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No. 7 Cavaliers spoil Spiders' debut, 13-12

Richmond christens Division I program, almost upsets Virginia

	<p>Sophomore attackman James Pannell scored a career-high seven goals Saturday to lead the No. 4 Cavaliers to a 17-12 win against No. 8 Syracuse.</p>

Sophomore attackman James Pannell scored a career-high seven goals Saturday to lead the No. 4 Cavaliers to a 17-12 win against No. 8 Syracuse.

The seventh-ranked Virginia men’s lacrosse team spoiled the Richmond Spiders’ inaugural Division I game Saturday by way of a tight 13-12 victory. With the victory, the Cavaliers are 2-0 on the season.

Virginia started strong in the game, quickly jumping out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter. Just when it appeared the rout was on, however, the Spiders (0-1) came to life. Freshman goalkeeper Conor Shannon recorded nine saves in the half and Richmond took advantage of several unsettled situations and second-chance opportunities, ripping off seven unanswered goals to take a 9-8 lead into halftime.

The Spiders extended their lead 17 seconds into the third quarter with an unassisted tally from freshman attackman Mitchell Goldberg. The goal spurred the Cavalier defense to buckle down, and it did not allow another goal for the remainder of the quarter.

During the Spiders’ scoring hiatus, Virginia was able to strike three times to retake the lead, 11-10. Richmond managed to tie the game at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers — led by sophomore attackman James Pannell with his second four-goal game of the year — never fell behind again. Pannell scored twice midway through the final quarter to ensure Virginia’s record remained unblemished.

The Cavaliers return to action Feb. 15, when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Drexel.

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