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Bocklet Leads No. 2 Virginia over Mount St. Mary's

Chris Bocklet, courtesy UVa Media RelationsSophomore Chris Bocklet scored four goals and tallied one assist to lead the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers to a 15-7 victory over the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers on Tuesday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium. Bocklet's four goals are a career high, matching his season total during his freshman season in 2009. He did score two goals in UVa's season opener at Drexel.

Virginia improves to 2-0 on the season, while Mount St. Mary's drops to 0-1 after losing its season opener.

Virginia opened up the contest scoring four straight times, beginning when Colin Briggs (Narragansett, R.I.) tallied his first goal of the season when his first shot of the game went into the net unassisted at 11:17 in the first quarter.

Then Bocklet (South Salem, N.Y.) scored four of UVa's next five goals, staking the Cavaliers to a 5-1 advantage after the first quarter. Bocklet scored off a Shamel Bratton (Huntington Station, N.Y.) pass at 4:03, followed by a Steele Stanwick (Baltimore, Md.) helper at 2:44.

Stanwick scored shortly after when Ryan Benincasa (Old Greenwich, Conn.) won the ensuing faceoff, picking up the ground ball running and assisted the score at 2:37.

The Mountaineers put a goal on the scoreboard when Cody Lehrer scored via a Bryant Schmidt pass at 1:47. Bocklet capped the first quarter scoring when he picked up a ground ball behind the cage and swept around to his left, scoring with the clock reading 1.9 seconds.

Bocklet opened up the second quarter with his fourth goal of the game at 12:55 on a pass from Brian Carroll (Towson, Md.). Connor English (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored just over a minute later unassisted at 11:47.

Mount St. Mary's put two more dents in the scoreboard, first at 7:21 when Lehrer scored his second goal of the game on a Christian Kellett assist. Schmidt registered his first collegiate goal unassisted at 2:46, cutting the UVa advantage to four goals, 7-3.

Virginia closed out the half with two goals to take a 9-3 lead into the break. Chris LaPierre (Medford, N.J.) scored his first collegiate goal at 2:06 after Ryan Nizolek (Madison, Conn.) picked up a ground ball via a Mount St. Mary's turnover just prior to his assist.

Matt White (Ridgefield, Conn.) capped the first half scoring when he took a Stanwick pass and scored with 47 seconds left in the first half.

UVa outshot Mount St. Mary's 27-9 in the first half, including 11-2 in the first period.

Shamel Bratton scored the first goal of the third quarter on a Bocklet pass at 10:13. Carroll scored his second goal unassisted at 8:37.

Mount St. Mary's would score again at 2:32 on unassisted goal by Andrew Scalley, capping the third quarter scoring with his first collegiate goal.

English started the scoring for both teams in the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals, starting with one via a Nick O'Reilly (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) pass at 13:49. English tallied an unassisted score at 12:12, his third of the game to give UVa the 13-4 lead.

Briggs extended UVa's lead with his second goal of the contest at 8:40 on a Matt Kugler (Fairfax Station, Va.) assist.

However, Mount St. Mary's did reciprocate quickly at 7:01 on an Eric Ososki goal, and again at 5:05 on Lehrer's third goal of the game, courtesy of a Mark Stapor pass.

In the middle of The Mountaineers' goals, O'Reilly scored his first collegiate goal for UVa at 6:35 unassisted.

Lehrer scored his fourth goal of the game at 2:10 on an assist by Brendan Harrison, capping the game's scoring.

"I thought we played well offensively during the day," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia "For a team that is a work in progress offensively, I thought it was a step forward today."

UVa's young attack was responsible for 10 of their 15 goals on the afternoon.

Starsia was pleased with his attack when the veteran midfield was heavily defended. "If they are going to slide early to our midfield and that is what teams are doing, like Drexel did on Saturday - when they double pulled us and tripled pulled us in the midfield - our attackmen have to make plays. If midfielders draw the attention, the attackmen need to finish the plays and they did that today."

In addition to Bocklet's career day, English tallied three goals in his second collegiate game, while Briggs added two more scores to pace UVa's scoring. Stanwick, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, added two assists with his one score after giving way in the middle of the third quarter to freshman attackmen Riley and Matt Cockerton, who made their collegiate debut.

Lehrer paced Mount St. Mary's with four goals, the only Mountaineer to score more than once.

UVa outshot Mount St. Mary's for the game, 46-22, while also winning 16-of-25 faceoff chances. UVa also was a perfect 18-of-18 in the clearing game.

No. 2 Virginia returns to action on Saturday against No. 18 Stony Brook (1-0). The game will be played at the University Hall Turf Field and will faceoff at 3 p.m.

Courtesy VirginiaSports.com