Feb. 21, 2004
The University of Virginia men's lacrosse team opened the 2004 season this afternoon with a 15-4 win over Drexel in a game played before an overflow crowd of 2500 at the Haverford School. The win is the Cavaliers' 11th in a row, their longest since a 13-game streak four years ago.
Virginia was remarkably balanced offensively with 11 different players notching goals. Kyle Dixon, Nathan Kenney, Ted Lamade and Matt Ward led the way with two apiece. Dixon and Ward both added assists to share scoring honors with John Christmas (1g, 2a).
The Dragons controlled the ball for most of the game's first four minutes but were unable to squeeze off a shot. A turnover by middie Yoni Cohen gave the Cavaliers their first significant possession and they quickly capitalized as John Christmas beat goalie Ryan Harney from the left side at 10:09. The shot was just Virginia's second of the game. Senior Justin Mullen scored on UVa's next attempt less than a minute later.
Middie Ted Lamade, seeing his first significant action in two years, scored his first goal since 2001 at the 6:41 mark of the first quarter to push the lead to 3-0. By this time Drexel hadn't even taken a shot. Matt Ward tallied with just over four minutes to play in the opening quarter for a 4-0 UVa lead.
Sophomore Jesse Rumble got Drexel on the board early in the second quarter with the first of his two goals. Rumble's goal was the Dragons' lone goal of the first 46 minutes of the game.
The Cavaliers rattled off the next seven goals to build an 11-1 lead going into the fourth quarter. Virginia goalie Tillman Johnson was replaced by Ryan Thompson shortly after giving up a goal to Sean Moloney early in the final quarter. Johnson finished with seven saves. Thompson allowed two goals, including one EMO goal, before giving way to freshman Kip Turner for the final six minutes. Turner stopped two shots.
UVa outshot Drexel 46-29 and was outstanding in transition with 25 successful clears in 27 attempts.
The Cavaliers head west next weekend for their next action. They face Air Force at 1 PM (EST) Saturday and Denver at 3:30 PM (EST) Sunday. Both games will be played at the University of Denver.
Shots: UVA--46, DU--29
Clearing: UVA--25 of 27, DU--18 of 23
Faceoffs: UVA--11, DU--12
Ground Balls: UVA--52, DU--46
Penalites: UVA--3-3:00, DU--2-1:30
Extra-man scoring: UVA--1 of 2, DU--1 of 3
Goalie summary: UVA--Tillman Johnson-47 mins, 7 saves, 2 goals allowed; Ryan Thompson-7 minutes, 1 save, 2 goals ; Kip Turner-6 minutes, 2 saves, 0 goals.
DU--Ryan Harney--49 mins, 15 saves, 13 goals allowed; Will Melton-11 minutes, 1 save, 2 goals. Virginia scoring (G-A)-- Kyle Dixon 2-1, Matt Ward 2-1, Nathan Kenney 2-0, Ted Lamade 2-0, John Christmas 1-2, Joe Yevoli 1-1, Mike Abbott 1-0, Newton Gentry 1-0, Hunter Kass 1-0, Justin Mullen 1-0, Matt Poskay 1-0.
Drexel scoring (G-A)-- Jesse Rumble 2-0, Sean Moloney 1-1, Yoni Cohen 1-0, Mike Fillippone 0-1, Joe Fiore 0-1.
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