No. 1 Virginia races by VMI
Cavs improve to 18-0 vs. VMI in series that dates back to 1949
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Twelve different players scored for No. 1 Virginia (4-0) on Monday night, as the Cavaliers easily defeated the visiting VMI Keydets (1-3) inside Klöckner Stadium. Steele Stanwick and Chris Bocklet led the way with seven points apiece to help UVa head coach Dom Starsia win his 320th career game, seven away from breaking Jack Emmer’s mark (326) for most wins by a head coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Another milestone was passed on Monday night as UVa goalie Adam Ghitelman won his 41st career game in between the pipes, passing Kip Turner for most goalie wins in program history. Ghitelman became the 17th player all-time at the NCAA Division I level to reach the 40-win plateau on Saturday at No. 5 Stony Brook.
Virginia is now 18-0 all-time against VMI in a series that dates back to 1949. After Keith Long scored unassisted at 9:41 in the first quarter for VMI, tying the score at 1-1, UVa went on a 14-0 run that ran deep into the third quarter. Virginia limited VMI from taking a shot in the second quarter, as the Cavaliers went into the intermission with a 12-1 advantage.
Bocklet and Mark Cockerton amassed four goals and three goals respectively in the first half, while Stanwick added two goals and two assists. Ghitelman gave way after two quarters to Rob Fortunato, allowing only one goal and saving three shots.
Starsia played a lot of different Cavaliers in the second half, as Pat Harbeson and Jacob Ghitelman tallied their first career goals. John Haldy and Brian McLinden also scored their first goals of the season against the Keydets.
“Everybody pays the price to be a part of this, and so everybody wants to be out there playing under the lights for a real game,” Starsia said. “It is great to get everybody off the bench and give them a chance to play.”
VMI’s offense was led by Long, who scored two goals. Drew Leonard, Lowell Patterson, Bobby Davis and Tyler Griffith all added goals in the setback.
Virginia’s only lost category was in saves (5-15), but outshot the Keydets 65-20, picked up more ground balls (63-49) and won the faceoff battle (17-13).