Midweek Notebook: Virginia Tops High Point

(Photo Courtesy of Virginia Athletics)

Following a 10-point loss to ACC rival Syracuse over the weekend, the Virginia Cavaliers bounced back with a 12-11 victory over the High Point Panthers.

Virginia was led by Matt Moore with five points (3G/2A) and saw Alex Rode post 17 saves with a 60% save percentage. Additionally, Connor Shellenberger tallied three points (1G/2A) and Petey LaSalla went 11-for-17. Kyle Kology recorded five caused turnovers and gobbled up five ground balls, being the leader in front of the cage on the back end.

Kevin Rogers and Dalton Sulver led the Panthers with three points (2G/1A) each. Brayden Mayea also had two goals. Parker Green made 15 saves with a 55% save percentage.

The Cavaliers had the upper hand in almost every area of the contest, more than doubling up the Panthers in the ground ball battle (59-39) and going 20-for-25 in the clearing game opposed to High Point only converting 18 of 24 clears. Both teams ended the contest with an enormous amount of turnovers with High Point ending with 25 opposed to Virginia’s 27. However, the majority of the Cavaliers’ came during a very chaotic fourth quarter.

Virginia sprinted out of the gates, taking an early 3-0 lead with Peter Garno, Grayson Sallade, and Connor Shellenberger  finding the back of the net within the first five minutes of the contest. Koby Russell broke the ice for High Point, scoring off a nasty, dodge, undodge, redodge sequence right around the cage. However, the Cavaliers were able to end the quarter with a heap of momentum following a three-goal run that included a buzzer-beating long pole goal from Ben Wayer.

In the second, High Point flipped into another gear. The Panthers came out much like the Cavaliers had a quarter earlier and rattled off five straight early in the quarter. The Panthers’ run started with a long pole goal from Clayton Krol. In addition to their offense catching fire in the quarter, Parker Green got hot in cage, making five saves in the quarter to help keep the Cavaliers’ offense at bay.

Holding a 8-6 lead heading into the half following two straight goals from Charlie Bertrand and Xander Dickson to end the half, the Cavaliers extended their run to three goals with a Matt Moore goal in transition off a Jared Conner feed and outscored the Panthers 3-1 in the third quarter. But High Point didn’t stay down for long, as Hunter Vines ended the nearly 11-minute scoring drought early in the fourth, and Kevin Rogers and Brayden Mayea each found the back of the net in the quarter after an Ian Laviano goal for Virginia to cut the Cavaliers lead to 12-10.

After a chaotic final few minutes that featured multiple turnovers, pipe shots, and more, Mayea scored the final goal of the game at the buzzer. However, it wouldn’t change much as the Cavaliers walked away with the victory.

Providence 18, Fairfield 17

The Providence Friars survived the comeback effort from the Fairfield Stags and eked out the one-goal, 18-17, home victory on Tuesday night.

While the Stags jumped out to a 2-0 lead with early goals from Matt Chlastawa and Travis Ford. Brendan Driscoll got the Friars on the board minutes later before the two sides went back-and-forth for the remainder of the quarter. Late in the first, Providence got hot and put together a five-goal run that lasted from the :35 mark in the first through the 8:30 mark in the second and help them take a 10-6 lead into the half.

Providence held the lead and a majority of the momentum entering the second half, but the script would soon flip midway through the third. Fairfield outscored Providence 6-1 in the final 7:41 of the third to tie things up at 14 heading into the final stanza. And while the two sides traded two-goal runs to keep things tied at 16 with 2:44 in the contest, two straight from Brendan Driscoll and Ryan Zimmerman proved to seal the deal for the Friars. Dean Ford scored the final goal of the game for the Stags with just 36 seconds left in the game, but they couldn’t convert another one to tie it back up again.

Ryan Zimmerman had a career-night for the Friars, tallying six points (4G/2A). Dan Axelson (2G/3A) and Tim Hinrichs (4G/1A) each had five points. Toby Burgdorf made 14 saves in cage.

Patrick Drake led Fairfield with six points (3G/3A) while Dylan Beckwith tallied five points (2G/3A). Colin Consoli made 16 saves.

Vermont 21, Umass Lowell 7

In the first America East game of the 2021 season, the Vermont Catamounts trounced the UMass Lowell River Hawks. The Catamounts started hot, getting up 6-0 early in the first. They continued to put the pedal to the metal, taking a 14-1 lead at the half and 20-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The River Hawks got three of their seven goals via a three-goal run to start the final frame. Jonas Hunter got the Catamounts their 21st goal on a man-up play with 2:23 remaining in the contest.

David Closterman (3G/3A), Liam Limoges (2G/4A), and Michael McCormick (6G) led the way for the Catamounts with six points. Tommy Burke went 14-for-18 (77%) at the dot and Ryan Cornell made 13 saves with a 65% save percentage.

Jake Davis led UMass Lowell with four points (3G/1A).

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