Richmond Edges Jacksonville, Clinches A-Sun Playoff Berth
from Press Release
RICHMOND, Va. — Junior Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored a man-up goal with 31 seconds remaining to clinch an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship berth for Richmond as the Spiders posted a 13-12 home win over Jacksonville at Robins Stadium on Easter Sunday.
Hatem's three goals led the team and tied for the game high.
The Spiders are 4-9 overall, 2-2 in the Atlantic Sun, earning the third berth to the championship in just their first year of Division I lacrosse. Richmond has captured victory in four of its last eight games. Jacksonville falls to 3-8 overall, 2-2 in the ASun.
The Spiders won 20 of the 29 faceoffs, a school-record total and just the second time this season winning more than half of the duels at the midfield X. Faceoff specialist Peter Moran (Reston, Va. / South Lakes) set a school record with 11 ground balls and the 20 faceoff wins.
It took seven minutes for the first goal of the game, as the Dolphins leading scorer, Tom Moore, found the back of the net for his 20th of the season. That was the longest stretch without a goal in the game.
Richmond tied it with a goal by Brad Burnam (Nedrow, N.Y.), assisted by Dan Ginestro (Syracuse, N.Y.), at the 5:05 mark, and Ginestro scored 90 seconds later toi give Richmond the 2-1 lead.
Moore scored again one minute later before Burnam and Hatem put in goals for a 4-2 Richmond lead at the end of the first.
The Dolphins scored twice to start the second quarter and tie the game, but the Spiders scored four-straight goals in a stretch of 2:30, including a man-up goal by Ginestro for an 8-4 lead.
JU's Quint Miller put a goal in with 27 seconds in the half for an 8-5 score. The Spiders outshot the Dolphins 20-14 in the first half, winning nine of the 15 faceoffs in the half.
Long-stick midfielder Brendan Hynes (Mahopac, N.Y.) posted Richmond's first goal of the third quarter, his second score of the season, but the Dolphins scored five of the game's next six goals to tie the score at 10 at the end of the third.
Freshman J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) took over the team lead in goals with his 24th of the season and second of the game to start the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins took the lead for the second time in the game with consecutive goals, from Tom Moore and Chase Miller with 9:37 to play in regulation.
With 6:27 on the clock, Jean-Luc Chetner (Penticton, BC) took a pass from Forester to tie the game at 12.
The Dolphins killed off a one-minute penalty at the 3:28 mark, but a final one-minute slashing penalty at 1:23 eventually resulted in the Hatem game-winner.
The team served 10 combined penalty minutes, with JU taking 7:30 in penalty time. The Spiders had a 10 shot edge (46-36), and had 20 more ground balls (49-29) over the Dolphins. Hynes had seven ground balls to lead the defense. The 49 ground balls, 46 shots and 28 shots on goal were all program highs, while the 11 turnovers were the second-lowest in this inaugural season.
Richmond goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va. / Woodberry Forest School) had seven saves for his fourth win (4-7) of the year.
Dolphin goalie Pete DeLuca made 15 saves in the loss (3-8).
Burnam, Forester, GInestro and Chetner all finished with two goals each. Chetner led all players with three assists and his five points were the game-high total.
The Dolphins need a win next week against Furman to clinch the final berth in the tournament, which will be hosted by Mercer on May 1 and 3.
Richmond finishes the regular season at VMI next Saturday at noon. A win or a Jacksonville loss would give the Spiders the three-seed in the four-team ASun Tournament, pitting them against High Point in Macon, Ga.
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