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With 43.2 seconds left in the game Michael Kraus, who is fighting the Flu, scored the game-winner on, essentially, and open cage for the Cavaliers to secure the 18-15 victory over the High Point Panthers.
High Point Freshman goalie Parker Green made an effort to get into position and block the shot, but Kraus’ shot bounced in, solidifying the win for the Cavaliers. Ian Laviano and Kraus scored back-to-back goals just minutes earlier to break the 15-15 tie and give the Cavaliers the lead, as well as the momentum to finish strong after both sides traded goals for most of the quarter.
With the win, Virginia moves to 3-1 on the season and High Point drops to 1-3. The win for the Cavaliers also avoids an upset loss against the Panthers for second consecutive season.
After Peyton Cormier got Virginia on the board first, the Panthers struck back with a four-goal run to get ahead 4-1 midway through the first. But Virginia was able to finally find their footing, ending the quarter with five consecutive goals to take a 6-4 lead heading into the second.
The second quarter saw each side taking shots at each other as Virginia went ahead 10-7 at the half, but High Point went into the locker room with a ton of energy after Devon Buckshot and Asher Nolting scored back-to-back goals to end the half.
A three-minute penalty on Virginia faceoff man Petey LaSalla for an illegal crosse at the 9:09 minute mark in the third shifted the momentum towards the Panthers as they scored two straight on the power play. High Point ended the quarter on a three-goal run, which included an insane buzzer-beater from Devon Buckshot to tie things up at 13-13 heading into the fourth. The redshirt freshman also had magician-like back-handed feed to to Dalton Sulver earlier in the quarter, as well.
This win for Virginia comes off the heels of an upset loss against Princeton on Saturday where the Cavaliers got outscored 5-3 in the third and failed to bounce back in the fourth. Similarly, the Panthers outscored the Cavaliers 5-3 in the third tonight. Virginia was able to bounce back in the face of adversity and proved they can finish out games strong.
Michael Kraus (5G/2A) and Matt Moore (2G/5A) led Virginia with seven points each and Devon Buckshot (5G/1A) and Asher Nolting (1G/5A) led High Point with five points each. In goal, Parker Green made 15 saves for the Panthers and Alex Rode made 11 saves for Virginia. Petey LaSalla went 18-for-27 at the faceoff dot for the Cavaliers.
Stony Brook Wins The Long Island Rivalry
The all-time series in The Long Island Rivalry is now 6-5 in Hofstra’s favor after the Stony Brook Seawolves won the 11th all-time meeting between the two,14-11, on Tuesday night.
It was a back-and-forth contest the whole way, but a three-goal Seawolves run at the end of the second put them up 8-7 at the half. Hofstra was never able to gain the lead as Stony Brook went on a tear in the second half, outscoring the Pride 4-2 in the third to get ahead 12-9 and then finishing things off in a defensive heavy fourth quarter.
Cory VanGinhoven led Stony Brook with five points (2G/3A). Wayne White also scored two goals for the Seawolves. Ryan Tierney led Hofstra with four points (3G/1A), while Riley Forte also had four points (2G/2A).
Michael Bollinger made 16 saves for Stony Brook and Renz Conlon went 16-for-28 at the faceoff dot and scored a goal. Bobby Casey made 15 saves for Hofstra.
UMass 11, UMass Lowell 9
Monmouth 9, Wagner 5
Mount St. Mary’s 7, Georgetown 14
Robert Morris 12, Drexel 24
Bucknell 16, Binghamton 4
Harvard 8, Holy Cross 9
Hartford 6, Marist 14