Virginia edges upset-minded Stony Brook

Top-seeded Cavaliers hold off host, 10-9

May 23, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet scored three goals and assisted on two others, and the Virginia men's lacrosse team held off an upset-minded Stony Brook squad to win, 10-9, in a NCAA tournament quarterfinal before an announced 10,024 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

The top-seeded Cavaliers (16-1) advanced to their third consecutive Final Four and their seventh in the past nine years. Meanwhile, the No. 8 seed Seawolves ended their season at 13-4 and could not add a first national semifinal berth to the first quarterfinal appearance they earned this season.

Virginia owned a 5-1 advantage 2 minutes, 34 seconds into the second quarter but could not stretch the lead against Stony Brook, which chipped away and tied the score on three occasions -- at 5, 7 and 8, the last with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter.

Although the Cavaliers answered with back-to-back goals from Bocklet at 5:21 and sophomore midfielder Colin Briggs at 3:45, the Seawolves halved the deficit to one when senior attackman Tom Compitello converted a feed from junior midfielder Timmy Trenkle with 2:11 left in regulation.

But junior goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman blocked a drive from junior attackman Jordan McBride in the final minute of play, and Virginia burned off the remaining time to cement the victory.

In addition to Bocklet, the Cavaliers also got three goals from junior midfielder Shamel Bratton and two assists from sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola).

Junior midfielder and Tewaaraton Award finalist Kevin Crowley paced Stony Brook with two goals and one assist, and sophomore midfielder Robbie Campbell chipped in one goal and two assists.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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