Virginia jumped out to an early lead on a rainy night at Klockner Stadium and always had an answer when Robert Morris made a push to get back in the game. The Cavaliers extended their 9-5 halftime lead into a 14-7 lead by the end of the third quarter and then tacked on another five goals in the fourth quarter to finish with the 19-10 victory.
Virginia had a big night from senior Mikey Herring, who scored six goals in the game. Herring scored four of his goals in the second half, and had a 3-0 mini-run of his own from late in the third quarter to the 11:13 mark in the 4th quarter that helped UVA turn a 13-7 game into a 16-7 lead. Herring only had 10 goals coming into this game, so his six goal explosion this evening must have been a very pleasant surprise for coach Tiffany and his staff.
UVA’s Justin Schwenk had a good game at face-off, as he went 22 of 28 at the dot. Matt Moore also played very well against the Colonials, as he finished with 9 points (2Gs, 7As). Michael Kraus also had a good game versus Robert Morris, as he had a hat-trick and three assists on the evening. Additionally, Ryan Conrad also had a big night with five goals.
Robert Morris fought valiantly, but they couldn’t keep up with the Cavaliers today. UVA was quicker to the ball when it was on the ground (40-25 GB advantage) and UVA’s pressure defense helped lead to 5 failed Robert Morris clears. Alex Heger had 16 saves, but UVA was able to get to him early and often. Tyson Gibson led Robert Morris in points this evening with 7 (2Gs, 5As). Additionally, Corson Kealey had four goals on the night and Matt Schmidt also finished with four points against the Cavs (2Gs, 2As).
UVA moves on to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. They will travel to Hempstead, NY next Sunday to play the winner of Towson vs. Maryland.