April 25, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--Attackman Jamie Leachman, substituting for injured starter Drew McKnight, scored five first-half goals as Virginia defeated Bucknell 27-5 in the final game of its regular season.
McKnight, the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer and leading assist man, watched from the sidelines with a separated shoulder suffered last weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game against Maryland. Virginia lost that game 14-11.
Leachman, a junior, scored the game's first goal when he stole goalie Stephen Ward's pass and converted and then tallied the last three goals of the first quarter to stake the Cavaliers to an 11-2 lead.
The Cavaliers will now wait for NCAA tournament bids to be handed out May 3.
BUCKNELL (6-7) 2 1 1 1 = 5 VIRGINIA (7-4) 11 9 5 2 = 27
GOALS: BUCKNELL - Alex Gibson 2, Ben Payne, Jim Egan, Ed Joffe
VIRGINIA: Jamie Leachman 5, Jay Jalbert 3, Drew Melchionni 2, Hanley Holcomb 2, Henry Oakey 2, Michael Leahy 2, Bruce Townsend 2, Evan Mancini 2, David Baruch 2, David Wren, Tucker Radebaugh, Josh Bradstreet, David Jenkins, Mark Murphy
ASSISTS: BUCKNELL - Alex Rudis, Joffe, Egan
VIRGINIA: Radebaugh 4, Jalbert 3, Leahy 2, Murphy 2, Wren, Jenkins, Jamison Mullen, Ian Shure, Will Quayle
SAVES: BUCKNELL 10 (Stephen Ward 3 saves, 19 shots, 11 goals allowed, 15 minutes; Andy Smith 7 saves, 31 shots, 16 goals allowed, 45 minutes)
VIRGINIA 10 (Ben O'Neil 5 saves, 13 shots, 3 goals allowed, 30 minutes; Matt D'Urso 4 saves, 8 shots, 1 goal allowed, 15 minutes; Hannon Wright 1 save, 8 shots, 1 goal allowed, 15 minutes)
SHOTS: BUCKNELL 29, VIRGINIA 51 GROUND BALLS: BUCKNELL 62, VIRGINIA 80 FACEOFFS: BUCKNELL 12, VIRGINIA 24 CLEARING: BUCKNELL 20 OF 38, VIRGINIA 28 OF 34 PENALTIES: BUCKNELL 3 FOR 3:00, VIRGINIA 3 FOR 2:30 EXTRA-MAN OPPORTUNITIES: BUCKNELL 0 goals in 3 chances, VIRGINIA 1 goal in 3 chances ATTENDANCE: 482 SERIES RECORD: VIRGINIA leads 2-0
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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