(Photo Courtesy of Virginia Athletics)
In a game that was scheduled just one week ago, the Virginia Cavaliers took down the Army West Point Black Knights 14-9.
Despite the Black Knights appearing to be right on the Cavaliers’ heels all game and a 12-save performance from Wyatt Schupler to lead a solid defensive effort, the Cavaliers – who were coming off a blowout win against Towson last week – were just more efficient in every area of the game.
Virginia really earned an edge at the faceoff dot with Petey LaSalla going 12-for-16 (75%) as their primary option at the X. They also doubled up Army in ground balls (46-26) and killed the Black Knights with their signature ride, only allowing Army to convert on 10 of 19 clears overall and 1 of 5 in the third quarter alone to really drain the Black Knights’ energy.
The two squads went back-and-forth during the first quarter and Virginia was able to get ahead by one, 5-4, heading into the second. While both defenses were able to get into a little bit more of a rhythm in the second, a late three-goal run from Virginia, which included a buzzer-beater from Payton Cormier, put the Cavaliers up 8-4 and put Virginia even more in the drivers seat coming into the second half. Ian Laviano added to the Virginia run early in the third, pushing their lead out to five.
Army, who was led by Brendan Nichtern with five points (2G/3A) and Adam Byrnes with three goals, scratched and clawed as much as they could, but was never able to cut the Virginia lead under four again.
Payton Cormier (3G/2A) and Matt Moore (3G) led the Virginia offense. Bobby Gavin made 12 saves with a 57% save percentage.
Loyola 8, Richmond 7 (OT)
While the Cavaliers and Black Knights were battling in Charlottesville, just an hour southeast the Richmond Spiders and Loyola Greyhounds were opening their seasons with a contest that one could describe as sleepy.
Through the first three quarters neither offense was really able to get things going, as Richmond held a 5-3 lead entering the fourth. But starting with a goal late in the third from Riley Seay, the Greyhounds offense started to wake up. In the final 22:28 of regulation, Loyola outscored the Richmond 5-3 to tie things up 7-7 and force overtime.
Kevin Lindley scored the final two goals in regulation to send things to overtime and then scored the game-winner for the Greyhounds, taking a feed from James Evans in the heart of the Richmond defense and somehow being able to get a shot off with a defender on his hands.
Sam Schafer recorded 10 saves in cage to keep the Richmond offense at bay and Greyhounds in the game for the majority of the contest. Lindley ended with three goals to lead their offense and Bailey Savio went 10-for-17 (58%) at the faceoff dot.
Richmond had six different scorers in the game. Freshman Luke Grayum led the Spiders with two goals while Tyler Shoults had two points (1G/1A). Jack Rusbuldt made 12 saves in the contest.