Men's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, April 3

April 4, 2010

No. 1 Virginia is Triumphant over No. 4 Maryland in College Park Barnburner

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomores Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick each matched career highs with four goals to lead the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (10-0, 1-0 ACC) over the No. 4 Maryland Terrapins (6-2, 1-2) on Saturday night, 11-10, in front of 7,639 fans at Byrd Stadium. The Cavaliers opened up Atlantic Coast Conference action for the second year in a row with a triumph over Maryland.

Virginia shot out of the gate on the shoulders of Chris Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) who scored three straight goals, spearheading a 6-0 Cavalier run to start the game. Bocklet scored unassisted at 13:53 after running from the X position and depositing the ball in the upper corner of the goal. He scored again on John Haldy's (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) pass at 12:05 and capped his run at 9:12 with a score via a Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.) helper.

Carroll scored his first goal of the game 15-yards out on a Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) assist with 5:11 left in the first quarter. White then assisted Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) at 2:44 and Haldy's unassisted left-handed goal with 2:10 left in the first quarter capped the 6-0 Virginia run.

Maryland was able to dent the scoreboard with six seconds left in the opening period when Will Yeatman scored on a pass from Ryan Young, cutting the Terrapins deficit to five goals, 6-1.

Adam Sear started a 4-0 run for Maryland with a man-up goal via a Travis Reed feed at 12:01. The Terrapins were in the extra-man situation after Bray Malphrus was charged with holding at 12:31.

Joe Cummings scored on a Young assist at 7:41. Then Young scored unassisted on the ensuing faceoff at 7:17. Cummings took a feed from Yeatman at 3:36 to cut the UVa lead to one goal, 10-9.

Young almost evened the scored, 10-10, but stepped in the crease negating the score at 2:10. Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) then beat his defender and fired a rocket into the net unassisted at 1:51 to push UVa's lead back to two goals, 11-9.

Yeatman in transition squeezed his fourth goal of the game with 57 seconds left to bring the Terrapins' deficit down to one goal, 11-10.

Virginia won the ensuing faceoff and was able to run out the clock to secure the one goal victory.

Virginia won the shots (37-33), ground balls (34-30) and faceoffs (15-9) battles, while turning over the ball (21-18) more than the Terrapins.

Adam Ghitelman saved four shots in between the pipes for UVa, while Brian McDermott won 13-of-20 faceoffs

Bitter's Big Day Powers UNC Past Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD. - Billy Bitter returned from his leg injury to score four goals to lead the No. 3 North Carolina men's lacrosse team to an 11-7 victory over No. 14 Johns Hopkins before a crowd of 4,012 at Homewood Field. The Tar Heels improved to 10-0, the first time it has started a season with 10 wins in a row since the 1991 team went 16-0 en route to winning the national championship.

UNC's defense was stellar with Chris Madalon making nine saves. The unit as a whole limited the Blue Jays to seven goals, the fewest Hopkins has scored against Carolina at Homewood Field since 1988 in a 6-5 Johns Hopkins win.

Bitter's four goals matched his season high which he had in UNC's 13-7 win at Duke last month. He led a balanced scored attack which saw seven other Tar Heels score a goal each, including the first career goals for freshmen midfielders Cam Wood and Ian Braddish. Jimmy Dunster, Gavin Petracca, Marcus Holman, Michael Burns and Chris Layne also scored goals for the Tar Heels in the win. Dunster, Petracca, Holman and defenseman Milton Lyles all had a single assist for the Tar Heels.