 on a pass from Campbell.

Virginia then scored two-straight goals to take a 10-8 advantage. Bocklet recorded his third goal of the game in transition on a Mikey Thompson (Richmond, Va.) pass. Colin Briggs capped UVa's scoring when Bocklet found the redshirt sophomore for a goal at 2:45.

Stony Brook made a final push when Tom Compitello found the net on a Trenkle pass with 2:11 left. In the closing minutes Ghitelman stood tall in between the pipes, making a couple of clutch saves, including a point-blank attempt from McBride with 28 seconds left, before Shamel Bratton ran the ball out on a clear to clinch the game and the trip to NCAA semifinals.

Ghitelman made 13 saves in between the pipes and Ken Clausen (Downington, Pa.) picked up a team-high six ground balls in the win.

Waldeck snatched a game-high eight ground balls, while goalie Charlie Paar made 10 saves in between the pipes for the Seawolves.

Virginia advances to the NCAA Semifinals at M&T Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Cavaliers are set to face ACC foe Duke on Saturday, May 29. Faceoff is to be determined and the game will be televised on ESPN2 in HD.

Photos by Rich Barnes.

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Wolves at the door
    by (#142666) on 5/24/10 @3:08PM
Stony Brook lacrosse is for real. The Cavs know that now. Look for Rick Sowell to roll out another winner in 2011.
 
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starsia's post game interview
    by (#248952) on 5/27/10 @7:11PM
Watched the game on ESPNU. Great game. However, I was disappointed after watching coach starsia's post game interview. When asked about how he felt to escape with a victory he gave zero credit to Stony Brook's players and the talent level they possess. Instead, he said something along the lines of "we made some silly mistakes and they had a big crowd." Come on coach, give some credit where it is due.
 
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Respect
    by (#221075) on 5/24/10 @4:17PM
As a UVA fan i would just like to say stony brook came to play. i have alot of respect for SB and their player's talent. congrats to them on a great season....as for the rest of the tournament. GO CAVS!
 
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great game
    by (#224361) on 5/24/10 @5:54PM
all around, did get some what sloppy at times but other then that some great lacrosse
 
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(no subject)
    by (#139861) on 5/24/10 @6:00PM
As other posters have said above, Stony Brook can play. When I saw the Seawolves play in Charlottesville two years ago, I remember thinking that their offense was really talented. Though Rand was ridiculous for Stony Brook this game, Ghitelman made the difference.

Both defenses played great, holding two of the top five offenses in the nation well below their season averages.

Stony Brook really limited Virginia in transition and Paar had a couple big saves. Virginia was able to prevent their big three from taking over the game. Great game from Clausen on Compitello.

Was it Tewaaraton worthy? Not quite, but he has another opportunity this weekend. If the defense can play like it did yesterday (holding Crotty, Quinzani, and Howell in check and having Ghitelman come up strong in the net), then the Cavaliers definitely take the win Saturday. Looking forward to a great game.

Go Hoos!
 
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Ghitelman
    by (#134646) on 5/24/10 @6:41PM
He was the difference in this game and probably the major difference in the game. If he can play like this the rest of the tourney i cant see virginia losing though he was the major reason they won. Anyone else find it quite ironic is cornell can win it this year after losing glynn and seibald.
 
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I agree
    by (#234398) on 5/25/10 @3:17PM
Ghitleman did amazing!!!!!!
go Cavs!!!!!!
 
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The real difference
    by (#91657) on 5/24/10 @7:14PM
Was Stony Brook's clearing and some really ill advised entry passes. Otherwise they impressed.

Those FOs were ridiculous though. I don't think I've seen so many wrestling matches at the X in a long time.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#139861) on 5/25/10 @1:45AM
Agreed. I feel like Rand had the ball under his stick about 90% of the time and McDermott just tried to keep him from sending the ball out to the wings. But yeah. Some of those face-offs lasted like thirty seconds. Ridiculous.
 
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"Seawolves"
    by (#240371) on 5/25/10 @12:44AM
Stupid Stony Brook, they never stood a chance with their team wearing 3 different chinstraps. This is not middle school lacrosse; outfit your team like young adults, not children.
 
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Just sayin'
    by (#186067) on 5/25/10 @1:17AM
Your a tool. Get to that level of play..then talk
 
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...
    by (#95883) on 5/25/10 @9:41AM
you're a towel. what you are basically saying is that what you wear defines your playing ability: "they never stood a chance with their team wearing 3 different chinstraps." you clearly don't understand this sport. equipment does have a factor, but you can still be good with a pos stick...and vice versa, you can be horrible with the best equipment in the world.

your point is even worse...you don't even talk about equipment that matters; you're talking about chinstraps...
 
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(no subject)
    by (#218600) on 5/25/10 @10:27PM
when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you play good, when you play good... you get the goods
 
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(no subject)
    by (#218600) on 5/25/10 @10:28PM
when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you play good, when you play good... you get the goods
 
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...
    by (#167078) on 5/25/10 @10:11AM
easy killers... I think it was a joke...
 
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McBride
    by (#90651) on 5/25/10 @9:08PM
After seeing the gaudy numbers from last two seasons, I was looking forward to seeing him play. Very passive all game - I understand he is a target player and not one to create his own chances..but he just seemed to just drift around. The chances he did get, were either not on cage, or - as with the potential game tying goal, were slow an poorly placed. Very impressed with SB overall @24 was terrific on LSM, and #3 did a pretty good job on Bratton when they did match up. Tragedy aside, UVA seems to chronically under-achieve, despite an incredible roster.
 
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One Love foundation
    by (#116624) on 5/25/10 @9:17PM
Anyone know if they are establishing a "one love foundation" similar to the one that was established for Bioardi when he died. Id love buy a t-shirt in support of a scholarship fund dedicated to her or something.
 
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Yes
    by (#142666) on 5/26/10 @10:59AM
Don't know about t-shirts, but this is a memorial fund already established at UVA:

http://tinyurl.com/26l9t49
 
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Pads?
    by (#246592) on 5/25/10 @9:53PM
Yo what elbow pads does the lax bro on the Cover picture have? the UVA, and the Stonybrook D pole.
 
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Kings
    by (#93833) on 5/26/10 @12:02AM
He is wearing Bring Kings, not sure if they are this year's model or last year's model.
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Check out this year's:
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http://www.lax.com/lacrosse-equipment/Brine-King-AG-Lacrosse-Arm-Pads-8167.html
 
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(no subject)
    by (#246592) on 5/26/10 @8:43PM
Thanks bro, I just ordered myself a pair I found them on dickssportinggoods. as lax.com didn't have the right size/color in stock. Thanks for the info can't wait to get them :P
 
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stony brook faceoff
    by (#243944) on 5/31/10 @9:17PM
did anyone notice that the faceoff man from stony brook was using a blade? which all blades are illegal in the ncaa. he was dominating the faceoffs and if his heads illeagl it would of gone a lot smoother for uva
 
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