Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/27/14
From Press Release
And David A. Willauer
Virginia’s Mark Cockerton led the Cavaliers (10-5) with four goals and three assists to help push UVa past the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (10-4) in the inaugural ACC Showcase Saturday night, 13-11, at PPL Park.
The win is UVa’s 50th all-time over North Carolina, which serves as the most all-time for the Cavaliers against any opponent. The win also snapped UVa’s four-game losing streak to the Tar Heels.
“That was a very important victory for us,” said Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “It’s been a tough grind for us the past couple of weeks, and we needed this one badly. We may have been a playoff team even if we didn’t win tonight, but now we have a little more confidence and momentum going forward after getting the win.”
Cavalier freshman goalie Matt Barrett (Malvern Prep) had some key saves and nine overall to preserve the win.
“It was a good game as we battled the whole time,” said Barrett, who has started every game this year.
“It was back and forth it was good to see us bounce back. It was the little things that we did by picking up ground balls making sure we cleared the ball. UNC has good shooters
“Even when they had momentum we never got down on ourselves.”
Also from Philly, Chris LaPierre (Shawnee) had five groundballs for Virginia while Joe Lisicky (Unionville) had three groundballs and Bobby Hill (Malvern Prep) had one.
UNC got a goal, two assists, three groundballs and a caused turnover from Joey Sankey (Penn Charter) and a goal each from Steve Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep) and Ryan Creighton (Malvern Prep). Ryan Kilpatrick (Salesianum School) had a groundball.
UVa grabbed a quick 2-0 lead to start the game on goals by James Pannell and Tyler German. Pannell assisted German’s goal at the 10:20 mark in the first quarter.
North Carolina bounced back with goals by R.G. Keenan and Pat Foster to tie the game, 2-2. Foster’s goal at 6:39 in the first quarter came off a ground ball when a save ricocheted off UVa goalie Barrett into the UNC attackman’s crosse.
Pannell put UVa back up by a goal, 3-2, when Blake Riley found the attackman in transition at the 5:37 mark in the first period.
North Carolina retaliated with a 6-1 run to take a commanding 8-4 lead deep into the second quarter. Jimmy Bitter capped the run with his second goal of the streak with 6:26 before the intermission.
Ryan Tucker put UVa on the board again with a goal with 2:37 left before the break, cutting the Cavalier deficit to three goals, 8-5.
Jordan Smith was charged with a slash for North Carolina with 45 seconds left in the second quarter and UVa retained possession to start the third quarter without a faceoff. Rob Emery scored the extra-man goal to start the third quarter on a Greg Coholan pass five seconds into the third frame.
Emery’s goal continued a 5-1 UVa run that carried over from the second quarter. Cockerton scored twice during the run and found Tucker with 7:31 left in the third quarter to cap the run, tying the game at 9-9.
North Carolina went on a 2-1 run to end the third period and regained the lead, 11-10. T.J. Kemp capped the streak on a Foster pass at 1:54. The Tar Heels never found nylon for the remainder of the evening.
Virginia owned the fourth quarter as Barrett made four saves and shutout the Tar Heels in the final stanza.
Cockerton found Pannell with 11:07 left in the game, tying the contest at 11-11. Then Cockerton assisted his third goal when he hit German with 6:05 left in the game. For good measure Cockerotn capped the win with an empty-net goal with 1:07 left, sealing the victory.
UVa enjoys a bye week before the NCAA Tournament commences. The NCAA Selection Show airs Sunday, May 4 live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. First-round games are played at home sites May 10-11. New in 2014 will be two play-in games to be played on May 7 on TBD campus sites. The play-in games will feature the four lowest-ranked automatic qualifying berth teams.
North Carolina 4-4-3-0-11
Scoring (G-A) – V: Mark Cockerton 4-3, James Pannell 3-1, Ryan Tucker 2-0, Tyler German 2-0, Greg Coholan 0-2, Rob Emery 1-0, Mick Parks 1-0, Owen Van Arsdale 0-1, Blake Riley 0-1. NC: Pat Foster 3-2, Jimmy Bitter 3-0, Joey Sankey 1-2, Steve Pontrello 1-0, Shane Simpson 1-0, Ryan Creighton 1-0, R.G. Keenan 1-0, T.J. Kemp 1-0, Luke Goldstock 0-1.
Goalie Summary – V: Matt Barrett 60:00 mins. 9 saves 11 goals allowed. NC: Kieran Burke 60 mins. 8 saves 12 goals allowed.
Shots: V-40, NC-33
Ground Balls: V-39, NC-32
Clearing: V-16×22, NC-11×19
Faceoffs: V-15, NC-12
Penalties: V-5-4:00, NC-4-3:00
EMO: V-2×3, NC-2×5
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