Junior attackman Chris Bocklet had four goals and one assist while senior Shamel Bratton added a hat trick in No. 1 Virginia's 12-9 victory over No. 18 Drexel in the season opener for both teams. While the Cavaliers never trailed, the Dragons certainly didn't make it easy, tying the game six times, including five times in the second half.
Junior goalie Rob Fortunato got the first start of his career, as senior Adam Ghitelman did not play due to what head coach Dom Starsia described as a "team matter." Fortunato certainly stepped up to the occasion, recording 12 saves, 10 of which came in the second half.
"That was wonderful," Starsia said. "You're happy for a kid who needs to step in a situation like that. He certainly has worked hard for three years and paid his dues and gets a chance to play on the big stage, and he stepped up and played very well."
"I've been waiting for that for a while, for the past two-and-a-half years," Fortunato said. "Adam's been supporting me ... I don't know the future of things, but it was an incredible feeling to know the team was going to support me. I just had to take the responsibility and man up to it."
"Rob's always working, he's always trying to get better, and I'm just super-psyched for him," Bocklet, who is roommates with Fortunato, said. "He finally got his chance, and he played amazing."
Virginia will host Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Klockner Stadium. The Mount was selected preseason to finish third in the Northeast Conference, and are led by the 2010 NEC Coach of the Year in Tom Gravante.