May 3, 2014

Richmond Wins #ASunMLax Championship

MACON, Ga. - Richmond defeated High Point to win the 2014 Atlantic Sun Men's Lacrosse Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. In an exciting game, the Spiders won 8-7 to capture the title.

Richmond's Mitch Goldberg scored the game-winner with 3:13 remaining to give the Spiders their berth to the NCAA Tournament. Benny Pugh made 14 saves, while Goldberg led the offense with two goals and an assist.

In the opening quarter teams traded goals in an evenly matched contest. Richmond took a 3-2 lead courtesy of goals by Chetner, Goldberg and Ginestro. The Panthers answered with goals by Dan Lomas and Tyler Cook.

The second quarter was dominated by both defenses as only one goal was scored. Alex Hatem scored with 5:58 remaining to give the Spiders their first two-goal lead of the half. Richmond outshot their opponents 20-13 in the opening half.

 

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The Panthers offense started to come to life in the third quarter, led by Lomas who completed his hat trick with two goals in the period. But Richmond answered to maintain a two-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter. Jackson Cabot and Brad Burnam scored to give the Spiders six different goal scorers at this point.

The fourth quarter was a back and forth affair as the Panthers made a run to start the quarter. Led by Dan Lomas, who finished with four goals, the Panthers tied the game at 6-6. Mitch Goldberg, selected as the Tournament MVP, took over for the Spiders to lead them to victory. He assisted with a behind-the-back pass and then scored the game-winner to secure the team's NCAA Tournament berth.

Offensive Player of the Year Dan Lomas led all scorers with five points. Teammate Austin Geisler recorded 12 saves, but the turnovers were costly as the Panthers committed 20 in the game. High Point also only converted 15 of their 21 clear attempts, which allowed Richmond to control the time of possession.

After having a big disparity in shots in their semifinal game, Richmond only had a 35-34 shot advantage in this game. The Spiders didn't convert any of their three man-up opportunities, but still were able to hold for the win late.

The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Selection Show will be Sunday at 9 p.m. live on ESPNU.

A-Sun Men's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
MVP: Mitch Goldberg, Richmond 
Alex Hatem, Richmond 
Benny Pugh, Richmond 
Jackson Cabot, Richmond 
Ryan Dennis, Richmond 
Matt Thistle, High Point 
Austin Geisler, High Point 
Dan Lomas, High Point 
Mike Nugent, Mercer 
Eoin Collins, Mercer 
Tom Moore, Jacksonville
Joey Pfister, Jacksonville

 

Richmond (5-10)
at
High Point (8-7)
5/3/2014 | Macon, Ga. | Attendance: 217
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Richmond 3 1 2 2 8
High Point 2 0 2 3 7
Stats at a Glance UR HPU
Shots 35 34
Ground Balls 29 30
Saves 14 13
Clears 19-22 15-21
Turnovers 15 20
Face-offs 7-18 11-18
Extra Man Opportunities 0-3 1-1
Stats Leaders UR HPU
Goals GINESTRO - 2
GOLDBERG - 2
LOMAS - 4
Assists GOLDBERG - 1
CHETNER - 1
THISTLE - 2
Ground Balls MORAN - 6
HYNES - 6
DENNIS - 6
PILUSO - 10
Face-offs MORAN - 7-18
PILUSO - 11-18
Saves PUGH - 14
GEISLER - 12

A-Sun Men's Lacrosse Notes: Jacksonville vs. High Point 
• Mitch Goldberg led the Spiders this season in goals and points
• Six different goal scorers, including Ginestro and Goldberg with multi-goal games
• Pugh recorded 14 saves, tied for second highest total this season
• Dan Lomas scored his seventh hat trick of the season, led A-Sun in goals scored


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