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VMI goalkeeper Sean McCoy (3) faces yet another shot from Danny Glading (9), Monday, March 5, 2007.

It only took the Virginia men’s lacrosse team six minutes to match Saturday’s entire first half offensive output (against Syracuse), scoring their first seven goals in a 20-0 thrashing of the VMI Keydets at Kl√∂ckner Stadium. With the win, Virginia’s record improves to 3-1, while VMI’s falls to 1-2.

VMI goalkeeper Sean McCoy turned in a good performance under difficult conditions, but simply couldn’t stop the onslaught of a Virginia offense that took 54 shots during the game, 32 of which were on-goal. Led by a career high five goals from Ben Rubeor (6) and four from Danny Glading (9), nine Virginia players scored on the evening. Half of the Cavalier points came from the bench, and four non-scoring players notched assists.

Virginia’s offensive onslaught continued unabated until VMI managed a shot with 6:21 left in the first quarter. While the Keydets did manage three more shots in the first half, Virginia’s goalie Kip Turner (15) only had a single save opportunity before reserve goalie Bud Petit (8) stepped in to take over in the Cavalier cage. In over 18 minutes of action, Petit never faced a shot that was on-goal.

Photo copyright (c) 2007 Tom McCrystal

Cavalier goalkeeper Kip Turner (15) runs down a ground ball against VMI, Monday, March 5, 2007. There wasn’t much else for Turner to handle that evening. (Click for a larger version: 108K.)

Virginia scored on six of its first nine shots of the game to take control of the contest. The lead grew to 7-0 before the Keydets were able to take their first shot of the game at the 6:21 mark of the first quarter.

With Virginia leading 11-0 going into the second quarter, coach Dom Starsia began looking to the bench. A total of 37 Cavaliers — every player available — took to the field. Even so, Virginia continued to dominate the stats: 62 of 24 ground balls and 17 of 24 face-offs. Sophomore Gavin Gill (4) added three goals while Junior Ryan Kelly (22) and Freshman Tim Fuchs scored a pair each.

Two freshmen goalies closed out Virginia’s first shutout in eight years. Mark Wade (21) went into action towards the end of the third quarter, stopping one shot in 13 and a half minutes. Rob Eimer took the field with about six minutes left and saved two. It was Eimer’s his first appearance in the cage as a Cavalier.

Next up for Virginia is #7 ranked Princeton. The game will be played at Kl√∂ckner Stadium in Charlottesville at 1 pm. The Cavaliers will be celebrating “Champions Day” as they raise their 2006 National Championship Banner. The first 500 fans will receive a 2006 championship poster.